Social Alternatives

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 3, Third Quarter

Australian Indigenous Peoples and Biodiversity
Indigenous peoples' cultural practices have influenced biodiversity patterns over millennia, and they continue to control many high conservation-value biodiversity areas. In Australia, initiatives such as Indigenous Protected Areas and co-management...
Biodiversity and Tourism: A Valuable Relationship
In 2008, international visitor arrivals reached 880 million with associated expenditure of US$946 billion. In terms of the value to tourism from biodiversity, there have been a number of studies that have attempted to demonstrate the value of the natural...
Biodiversity in the 21st Century: Humanity in a Fraying Web of Life
The diversity of (and interrelationships among) plants, animals and other organisms form the basis of the "web of life" and the biogeochemical processes that circulate matter and energy throughout the biosphere. The "ecosystem services" provided by nature...
Bioprospecting in Australia - Sound Biopractice or Biopiracy?
This contribution investigates the search for new medicines from the vast 'library' of natural products. It touches upon the issues of Indigenous knowledge; intellectual property rights; access to resources; biotechnology and copyright/patent law; and...
Food for Thought: Biodiversity Management on Farms - Links to Demand-Driven Value Chains
Traditionally agricultural production in western countries has been driven by commodity markets, where farmers are price-takers, dependent on market demands. Agricultural intensification combined with the globalisation of markets and declining terms...
The Climate Action Movement in Australia
Although there is a substantial body of scientific evidence that global climate change resulting from human activities is a very serious and urgent problem, neither of the two major political parties, or any Federal or State Government in Australia,...
The Internet & Nonviolent Struggle: The Anti-Government Movement in Thailand 2005-06
The internet and its technological infrastructure are important elements of nonviolent struggle. This is illustrated by analysing the dynamics of an anti-government movement in Thailand during 2005-06..IntroductionNonviolent action has long been practised,...
The Politics of Conservation: Using International Carbon Trading to Protect Forests and Biodiversity
Carbon trading to reduce tropical deforestation is emerging as a leading strategy to combat harmful climate change while also potentially reducing threats to biodiversity. Funds devoted to this purpose could soon swamp all other investments in tropical...
The Waste of Biodiversity
While Australian consumers produce large amounts of waste, larger amounts of waste are generated in the course of producing the goods and services consumed. This paper reviews the nature of waste and the impacts of a range of wastes on biodiversity....
Unity in Biodiversity?-Reinventing Nation and Nature in Australia
The idea of biodiversity is at once scientific and political, cultivating respect for the multiplicity and inventiveness of life, and warning against disrespect. It is to the politics of biodiversity that this paper is directed. The conception of this...
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