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Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES - the biodiversity equivalent to the IPCC) warns "biodiversity – the essential variety of life forms on Earth – continues to decline in every region of the world, significantly reducing nature’s capacity to contribute to people’s well-being. This alarming trend endangers economies, livelihoods, food security and the quality of life of people everywhere, according to four landmark science reports released today, written by more than 550 leading experts, from over 100 countries.". More at https://www.ipbes.net/news/media-release-biodiversity-nature%E2%80%99s-contributions-continue-%C2%A0dangerous-decline-scientists-warn


Real colour of money: business wants profit and green cred

A strange alliance of corporates and environmental groups thinks profits and green credentials can be aligned. But there's some angry pushback.

Review of Peter Dauvergne’s caustic and highly readable critique of ethical corporate behaviour in Will Big Business Destroy our Planet?

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23731710-800-real-colour-of-money-business-wants-profit-and-green-cred/


It's only natural: the push to give rivers, mountains and forests legal rights
It seems logical to grant protection to nature by treating it as a living entity. And the law might be catching up:
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/apr/01/its-only-natural-the-push-to-give-rivers-mountains-and-forests-legal-rights


Activating the Urban Commons: How do we make Canberra a Sharing City? 

Activating The Urban Commons: How Do We Make Canberra A Sharing City?

Activating the Urban Commons Poster 2


20,000 Scientists Have Now Signed 'Warning to Humanity'
'World Scientists' Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice' has now become one of the most talked about research papers in history. It is an update to the 1992 paper which urged policy-makers and society alike to change their behaviour for fear of pushing the earth beyond its planetary boundaries. Last year, 25 years after the initial paper, an update was published, stating that we had failed to progress on most of the measures and warning humanity that "time is running out." The paper predicts that anthropogenic climate change and the activities which contribute to it may be detrimental to our ecosystem, adding that "time is running out" and immediate action is vital. To date, the article has received 20,000 endorsements and signatories, inspiring pleas from researchers and political leaders worldwide

https://www.ecowatch.com/warning-to-humanity-scientists-2544973158.html


Should we let Mother Nature fix the ecosystem?
New research indicates that, when it comes to the speed and completeness of ecosystem restoration, no difference exists between active restoration and simply ending the environmental disturbances.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-met-ecosystems-restored-does-it-work-20180227-story.html


UNDESA Voice - SDGs

Feb 2018

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Monthly Newsletter, VOL 22, NO. 2 – FEBRUARY 2018 , focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To read more, follow this link:
https://www.un.org/development/desa/undesavoice/2018/02


2017 Future State of the Territory Event

7 Dec 2017

As the year draws to a close, the young people of Canberra headed en masse to the 2017 Future State of the Territory Event, organised by FutureNet, on December 5th. FFF Volunteers Zenia, Morgan, Kat, and Song were among them, and enjoyed a night of music, food, debate and talks centered around the theme 'changes'. Click here to read an article on the evening by Zenia Xie!


Volunteers Head to CCAMLR

7 Dec 2017

FFF Volunteers Kat Vincent and Eav Brennan accompanied our Executive Director Lyn Goldsworthy to the 2017 meeting on the Convention for Conservation of Antarctic Marine and Living Resources (CCAMLR), in Hobart. Click here to read about Kat's thoughts and experiences!


FFF Collaborates with Puppeteer Marianne Mettes on Education Project

5 Dec 2017
The FFF supported puppeteer Marianne in a successful grant application for 2018, and will continue working with her on our education projects next year. Here she is with some of her puppets. Exciting stuff!

 


Peter Tait Awarded Sidney Sax Medal

18 Sept 2017
FFF Chair Peter Tait was awarded the prestigious public health award, the Sidney Sax Medal, for efforts to promote and protect the public's health, including promoting planetary health. "By which I mean, living respectfully in tune with Nature", Peter said. "This really is a team award; totally unlocked for and unexpected. I stand on the shoulders, of Giants. Tony McMichael, Stephen Boyden, and many others, who have shaped my thinking for decades."