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Poverty, Human Security and Sustainability: Tanzania Case Study

November 3, 2012 by

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BY MARTIN DICKENS. It is through addressing poverty and livelihood security that states then develop the capacity to capitalise on sustainable growth opportunities. On a global level, the imbalance between the environment and human activities are surmised under the Tragedy of the Commons concept, where common natural resources are effectively exploited by international power groups […]

Exploring Deep Ecology

October 29, 2012 by

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BY MARTIN DICKENS. It is through Deep Ecology’s view of humans as being inextricably linked to the natural world that certifies its importance in resolving environmental problems. As a movement, Deep Ecologists seek to challenge the dominant assumptions humans have of the environment in order to reform ethics of the planet (Devall 1994, p. 125). […]

Event Noticeboard: OzGreen Youth Congress — Youth Leading the World

October 25, 2012 by

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An Analytic Summary of Republican & Democrat Climate Change Policy in the Lead-up to the 2012 US Election

October 18, 2012 by

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BY LISA TUCK. — Introduction The climate change policies implemented by the United States of America are of particular importance due to the nation’s status as the global hegemonic power. Although in current times this power is waning, the United States retains much of its symbolic influence as the ‘leader of the free world’. In […]

PODCAST: Interview with Anna Rose — ‘Madlands: A Journey to Change the Mind of a Climate Sceptic’

June 14, 2012 by

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BY LISA TUCK. In this interview, I speak with Anna Rose, co-founder of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, star of the ABC TV documentary 'I Can Change Your Mind About...Climate' and author of 'Madlands: A Journey to Change the Mind of a Climate Sceptic'. In the interview, Anna and I talk about her experiences with former Liberal senator Nick Minchin in the production of I Can Change Your Mind About...Climate, what she learnt from making the documentary and writing Madlands about the nature of climate scepticism, her response to intellectual and social conservatism in the climate debate, and the crucial role of young people in the climate movement.

TRAVEL DIARY: India – My Trip to the Subcontinent

June 7, 2012 by

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BY MARTIN DICKENS. In February 2012, I had the opportunity to visit India touring the western side of the country from Delhi to Goa. Before visiting the country, I had a very limited knowledge of what India had to offer with my interest in the oriental country being sparked mainly through an undergraduate subject I studied in 2010. Looking back on the trip, it is hard to realise what impact this experience would truly have on my perceptions of humanity and particularly, developed and developing countries. This visit truly represents the beginning of a story that is and potentially will never finish.

EVENT REVIEW: Australian Youth Climate Coalition Albury-Wodonga Trivia Night

May 16, 2012 by

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BY LISA TUCK. On Wednesday the 2nd of May the Albury – Wodonga AYCC held its first ‘Repower’ event at La Trobe University Albury – Wodonga. This also happened to be the first ‘Repower’ event to be held by a regional AYCC group in Australia. The night included Trivia and a Keynote speech from Lecturer in Politics and International Relations Dr Ben Habib regarding the implications of anthropogenic climate change. The evening proved to be a great success for the AYCC Albury – Wodonga branch.

PHOTO ESSAY: Vietnam — Captivating, Lively, Fragile, Intense and Laid Back

May 13, 2012 by

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BY LISA TUCK. In February this year I had the privilege of travelling to the coastal nation of Vietnam in South East Asia. The experience proved to be exciting, challenging and culturally eye-opening. During this time I visited Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), Dalat in the central highlands, Hoi An, Hue and Ninh Binh as well as the vibrant and enticing capital Hanoi.

YOUTH VOICE: Democracy and Individual Liberty

May 10, 2012 by

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BY MAX HUMPHRIES. It is nigh impossible to find a system of governance that allows complete individual liberty, because the idea of absolute liberty for all citizens is paradoxical. Individual liberty implies one can do what they want, when they want. However, all actions will directly or indirectly influence others, thus possibly diminishing other people’s ability to have individual liberty. Democracy is the best form of governance because of its ability to find the closest point at which individuals all have liberty, without unduly influencing others.

YOUTH VOICE: Communism or Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics?

January 23, 2012 by

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BY MARTIN DICKENS. After visiting the capital earlier in the year as a tourist, China on the surface appears to be embracing democratic governance and free market economic opportunities. However, after a more intense and academically focused journey to the capital, what I witnessed as a student came as a complete surprise. Communism with Chinese characteristics is dominating the philosophies and teachings of the people and in my view is likely to continue to do so for years to come.

YOUTH VOICE: Examining the Link Between Climate Change & Migration — The Darfur Case

October 9, 2011 by

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BY SOPHIE BUCKLE. This paper investigates the relationship between climate change and human migration in the Darfur region in Sudan which is currently suffering profusely due to numerous climatic stresses. The Darfur region is suffering from desertification which then impacts upon the local communities as they compete for limited resources. This competition will drive movement of people as they vie for natural resources in an increasingly limited supply.

YOUTH VOICE: National vs Human Security in the Context of Climate Change — The Sudan Case Study

October 6, 2011 by

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BY LISA TUCK. This paper will assess the similarities and differences between national, human and environmental security and discuss using Sudan as a case study how climate change affects these three security paradigms. Sudan presents as an interesting example of how issues related to changes in climate can lead to insecurity and violent conflict within a nation.

VIDEO REVIEW: ‘Lester Brown – The Planet’s Scarcest Resource is Time’

September 11, 2011 by

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In a recent class activity, members of the second/third year undergraduate subject International Politics of Climate Change: Triumph or Tragedy at La Trobe University's Albury-Wodonga campus engaged with a video presentation delivered by emminent American environmentalist Lester Brown. The following excerpts are a summary of the class discussion on what Lester Brown has to say in the video clip.

