Spirit of Place in the Climate Crisis

It was a quiet afternoon at Camp Binbee – the exhausted recovery from the at times frantic activity of trying to stop Adani’s proposed mega coal mine. As the hot breeze rustled through the trees, a few of us sat down for tattoos. The medium was the “stick and...

Climate tensions coming to the surface

“We who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.” – Martin Luther King Jr. “Australia is taking real action on climate change and getting results,”...

Repeat a lie often enough – Lock on laws passed in parliament

You know the saying, “Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth”. Various psychological studies over the years have found some validity in the theory, and on a daily basis around the world people try it out for various reasons and to various extents....

Science, magic and the climate crisis

I’ve always been one of those people (you know, the artists, religious believers and flat-earthers) who believes not everything can be explained by science. Science is good for understanding the mechanics of how things work, but not necessarily why we should care how...

Living dangerously on the climate frontlines

Living at Camp Binbee, welcoming new people is a regular task. As part of the process introducing them to the camp, everyone signs a document saying they agree to the campaign’s protocol of non-violence – towards one another, towards people we come into contact with,...

Locking on – the great Australian political tradition

The first Australian political “lock-on” took place in 1908, in an auspicious location: the British House of Parliament. Muriel Matters grew up in South Australia, one of the first places in the world where women could vote. Moving to Britain and illegible to vote due...