With fires devastating communities and landscapes across much of the country, it has been a sombre start to the year. The focus, of course, must be on stopping the fires, protecting people, animals and landscapes, and initial disaster relief. But we must also have the conversation about why these fires have been so bad, and what we need to do to reduce future fire risk. All those affected by the bushfire—the firefighters, first responders, community members, and wildlife — are front of mind for us.
The Firesticks Alliance is an Indigenous led organisation that works with communities, land and fire agencies and organisations across Australia.
A yet to be published Friends of the Earth investigation into pesticide residues on imported food into Australia, has shown that food imports from China, contain by far the largest amount of breaches from any country. The highest residues were detected in Chinese grown Lychees.
Friends of the Earth International verdict on COP25: Prospects for vulnerable communities in the global South look dire, as wealthy countries refuse to pay up for the climate damage they have caused and Northern governments and corporations push forward carbon trading.
In November each year BHP holds its Australian AGM. The world's biggest mining company recently has been using the opportunity to tell its hundreds of attendant shareholders how it is committing to a clean transition from being one of the biggest carbon emitters to one of the biggest providers of 'green' minerals for the renewable energy sector.
The recent fire disasters in New South Wales and Queensland has played havoc with koala populations in those regions. Thousands of animals have been reported to have been killed and recent media reports have controversially suggested that the species is effectively functionally extinct.