ANZ climate complaint ruling highlights need for Australia to follow other countries and pass new climate finance laws
December 15. After almost two years, the Australian National Contact Point has made a determination on the international climate complaint by Bushfire survivors and Friends of the Earth Australia. The complainants express their disappointment that the determination finds ANZ’s practices are ‘consistent’ with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises. Yet we note a number of important findings in the ruling that will support the development of climate litigation in Australia and globally. The Independent Examiner found that “Accordingly, each entity in that chain has obligations regarding climate change: government regulators (international legal obligations), businesses (due diligence obligations under the UNGPs and Guidelines), and individuals (eg. not to harm others human rights).”
A new report by Friends of the Earth Australia comprehensively debunks claims that nuclear power is cheap or affordable in the Australian context.
This article, from Chain Reaction magazine written by Zianna Fuad, is a small story about a motley crew of caring souls that have risen together to reject the destruction of public state forests across Gumbaynggirr homelands.
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. Chris Schuringa shares their experiences in this Chain Reaction #140 article.
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.
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. Alana Mountain shares her experiences in this Chain Reaction #140 article.
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.
We stand in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en land defenders who are standing in the way of the largest fracking project in Canadian history being built on their ancestral lands.
This article was written for Chain Reaction magazine by queer, enviro and social justice activists, Zianna Fuad (they/them) and Phil Evans (he/him or they/them), who are part of the Friends of the Earth community.
The Conference of Parties (COP) climate negotiations in Glasgow has just ended. Climate science makes it clear that we are running out of time to avoid climate catastrophe and this COP was vital in terms of achieving global agreement to act to limit overall climate heating.