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Local sustainability and natural disasters

I was recently discussing the Queensland flood with a friend who is involved in the Transition Towns movement. How, she wondered, can small-scale local sustainability projects which encourage people to grow and share food, have any positive effect in the … Continue reading

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No time for gutter politics

Yesterday as north Queenslanders were trying to fortify their homes against the pending onslaught of cyclone Yasi, or taking shelter in evacuation centres where they would spend a sleepless night hoping that there would be something left of their town … Continue reading

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The politics of resilience

We’ve heard a lot about resilience in the last week or so, particularly in relation to communities and their capacity to regroup and rebuild after disasters.  Encapsulated in the words of Queensland Premier Anna Bligh, “the flood may break our … Continue reading

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Irrelevant comparisons don’t help

The extreme rainfall over eastern Australia, culminating in the devastating floods in Queensland over the past few weeks has given rise, again, to much talk about climate change.  It was the subject of an email discussion within our local nascent … Continue reading

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Abbott’s politicisation of the flood

With half of Queensland under water and  dramaticimages of people being evacuated from semi-submerged houses and cattle swimming across flooded paddocks being beamed around the world, Tony Abbott, reliable as ever, has pledged to build more dams.  Fortunately, Tony Abbott … Continue reading

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