Chain Reaction

Changing Beautifully: Transforming Carbon

Aug 24, 2022

"What would happen if we talked of caring for carbon?", asks Aviva Reed, a transdisciplinary visual ecologist, for Chain Reaction #143. Perhaps always thinking of carbon as the "enemy" of the climate erases the place it has in the ecology of life? This beautiful image-essay shares two of Aviva's visual artworks, and radical ecological philosophy about the importance of interrogating our relationship with carbon.

Possible Mindsets for Post-Extractive Futures

Aug 24, 2022

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?"

Australia’s Mining Rush for Green Energy

Aug 24, 2022

Australia is leading a mining boom to provide resources for the ‘green energy transition’ - a transformation in energy and infrastructure which the Paris Agreement (2015) stipulates must occur to avoid perilous levels of global heating. Within Australia and globally, this mining expansion is affecting already stressed environments and communities, with impacts likely to dramatically increase as mining projects are pushed through to meet industry demands. 



What is Extractivism?

Aug 20, 2022

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.

Graphic outlining component parts of "extractivist" mindset

The Workers on the Frontline of Climate Impacts

Aug 14, 2022

The Climate Impacts at Work report details that workers are already heavily impacted by climate change - from poorly ventilated kitchens, to accessible housing in heated-surburbia. Anna Langford writes for Chain Reaction #142.

large group of smiling people standing behind a banner that reads "climate change is no laughing matter"

Protecting our Native Forests for Climate and Public Health

Aug 12, 2022

Forests can help us mitigate climate impacts - yet Victoria's native forests are being logged and burned, writes Alana Mountain writes for Chain Reaction #142.

Climate Change and Natural Disasters

Aug 10, 2022

We know that climate change is already making natural disasters worse. And, we know that action now means less pain later. Cam Walker presents some of the impacts climate change is currently having on natural disasters, in Chain Reaction #142.

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COVID was just a practice run

Aug 08, 2022

The Lismore floods show that radical action needs to be taken now, writes Zianna Faud for Chain Reaction #142 - "...although I have trust in spontaneous and unpredictable social transformation, the truth is, there is no such thing as ‘normal’ anymore."

A house bursts into flames in the Lismore climate floods

The Lismore Floods: A Reflection

Aug 06, 2022

Tessa Campisi shares a heartfelt reflection on the Lismore floods, for Chain Reaction #142.

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CR #143: From the Archives

Aug 01, 2022

1977, and the critique of Alternative Energy echoes much of what's written elsewhere in this edition.

What could we learn from this critique? What have we already learnt?

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