Australian government must ensure strong action at home as historic negotiations on global plastic treaty move forward
5 June 2023, Paris The second round of negotiations for a new global treaty to end plastic pollution has concluded in Paris, France. After five days of negotiations important steps forward in the process towards ambitious global action have been made, key outcomes of the negotiations included; agreement to develop a zero draft treaty text for future binding treaty on plastics discussions on the 12 core obligations options for the new plastic treaty Australian government active as part of ‘high-ambition coalition’ for the binding treaty with over 50 other countries support by many governments for global measures to reduce plastic production, regulate the waste trade, ensure chemical transparency and ban single use plastics the third round of negotiations will be held Nairobi, Kenya in November 2023.
Friends of the Earth Australia (FoEA) is a federation made up of 13 independent member groups. We normally meet each year for our national meeting, but two years of lockdowns has made this hard. So it was great to finally get together in real life at Commonground, on Taungurung Country in north central Victoria.
To become post-extractivist, we need to ask some deep, searching, questions about what the extent to which we're willing to change our mindsets and ways of living, writes Aia Newport for Chain Reaction #143. "How do we face the western addiction to convenience and consumption and admit there is no space for private luxuries in a post-extractivist world? How do we overcome our fears and learn to share and co-operate?"
The extractivist development model has been in place and perpetuated since colonial times. But what do we actually mean when we say something is "extractivist" or "post-extractivist"? Natalie Lowrey and Anisa Rogers provide an overview of the terms for Chain Reaction #143.
Who won the inaugural CaneToad awards? Rhys Dolby reports, for Chain Reaction #141.
In compiling this edition, Chain Reaction asked activists to share their experiences of gender (in)justice and dismantling the patriarchy within the broader environment and social justice movement. Author of Butterfly's Children, Eleanor (Annie) March, shares her thoughts in this Chain Reaction #140 article.