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Unfuck the Planet

Posted on July 24th, by Counteractive in Campaigns, Events, News. No Comments

How do we unfuck the planet?

Well, it’s not entirely an easy question to answer but we went to Splendour in the Grass and tried to have a crack at it along with some of the best activist brains in the country.

Splendour in the Grass turns 16 this year, and the Splendour Forum has become a key part of it over the last seven years with the growing institution of the Splendour Q&A (which Barnaby Joyce woosed out of this year), lots of comedy and nerdy learning.

They have a great tradition of bringing progressive and contentious ideas, and injecting a bit of politics and activism into a festival scene otherwise filled with dancing, drinking and too much plastic.

Our unfucking conversation was wide ranging – hosted by Dr Lindsay McDougall – prolific tweeter, musician and all round champ.

We heard about the biggest … Read More »



The peoples parliament

Posted on December 4th, by Counteractive in Campaigns, News. No Comments

On Wednesday 2nd February the largest climate civil disobedience in Australia’s history occurred in Federal Parliament. People from all walks of life came together for a powerful gathering holding our elected leaders to account.

Led by traditional custodians, pacific islanders and communities impacted by living on the frontlines of climate change, over 250 gathered in Canberra for several days preparation, action, and learning. As we occupied Parliament House the staff got quite the surprise as hundreds of people commenced their own Peoples Parliament – hearing from those with most to lose (and most to learn from) from climate change.

The well organised event saw more than 200 people dragged from Parliament simply for speaking their mind in the foyer. No arrests were made.

You can check the Peoples Parliament website and still send messages of support, and read others here. Some of the … Read More »



Pledging to protect country

Posted on June 22nd, by Counteractive in Campaigns, News. No Comments

Today we stood with more than 120 people from across the country, and all up and down the reef coast of Queensland, pledging to do what it takes to stand in the way of the expansion of the coal industry in the Galilee basin, and the proposed expansion of Abbott Point coal terminal.

After sharing workshops and experience on Birri land for several days we headed to the port for a peaceful action. Led by a delegation of traditional owners, we were welcomed onto Juru country and gave our pledges to defend country to Aunty Carol Prior. The delegation breached port private roads, and attempted to deliver the pledges to the facility but were turned back.

We stood with them today, and you can too. Check out our photos and sign the pledge: www.reefdefenders.net

UPDATE: And see the beautiful event for yourself in … Read More »



Raising the heat – raising the bar

Posted on May 21st, by Counteractive in Campaigns, Case study, Events, News. No Comments

What a day! Actions all over the country, including a massive action we supported and participated in at a key Melbourne Commonwealth Bank branch. More than 60 people gathered with 25 remaining all day (9 hours!) occupying and triggering a complete shut down of the bank, as well as a number of others around the country. It was part of a massive week of action that 350.org have coordinated, and this action was pulled off by Direct Action Melbourne, consisting of a large range of groups and individuals concerned about climate change, such as Quit Coal, 350.org, Frontline Action on Coal, CounterAct and others.

We were calling on Commbank to rule out funding in the controversial climate catastrophe in waiting – the proposed Abbott Point coal, port expansion, and the massive mines proposed, by Adani, for the Galilee Basin in Queensland.

Activists … Read More »



What the warriors taught me

Posted on November 24th, by Counteractive in Campaigns, Case study, News. No Comments

I saw a coal ship loaded with 100 000 tonnes of coal come to a grinding halt in the port of Newcastle.
It was a beautiful sight to behold.
A handful of traditional carved canoes backed up by hundreds of Australians in kayak as the pacific climate warriors flotilla was successful in blocking and delaying access to coal ships for a day.

Lots has been written about the climate warriors and their trip to Australia. Lots of people have
written about bravery, and defiance and ‘against all odds’ and David and goliath, scrambling for tried
and true ways to describe the stunning contrast of a handful of people up against, literally up against, the coal machine.

A metaphor in a metaphor. A graphic visual of resistance writ large.
But I want to talk about other things.

Heart, spirit and resilience.

The final prep and training phases for the flotilla … Read More »



Building alliances against big coal

Posted on March 5th, by Counteractive in Campaigns, News. No Comments

From a farming community and a small base camp, the campaign to save Maules Creek and the Leard state forest in New South Wales, from being turned into a massive new coal mine, has grown into an issue of national importance and is one of the strongest emerging frontlines for the climate movement in resisting new coal expansion.

The success of the growing campaign and the consistent direct action which has been running for over 500 days and more recently consistently with a series of running actions for last two months, can be measured in part by the increasing attacks from the mining industry in the media and efforts to shut down camp.

With headlines in the Australian like Whitehaven under pressure as Maules brawl steps up and a public campaign seeking to marginalise the protestors, as well as pressure being put … Read More »



Real direct action on climate

Posted on December 8th, by Counteractive in Campaigns, Events, News. No Comments

It has been a whirlwind few weeks with a really well received series of nonviolent direct action trainings rolled out all over the country. With support from 350.org, the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and Greenpeace over 150 activists took part in training in Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth to prepare for real direct action on climate.

We wrote a few new info sheets for these events which are available on our resources page, and had a great time meeting and working with people across the country.  It is an exciting time for change with new people stepping out of their comfort zone to take action.  We even had wait lists in several cities, so stay tuned for at least one more event soon in January 2014 in Melbourne next year.  You can also get along to Act Up at Maules … Read More »