Vanuatu’s climate question: Preventing Pam’s return

In the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Pam, the international community stepped up to help Vanuatu clean up and rebuild. But with the possibility of more intense cyclones caused by climate change, is this really the best world leaders can do? Mel Keyte takes a look at Vanuatu’s climate question.

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Demonstrators brave the heat for Brisbane’s largest anti-G20 protest

As published at UQG20.com.

In 2014, I took part in a Work Integrated Learning program covering the G20 Leader’s Summit in Brisbane. On Saturday the 15th of November, more than 2 000 people braved 40 degree heat and took to the streets of Brisbane to protest a number of issues including Government action on climate change, indigenous affairs and refugee rights. Reporting for the Global Campus Network, I took a look at the action.

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UQ Student Vox Pops

As published at UQG20.com

In 2014, I took part in a Work Integrated Learning program covering the G20 Leader’s Summit in Brisbane. As Gen Y have earned themselves the unfavourable reputation of being politically disengaged, I spoke to some UQ students around the St Lucia campus to see if this is true.

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Demonstrators brave the heat for Brisbane’s largest anti-G20 protest

As published at UQG20.com

In 2014, I took part in a Work Integrated Learning program covering the G20 Leader’s Summit in Brisbane. On Saturday the 15th of November, more than 2 000 people braved 40 degree heat and took to the streets of Brisbane to protest a number of issues including Government action on climate change, indigenous affairs and refugee rights. Reporting for the Global Campus Network, I took a look at the action.

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Keeping Up Appearances – behind UQ’s ‘sustainable’ image

As published in Semper Floreat.

The University of Queensland boasts one of the largest solar panels in Australia, pioneered an entirely carbon-neutral building at the St Lucia campus and is currently a co-signatory to the Universitas 21 Statement of Sustainability, a document designed for universities around the world to commit to ensuring a sustainable future for themselves and their students.

Yet UQ-based environmental organisations such as the UQ Environment Collective, 350.org and Fossil Free Universities still campaign for a more sustainable UQ.

Why? UQ Environment Collective President and active environmental campaigner Ruby Ludski says it’s all a front.

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