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 #137, December 2019


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Regular Items

Friends of the Earth Australia News

Climate & Energy

Bushfires and climate change

Change the system or face climate catastrophe ‒ Dipti Bhatnagar

Human Rights and Climate Change: Brisbane Conference Summary ‒ Wendy Flannery

Exploring the criteria for Statehood in international law in respect to climate change induced migration ‒ Freya Bliss

Climate change and Tuvalu sovereignty ‒ Taukiei Kitara

Electric Vehicles: Why is Australia in the slow lane? ‒ Dan Bleakly

The communities on the frontline of new fossil fuels in Victoria ‒ Kate Wattchow

The Commons Social Change Library

What we're missing in climate conversations ‒ Aaron Brooks

Other Articles

Australia's hypocrisy on nuclear weapons cannot continue ‒ Gem Romuld

Why the nuclear lobby makes stuff up about the cost of wind and solar ‒ Giles Parkinson

What does the state government's announcement actually mean for Victoria's forests? ‒ Goongerah Environment Centre

Yeelirrie Solidarity Camp 2019 ‒ K-A Garlick

Federal Government and 'opposition' sign off on uncontrolled genetic experiment ‒ Louise Sales

Facing barbarism ‒ David Faber

Towards a government committed to a Green New Deal ‒ Tony Webb

Neoliberalism versus justice on Ecuador's mining frontier ‒ Rainforest Information Centre & Rainforest Action Group

Environmental activist killings double as corruption identified as key driver ‒ Nick Kilver


Songspirals: Sharing women's wisdom of Country through songlines

Climate Futures: Re-imagining Global Climate Justice

Pluriverse: Why we need alternatives to development

Bruce Pascoe: Selected Stories and Essays

Social Defence

The Hard Right in Australia

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Issue #137, December 2019 - click here

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Issue #135, April 2019 - click here

Issue  #134, December 2018 - click here

Issue #133, September 2018 - click here

Issue #132, April 2018 - click here

Issue #131, December 2017 - click here

Issue #130, September 2017 - click here for PDF

Issue #129 - click here for PDF

Issue #128 - click here for PDF

Issues #97 (2006) to #127 (2016) are posted here

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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.