The Ukraine parliament have passed an initial bill for the eventual ban of palm oil within the country. On June 29 2018, Australian Ministers will meet to discuss whether palm oil and other fats and oils should be required to be labelled by law in Australia. This decision has been delayed since 2011. Presently Australians have no way of identifying if they are contributing to the loss of rainforests due to unsustainable palm oil production. Let your state minister know that you want mandatory labelling of palm oil.
Proposed company tax cuts in the recent national budget have been criticised as seeing benefits flow almost exclusively to foreign owners. Presently some of Australia’s largest companies, while having the highest incomes, pay little or no tax. Glencore, Australia's largest coal miner, had an income of $27.9 billion (2014-16), a taxable income (after huge deductions) of $108 million on which tax payable was 'zero'. See more at Michaels West's Top 40 Tax dodgers. Sign The Australia Institute petition.
The European Union plans to ban the world’s most widely used insecticides in an effort to protect bees and other valuable pollinator insects. Neonicotinoids are coated onto seeds before planting rather than being sprayed - with the aim of harming only those animals that eat the plants. But they are also found in the pollen and nectar of developed plants, affecting beneficial organisms like bees. See this infographic; and the APVMA response. Sign the petition requesting a similar ban in Australia.
In the face of the ‘awful facts' about humanity's impact, we can find ourselves overwhelmed and paralysed by our feelings. It is worth remembering that “strong feelings are a compassionate response to the world”. They can become the very ‘motivating’ forces that lead to meaningful action. In this month's Be Inspired feature we explore activism and the journey from despair to empowerment. "Do not lose heart. We were made for these times."
Oxfam Australia has launched a campaign seeking 10,000 signatories to support a petition aimed at ensuring Australian department store chain Myer pays textile workers a fair wage. Oxfam claims Myer “lags well behind in creating a fairer fashion industry” and that some workers in the company's supply chain earn as little as 39 cents per hour. Sign the Oxfam petition, and similar petition by Baptist World Aid, focused on Decjuba.
Fashion brands Millers, Katies, Crossroads, Autograph and Rivers have been sold to Noni B - who have criticism relating to paying a living wage, with an overall company rating of 'D'. » Inside Retail
"The unstoppable rise of veganism: how a fringe movement went mainstream". This British article asks what’s driving more people and brands to embrace a plant-based lifestyle. » The Guardian
New free range egg laws mean producers must legally "prominently state" their stocking density on egg cartons. (Still maximum of 10,000 hens per hectare can be called 'Free Range'). » ABC News
Sign the petition asking for Malcolm Turnbull to follow Theresa May's lead in pledging to eliminate plastic waste within 25 years, including bans on a range of single use plastic items. » Sum of Us
Everyone's talking about the banks. Faked pay slips, forged documents, cash-stuffed envelopes, bribes ... surely not?.... Even Reverend Billy's got something to say.... » Golden Toads Go Banking