Okay, let’s admit it. Being good to the planet is damn hard. We’ve grown up in a consumerist society that normalises—no, encourages—spending. We’ve become so accustomed to that instant buzz of buying new, shiny things.
Adani, the big bad wolf of the coal world. People were out to #StopAdani, but how much do we really know about it? Well for starters, we know that it has been in the works for nine years, and as of just last month, it has been given the official go ahead.
So, let’s catch up on a few things. The Earth is heating up to the point of no return, the ice is melting, the polar bears have nowhere to live, we need to save the turtles and to make things worse, it’s all our fault and our politicians don’t care. Woah.
Whilst Europe endures a sweltering heatwave, Australia faces yet another drier than average winter. In conjunction to this, the World Meteorological Organisation and the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), have all concluded that the period of 2015-2019 is going to be the hottest consecutive five year period on record.
The number of women killed on our streets and in our homes is incredibly alarming. Coupled with recent university incidents, it has evoked fear in many. How do we stay safe? What is Monash doing to help out?
Annette Baker is a mental health advocate in Albury Wodonga. After establishing Survivors of Suicide and Friends in 2013, Annette and her team now host one of the most prominent mental health community events in the region—the Winter Solstice. Annette has been nominated for the Australian Mental Health Prize and been a finalist for the NSW Regional Woman of the Year. I sat down with Annette to learn more.