On Monday November 22, Eric (Sergeio) Herbert, 22, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, 6 months no parole, for taking nonviolent direct action as part of the Blockade Australia mobilisation in Muloobinba / Newcastle. In the last two weeks, climate activists have been given charges that can carry 25 year sentences, and a local community environment centre, completely unconnected to the protest activity, has been raided by police.
With the new Omicron strain of the COVID virus threatening the world and other ongoing COVID outbreaks, the need to end the global vaccine apartheid is more urgent than ever. Less than 5% of people in most low-income countries have received COVID-19 vaccines, while rich countries are reaching 80% or more. Millions are dying while new more infectious strains of the virus develop. For over a year the World Trade Organization (WTO) has been negotiating a waiver on Intellectual Property rules that would enable vaccine knowledge to be shared to ramp up production in countries like India and South Africa, which already produce cheaper generic medicines. Health, civil society organisations and unions are holding a vigil today at 12 pm outside the German Consulate to demand WTO rule changes to share vaccine knowledge and protect the world against new COVID threats.
This radical conversation was recorded and transcribed for Chain Reaction magazine between two radical, queer activists, facilitators and all round awesome folks who are part of the Friends of the Earth community. We will call them M & Z and use they/them pronouns for them both.
The shoes, electronics and products we buy often contain slavery or environmental destruction in their global supply chains. Some of Australia’s biggest mining and banking companies are implicated in abuses overseas and at home, yet these crimes go unpunished. However, momentum is building nationally and globally to hold companies accountable.
Welcome to our September newsletter, where you can find news, updates and events from the many faces of FoE. Thank you for your ongoing support, whether it's reading our content, volunteering, participating in our events or donating to keep us strong. We couldn't do this without you.
Earthworker Education is gearing up for our next iteration of the work - to grow short courses that teach the WHY, WHAT and HOW of Co-operatives. The two sessions that are set for Siteworks (with online back ups) starting at the end of September are prerequisites for the BOOTCAMP as it’s important that the foundations are set well.
New poll shows most Australians support change to trade rules for fair access to vaccines for low-income countries
An Essential Media poll released today shows that 62 per cent of Australians believe the Australian government should support the effort to temporarily waive World Trade Organisation patent rules for COVID-19 vaccines to enable quicker and fairer access to vaccines for low-income countries.
Rio Tinto and Mayur Resources were awarded the Corporate Cane Toad Award for their roles in contributing to environmental destruction and/or human rights violations worldwide . The winners were announced at a ceremony in Melbourne after a month of public voting in which over 1000 people voted for the six companies nominated.