Chain Reaction Magazine


Published three times a year, Chain Reaction is the national magazine of Friends of the Earth, Australia. Published since 1975, Chain Reaction has built up a loyal audience and earned a reputation as a progressive magazine at the forefront of environmental and social debates in Australia. You can read a short history of Chain Reaction here.

Latest issue: Chain Reaction #130, September 2017

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  • Permaculture and Activism ‒ David Holmgren
  • The Art of Frugal Hedonism ‒ Kirsten Bradley
  • The long campaign against the environment movement ‒ Cam Walker
  • Making history: El Salvador becomes first country to ban metal mining ‒ Sam Cossar-Gilbert and Riccardo Navarro
  • Put that bottle down now! Nanoparticles in infant formula products ‒ Louise Sales
  • FoE Melbourne's new forest campaign ‒ Ed Hill
  • FoE's Dirt Radio going strong in its sixth year ‒ John Langer
  • Pesticides and drinking water supplies ‒ Anthony Amis


  • Yami Lester
  • Aboriginal people do not want a nuclear waste dump in South Australia ‒ Karina Lester
  • Talisman Saber 2017 military exercises ‒ Robin Taubenfeld
  • Boys and their toys: the growing movement against nuclear nations ‒ Sue Wareham
  • Nuclear power's annus horribilis ‒ Jim Green
  • The case for a climate budget: It's time for Victoria to invest in climate action ‒ Leigh Ewbank
  • 2016 another record year for renewables
  • What's behind the Finkel Review on energy security? ‒ Ben Courtice
  • What does Finkel mean for community power? ‒ Kim Shore
  • A climate solution that also lifts indigenous rights ‒ Douglas Fischer


  • Ten Years Too Long – Stop the Intervention
  • Around the world, environmental laws are under attack ‒ Bill Laurance
  • Environmental defenders being killed in record numbers globally, new research reveals ‒ Jonathan Watts and John Vidal
  • Fracking pipeline construction looms ‒ Jimmy Cocking
  • Radiation risks and fracking
  • Controversial copper mine on Bougainville hits roadblock


  • Witness to the Revolution: Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies

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Issue #129 - click here for PDF

Issue #128 - click here for PDF

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 "Chain Reaction is a worthwhile and accessible avenue for identifying teacher and student resources as well as keeping up to date on environmental issues."

-- Journal of the Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria, March 2011.