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Harvesting resistance

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

On the first weekend of November 2015 a significant event took place on a farm near the small town of Breeza, NSW. More than 500 people gathered for the Liverpool Plains Harvest Festival– travelling from as far away as Melbourne and Airlie Beach – to learn more, and build resistance to the proposed Shenhua coal mine.

The project has been highly controversial and the resistance diverse. The support for the local farmers and inspiring female leaders of the Liverpool Plains Youth crosses party political divides – the event was attended by Greens MPs, ex member Tony Windsor, and Jacque Lambe.

With the black soil of the Liverpool plains being among the most fertile in the country, a growing chorus of people from across Australia have raised urgent concerns with our food bowl being trashed for a foreign owned company to dig up … Read More »

Defending the commons

Posted on July 20th, by Counteractive in Campaigns, Case study, Events, News. No Comments

This article was originally published here in New Matilda: Environmentalist and non-violent direct action trainer Nicola Paris hits back at a parliamentary inquiry threatening green groups’ tax exempt status.

More than thirty years ago people in Tasmania made history as nonviolent protest changed the nature of political debate on the environment in this country.

In recent years, politicians from both sides of the political divide have honoured that victory.

The Franklin River is enjoyed by people today, because of those hardy souls who made history decades ago.

This week in Hobart, key figures from that campaign, and other organisations protecting Tasmania’s iconic wild places, will appear before a hostile parliamentary inquiry seeking to strip environmental organisations of their public support.

The intent of the inquiry has always been clear – even before being telegraphed by outspoken right wing warrior MP, George Christensen.

It’s about removing funding … Read More »

Direct action gets the goods

Posted on June 25th, by Counteractive in Campaigns, News. No Comments

So said a comment online yesterday.  As news of the World Heritage announcement spread like wildfire it was great to watch the facebook newsfeed – tears and laughter and elation and vindication.  This win will be claimed by many, but a special part of it needs to be owned by the frontline crew.

I’ve worked around the fringes of the forest campaign for more than ten years now – and have consistently been amazed at the tenacity and toughness of the people who speak for the trees.

No matter what your view on the so called ‘tassie peace deal’ – you have to credit a big part of this win to the people on the frontline.  For crazy-glorious pirate ships, for living in the tree tops, imagination and gender bending ‘be my florentine’ beauty pageants, for people camped in muddy winter holding … Read More »