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 #135, April 2019


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Friends of the Earth Australia News

Students Strike for Climate Action

150,000 students strike for climate action around Australia

Why these Australian students will strike for climate change action

The climate change strike: from a student who was there ‒ Aceda Rose

Climate change is sexist: why I'm striking to support girls around the globe ‒ Lauren Lancaster

International Women's Day

International Women's Day needs to return to its radical roots ‒ Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah and Ana Ines Abelenda

Gender justice and dismantling patriarchy

International Women's Day 2019

Racism in Australia; Terrorism in Christchurch

Calling out those who created a toxic environment for Muslims ‒ Susie Latham

Tears for Christchurch: Australia first imported hate in 1788. Now we're in the export business. ‒ Chris Graham

Other Articles

Dirty deeds: how to stop Australian miners abroad being linked to death and destruction ‒ Julia Dehm

Gina and Twiggy’s South American adventure ‒ Anthony Amis

Leading gene editing experts call for a moratorium on its use in humans ‒ Louise Sales

Adani's new law firm put forward 'trained attack dog' strategy for waging legal 'war' ‒ Josh Robertson

Aboriginal voices are missing from the Murray-Darling Basin crisis ‒ Bradley J. Moggridge and Ross M. Thompson

Policy and politicians are failing our environment and our future ‒ Ebony Bennett

The major parties really don't care that much about the environment ‒ Henry Boer

Why waste-carbon injection is a dangerous distraction from climate action ‒ Catherine Hearse, Zianna Fuad and Kate Wattchow

Hinchinbrook Island open for business ‒ Ingrid Marker

Electric cars are OK, but public transport is better ‒ Rachel Lynskey

War, what is it good for ... besides blood lust and the Avalon Airshow? ‒ Dave Sweeney

WWF benefiting from histories of human rights abuse ‒ Lian Sinclair

Protecting grassy plains west of Melbourne ‒ Ben Courtice

The saga of Lynas Corporation and its massive piles of toxic wastes in Malaysia ‒ Lee Tan and K.K. Tan


Wrong Way: How Privatisation and Economic Reform Backfired

Not that bad: Dispatches from rape culture

Adani and the War Over Coal

The food sharing revolution

The story of a weed killer, cancer and the corruption of science

The Women's Atlas

The Mess We're In ‒ Bernard Keane

Yes Yes Yes: Australia's journey to marriage equality

Vandana Shiva: Shattering Illusions, Seeding Freedom

Hoodwinked: How Pauline Hanson fooled a nation

Governing shale gas in the US, Canada, Australia, and Europe

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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.

Old issues from 1975 to 1994 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.