TRAVEL DIARY: China – A World of Difference

August 28, 2011 by

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BY MARTIN DICKENS. For a first time international traveller, arriving at Beijing International Airport at 1:00 AM in the morning felt like the most daunting experience I would ever encounter. Braving the long lines through customs to get entry approval felt like an eternity. Little did I know that the unique cultural experience I would have at the other side of the counter would change my life completely.

TRAVEL DIARY: Discovering China

August 4, 2011 by

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BY LISA TUCK. During my time in Beijing I saw live scorpions being served up as dinner, bargain hunted in small markets, almost got ripped off by a dodgy ‘art dealer’, strolled down the ancient ‘Hutongs’ (alleyways) which criss cross through the city and much more. My senses were enticed by a variety of new and exiting tastes, colours and smells and I was amazed by the sheer diversity that could be seen between rich and poor, developed and undeveloped, Asian and Western. As I first time traveller I found that my time in China has changed me in many ways and has given me a new outlook on life. It has taught me to better appreciate the differences existing between people and cultures and that wealth shouldn’t determine happiness or quality of life.

YOUTH VOICE: Wake Up World, It’s The Twenty-First Century! — Gender Inequality in Wages and Conditions

June 29, 2011 by

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BY MARTIN DICKENS. The time has come for Generation Y to make a stand against ingrained gender prejudices. It is no longer a question of feminist controversy; I believe in a society where men and women are equal and I hope that it is the males of my generation who will be prepared to make concessions for females to defeat the inequalities left by the generations of our parents and our grandparents.

YOUTH VOICE: Considering the Proportional Representation Voting System

June 28, 2011 by

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BY RENAE SHILG. 'Proportional Representation' is a fairer and more representative form of electoral system than the preferential system that our House of Representatives currently employs. However, caution must be taken to ensure a government that can, as well as being as representative as possible, perform its duties effectively. Otherwise, no matter how widely representative it was it couldn't be considered a 'good' government.

YOUTH VOICE: An Uncertain Future

June 15, 2011 by

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BY MARTIN DICKENS. As a citizen of Generation Y, the current Australian political landscape does little to instil a sense of inner hope for a prosperous and sustainable future. For the youth of today, there is no greater concern in the realm of politics other than the looming threat posed by climate change. It is Generation Y’s discontent with the current political system which signifies a growing challenge to the Australian political landscape and the residing members of parliament should be prepared for this.

YOUTH VOICE: The Federal Budget – A Loss for Regional Australia

May 30, 2011 by

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BY MARTIN DICKENS. The Federal Budget for 2011-2012 gave little comfort to regional Australians. In particular, a lack of funding towards educational resources in addition to placing greater challenges for students wanting to access Youth Allowance will incur greater inequality between rural and metropolitan youth.

EVENT REVIEW: When Q&A Came to Albury-Wodonga

May 5, 2011 by

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BY BEN HABIB, with MARTIN DICKENS, LISA TUCK, LEA MACLAUGHLIN, KRYSTLE BROWN, JESSICA LOVE & ALICIA PETERS. Like everyone else in attendance, I was caught up in the excitement of being part of the spectacle of a live television broadcast. Over 700 people attended the show, the largest ever audience for Q&A. While prepping the audience before the show, Tony Jones described Q&A as an “open democracy experiment” that was “rare in the world”. Or was it?

YOUTH VOICE: Analysing Max Weber — History, Culture and Capitalism

May 4, 2011 by

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BY LISA TUCK. We are all products of our social and historical context. Max Weber, the German sociologist, believed the study of history is integral in understanding the lived experiences of other people and how their social, political and economic contexts came to influence their ideas. Weber lived during a period in which societies were greatly and rapidly transformed by the emergence of industrialism, and at a time when the great European powers struggled for world mastery.

YOUTH VOICE: Time for University Students to Make a Stand

January 6, 2011 by

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BY MARTIN DICKENS. Since the rise of the former Hawke Labor Government, Australian university students have been targeted in efforts to increase incoming revenue for tertiary institutions. The root cause of this financial pressure on students can be linked to rationalisation efforts pursued by the Commonwealth Government through the Dawkins Reforms of the late 1980’s, those requiring students to privately contribute to their tertiary education. However, a crucial question is to what limit will students be able to cope with the working demands that are expected of them in the twenty-first century?

YOUTH VOICE: Reflections on Canberra & Australian Nationalism

October 25, 2010 by

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AUTHORS: JENNIFER BALLARD, LIAM WILLOUGBY, GALVIN DUNLOP, LISA TUCK, JESSICA LOVE, MARTIN DICKENS. On Thursday 30th September, I accompanied six students to Canberra on a field trip to learn more about Australian nationalism. During the day we visited Parliament House and observed question time in the House of Representatives, as well as the Museum of Australian Democracy in Old Parliament House and the Australian War Memorial. The following passages are their reflections on what they saw.

YOUTH VOICE: Drying Out — Climate Change Killing Australia’s Source of Life

October 19, 2010 by

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BY RHIANNON OATES. the Murray Darling Basin is used for producing one third of Australia’s food supply, forty percent of our nation’s agricultural income and involves about seventy percent of Australia’s irrigation. It is the main source of life and wealth in Australia. However despite all it’s worth the MDB has been decreasing in health and is reaching a devastating crisis point for many Australians. So how did we let Australia’s most relied on water supply deteriorate so much?

YOUTH VOICE: Smokescreens and Mirrors — Is Climate Change Really to Blame for the State of the Murray?

October 13, 2010 by

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BY SAMUEL SPARKS. Few would argue against the fact that the Murray Darling Basin is an Australian icon.  It is home to symbols of ‘Australianism’ such as Murray Cod, Murray River red gums and the world renowned food bowl which produces quality cheese, olives and wine among other things. However the health of the basin […]