Student asks PM: What 3things are you doing to change the world?Students had the chance to grill Prime Minister Julia Gillard during last night's episode of Q&A. The special "High School Showdown" invited school kids to quiz the PM about the issues that matter to them most. Brianna Colgan, a year 12 student and avid 3things fan, decided to ask the PM what 3 things she's doing in her personal life to help change the world. Read the full story »
Land grabs: what's the big deal?Here’s a paradox for you: 870 million or 1 in 8 people are going hungry on our planet. But in the past decade, Oxfam research suggests global land deals have covered enough land to feed one billion people. So if there is – theoretically – enough land to feed the world’s hungry, where are we going wrong? Read the full story »
Ian Thorpe's open letterDear state, territory and federal government leaders, I got behind the Close the Gap campaign because I believed it’s totally unacceptable that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples die 10–17 years younger than non-Indigenous Australians. Read the full story »
The Arms Trade Treaty - why we're stoked about it!Put your arms up in the air! We're celebrating a monumental step forward in the struggle against global gun violence with the passing of a ground-breaking Arms Trade Treaty by the United Nations today. Read the full story »
Four days in TunisiaI know it sounds cliché, but the atmosphere was nothing less than inspirational. There was such a sense of unity and ‘power to the people’ as various movements and organisations from around the world came together to march in solidarity through the streets of Tunis chanting for a more just world. We picked up our own supporters along the way and joined in with the mantras of others as well from time to time. My favourite chant out of them all: ‘Women’s rights are human rights’. Read the full story »
WTF is the WSF?WTF is the World Social Forum? I've travelled to Tunisia with 30 other young activists from around the world to find out exactly that. With thousands of workshops, music performances, exhibitions and activities scheduled to kick off in Tunis next week, it almost sounds like a summer festival with a social justice slant. Read the full story »
Excellence is the New Black (coffee!)
Cool campaign alert!
Australia's politicians had a chance to reflect on the growing movement of Indigenous excellence as they sipped on their takeaway coffees from Aussie's Café in Parliament House.
That's one smart way to get a message in the hands, and on the lips, of our country's leaders.Read the full story »
The Carmichael Mine-strosity
Many were in disbelief late last week when it was announced that Environmental Minister Tony Burke had given the go ahead for Indian Mining magnate Adani Group to be working in Tasmania's Tarkine region – effectively creating Australia's largest open cut coal mine in an area renowned for its highly diverse eco system.
In doing so, Burke ignored the recommendations of many, including the Australian Heritage Council, and now 96% of the region's wildlife faces an uncertain future.
The mine would have a maximum production capacity of 60 mega-tonnes per annum. A better way to comprehend this figure is to think of it this way - when an amount of coal that large is burned, it releases more than 128.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide into the air, overtaking the fuel combustion of Sweden, Norway and Denmark combined!Read the full story »