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SYDNEY — Make no mistake: It was Prime Minister Julia Gillard standing center stage as she unveiled her government’s controversial emissions reductions proposal. Ms. Gillard has pinned her political future, and her Labor Party’s near-term hopes, on getting the deal to tax big polluters through Parliament.But ask any policy analyst who has had the best month in Australian politics, and you are likely to hear that it was the Greens, the left-leaning party known best for its focus on environmental... Read more
The calamity at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, following the tragic earthquake and tsunami on March 11, confirms 25 years after Chernobyl that claims of safe nuclear power are false.  Three reactors and several spent fuel pools at Fukushima Daiichi are still releasing large amounts of radioactive materials. There is no end in sight. Seabed, air and soil samples taken in the region have recorded alarming radiation levels, hundreds of times higher than previously detected in and... Read more
Fukushima Failure – A Japanese PerspectiveCome and hear first hand from a member of the Japanese Greens:Accurate information on what is going on at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear power plantNuclear power plant development during this half century and the scientific and political situation in respect to the nuclear power plants ~ how the Fukushima disaster affects the daily life of people throughout Japan. Rikiya Adachi (Ricky) is a member of Steering Committee of Greens Japan since 2004, a... Read more
The Global Greens Coordination (GGC) is calling for ideas and proposals from all sections of the Global Greens family to help prepare for the third Global Greens Congress, the first in Africa.As movements in north Africa take the lead in the democratic struggle, the Dakar Congress will be an opportunity to learn from and exchange with the African Greens.  A Global Green response is needed to address the challenges of a growing global food crisis, widespread government inaction on climate change... Read more
Dear Green friends, I am very happy to let you all know about the Greens role in Australia’s carbon price and climate action package announced yesterday. The agreement negotiated by the Greens with the Labor Party is a historic first step towards a clean energy economy – and a long overdue one for Australia!The key features of the climate action package that will put a $23 per tonne price on carbon pollution are:lifts Australia’s 2050 emissions target to 80%;invests $10 billion in renewable... Read more
by ECOLO Japan International (Official Membership Group of APGN/Global Greens) Although it has been almost 3 months since Fukushima No.1 NPP accident occurred, high level and much amount of radioactive materials still diffuses from the exploded reactors. The Japanese government leaves every decision and work schedules to Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) and do never take any initiative, nobody takes control of the present serious situation in Fukushima No.1 NPP, so the things have been... Read more
‘HEAL THE WOUNDED LAND’:Candidates put forward a number of platforms that include calling for the early retirement of nuclear power plants and tree protectionStaff Writer, with CNA The Green Party Taiwan (GPT) will nominate 10 candidates for the district legislators election in January, with the list to be released at the end of the month, spokesman Pan Han-shen (潘翰聲) said on Saturday.Pan said the GPT had received a 2.2 percent average voting ratio in the electoral constituencies where they had... Read more
Labour expects to go into a full coalition with the Greens and give its leaders Russel Norman and Metiria Turei ministerial posts, Labour leader Phil Goff said today."I think the Greens would be a partner to the Labour-led Government and I would expect them to be in formal coalition with us."But he said it was too soon to say what portfolios might be offered."We have to get there. When we are there we we'll make those decisions and in consultation with our partners."His comments follow Dr... Read more
To: The Hon Martin Ferguson AM, Member of Parliamant for Resources and Energy, 159 High Street, Preston Vic 3072 14/07/2011Dear Sir,The calamity at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, following the tragic earthquake and tsunami on March 11, confirms 25 years after Chernobyl that claims of safe nuclear power are false.Three reactors and several spent fuel pools at Fukushima Daiichi are still releasing large amounts of radioactive materials. There is no end in sight. Seabed, air and soil... Read more
Several interesting youth events have been shared on in the past few months. Here are a few highlights for you to consider from Tokyo to New York, from China to Ghana, selected on impact, outreach and connection with the Rio+20 movements. In chronological order, we present you the 12 must-attend youth events towards 2012: the Rio+20 Earth Summit. World Leadership ConferenceSingapore, Singapore13-15 July, 2011The World Leadership Conference brings together youth from all over Asia... Read more
30th June 2011, Seoul, South Korea- Several months after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, we are beginning to get a sense of the likely long-term impacts. Radiation has spread across much of the northern hemisphere and parts of the southern hemisphere. Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency estimates the radioactive release at 770,000 terabecquerels in the first week of the crisis. Total radiation releases will probably fall somewhere between 10−40% of those from the 1986 Chernobyl... Read more
Bob Brown: The most powerful man in Australian politics?
The rise of the Australian Greens has come at the very moment when public support for forceful action on climate change is in decline. Future historians could be forgiven for finding this anomalous, because what appear to be two countervailing trends are occurring in parallel. However, they are part of the same phenomenon.When Kevin Rudd signalled a retreat from the emissions trading scheme in April last year, in the face of mounting public opposition, the Greens reaped the harvest. For them,... Read more
The Australian Greens have used a rare July sitting of parliament to make a public show of their new power in Canberra.The minor party's nine senators and one lower house MP gathered at Parliament House on Sunday to take part in what leader Bob Brown dubbed a "green-letter day".From Monday, the Greens will hold sway in the upper house whenever there is a disagreement between the Gillard government and coalition opposition.The government hopes a less hostile Senate will allow it to push... Read more
This artwork was developed by Senator Scott Ludlum’s office – its for anti-nuclear, pro-renewables campaigns here but the artwork is very transferable to other places too.Senator Ludlum’s office is producing car / bike stickers using this artwork. They are thinking of also using it for mugs and badges too.Senator Ludlum’s office is happy for organisations who are part of the APGN to use this artwork too….given all that is happening with nuclear at the moment I thought you might get some use out... Read more
ELIZABETH JACKSON: China has been experimenting with elections in its local councils but the field has been dominated by representatives approved by the Communist Party.Now a grassroots blogger is standing as an independent candidate in his local election and he's encouraging more Chinese people to do the same in the hope that they can bring about change through the system.Our China correspondent Stephen McDonell spoke to Yao Bo for Saturday AM.STEPHEN MCDONELL: Yao Bo works at the China Daily... Read more
June 23, Colombo:Sri Lanka is planning to amend its Atomic Energy Act of 1969 to include a provision to establish an Atomic Energy Regulatory Council.The Sri Lankan cabinet has approved a proposal submitted by the Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka to instruct the Legal Draftsman to prepare a Bill to establish the proposed Atomic Energy Regulatory Council.According to the government, the current act enacted in 1969 needs to be amended to address the introduction of nuclear... Read more
Dear Fellow Greens in the APGN, On behalf of the APGN Coordinating Committee, I would like to inform you that we will have a TRAINING ON GREEN PARTY BUILDING & GREEN PARTY MANAGEMENT before the end of this year for leaders of the APGN Members and other Greens in the region. In order to design this training to respond to our specific needs, we are first conducting a TRAINING NEEDS ASSESSMENT (TNA). Please submit your responses to this online survey: As... Read more