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What is the Green New Deal? It’s a process, not a policy.

By Amanda Tattersall, ChangeMakers Host In the US, Canada, UK and parts of Europe – a global movement of climate campaigners have begun turning to a so-called ‘Green New Deal’ as a way to speak about the economy wide transformation required to respond to climate change.  This idea speaks to a specific problem for economic and climate justice politics in Australia, where the disappointing 2019 Federal Election result could be partly interpreted as a gap between progressive climate and economic…

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Launching into dark times

Series 3 of ChangeMakers launches into some dark times. In my home country, Australia, we just had an election that many progressives, (including me), thought would lead to a change in government. Whose been there, hey? Instead we lost, and now a real uncertainty lingers about what to do next prevails. In the UK everyone is exhausted (and at the same time transfixed) by the never ending roller coaster called Brexit. Brazil has an extremist far-right President. In India radical…

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#19 Migrant Caravan in Central America

In late 2018 thousands of people from across Central America walked North to the border of the USA and into the political maelstrom of the midterm elections. How did they organise themselves and what did they achieve?   Click on the play button above to stream it here. Or listen to the episode on Podcast One, Stitcher or Apple iTunes via these links. Or find by searching “ChangeMakers” on your podcast app. Or use a Podcast app with our RSS…

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Becky Bond – ChangeMaker Chat

We have radical challenges like climate change and inequality but not many radical political leaders. What does it take to find and elect leaders like Alexandria Ocasio Cortez who is trail blazing a new political agenda in the United States? Becky Bond was one of the Field Directors for the Bernie Sanders campaign and she shares her experience of combining radical agendas and political parties. Listen below by clicking play, or listen via an app on Apple, PodcastOne or Stitcher…

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Late Night Live Philip Adam’s interviews our host Amanda Tattersall

The Late Night Live episode aired on Tuesday 18th March entitled “The perfect recipe for creating change.” Together they discussed Amanda’s US trip and her time spent with the students from Parkland learning how they build a social movement for Gun Violence. It jumped to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Green New Deal, Moscow and Green space campaigners, Cape Town’s reclaim the city movement and to the inception of  the Knitting Nanna’s in Lismore. More here.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez can teach Bill Shorten a thing or two about climate change policy

ChangeMakers Host Amanda Tattersall just had a piece published in the Guardian about climate change, the green new deal and the politics of climate in the upcoming Australian election. It is high school students who have helped reinvigorate the climate change debate in Australia and they are preparing to march again this week. The effect they have had is similar to the reaction created by the Green New Deal in the United States in the last month. Last month newly…

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John Robertson ChangeMaker Chat

How do politicians really make change? Although most political leaders say they are powerful and can make a difference – what are the real pressures and backroom deals that make that hard? This week we hear from a senior leader of the Australia Labor Party who “spills the beans” on how some of this works. John Robertson was a Labor Party Minister and the Leader of the Opposition in NSW for 4 years, as well as being a highly successful…

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Marc Stears: ChangeMaker Chat

Can Universities be change makers? If so, what does it take to traverse the research-practitioner divide? To find out more we interviewed Marc Stears, Director of the Sydney Policy Lab. Marc is a former Professor of Oxford turned speech writer for the UK Labour Party’s Ed Miliband, and now he is in Sydney trying to build more bridges between scholarship and practice. So why does he do it? And how? Listen in here: On the Podcast One app, on iTunes,…

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How do you continue a student climate uprising?

The Strike4Climate across Australia is the beginning of a student uprising to protect our future. These kinds of social movement uprisings don’t happen very often. The last one here was in 2003 in the lead up to the War in Iraq. Back then we organised the largest rally in Australia’s history – 500 000 people. It felt amazing. But it wasn’t enough – the war happened and the social movement wasn’t strong enough to maintain the pressure for the long…

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Umbrella Movement Reflections: four years on

By Emily Lau It is almost four years after the Hong Kong Umbrella Occupation which shook the world. The 79-day occupation of the Admiralty political and commercial district ended on 11 December 2014, with the police arresting hundreds of protesters. The massive peaceful occupation captured the international news media’s imagination, because they were so used to covering violent scenes of carnage, bloodshed, rape and slaughter. Some journalists described it as the Umbrella Revolution, and it could not be further from…

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