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30 000 people Broke Free

Posted on May 18th, by Counteractive in Uncategorized. No Comments

What an amazing two weeks as we watched the world Break Free from fossil fuels. Some would say it was poetry.

The last of the Break Free global actions has just rolled out and it has been called the single biggest act of coordinated resistance to fossil fuels in history. From the stunning display of Ende Gelande in Germany, to Ogoni resistance in Nigeria, Philippines and ten other countries, 30 000 people participated in 20 huge actions on six continents. The movement has set our terms.

In Australia on the 8th May nearly 2,000 people participated in the largest single act of civil disobedience in the history of Australia’s climate movement. Together people stopped any coal coming into, or going out of, the world’s largest coal ports at Newcastle.

Working with allies in 350.org, Front Line Action on Coal, traditional custodians, pacific islanders, … Read More »



Civil disobedience in the public interest

Posted on July 27th, by Counteractive in Campaigns, Case study, News, Resources, Uncategorized. No Comments

It’s a challenging process to write a submission for a parliamentary inquiry that seems so likely have a forgone conclusion.

The committee that is examining the tax deductible status and regulations of environment groups telegraphed their desired outcomes long before receiving any evidence. Luckily for us, the mining companies were a bit slow on the uptake so they were allowed late submissions, and then we were – which is exciting – as we thought we’d missed the chance with a full plate, and only slightly less resources than the mining industry.

Over 99% of the more than 9000 submissions supported the environment movement, and the incredible history and gains that have been made for everyone in this country – through a range of protest, lobbying, advocacy, markets and divestment campaigning and yes, tree planting.

Apparently the last one is the only one that … Read More »



On progress and inclusion

Posted on November 8th, by Counteractive in Uncategorized. No Comments

It is timely that I am currently attending an event for Australia’s progressive community – Progress 2013.  Whilst there have been some excellent speakers and panels the attendance is dominated by people who can afford to be there, and in the main whose organisations are covering their costs.

After surveying over 100 self identified activists and grassroots campaigners across Australia it is evident that an event such as Progress is fulfilling some of the training needs of these campaigners… but possibly at a cost they can’t afford.

In our new report, ‘Creating change in Australia’, amongst an extensive wish list of training needs, three common themes emerged – the need for movement building, and the toolkit that comes with that – good organising, volunteer retention, facilitation skills amongst other things, and communication – both practical skills and strategy. The other was direct action and legal skills, but … Read More »