Bring them here: Australia’s refugee crisis

Bring them here: Australia’s refugee crisis

A gloomy sky threatened rain as a group of 200–300 people gathered in a heavily-trafficked pedestrian area at the heart of Canberra, Australia’s capital. They held signs and banners, some homemade with marker on cardboard, some professionally printed. The signs bore messages like: “Close the camps!”, “Bring them here!”, “Refugee Lives Matter”, “Let Them Stay”, “Seeking asylum is not illegal”, and “Australia… we will look back in shame.”

Free range philosophies pt. 3

Free range philosophies pt. 3

I’m often confronted with some version of the following argument: “vehicles run on fossil fuels, therefore you can’t be an environmentalist if you use a vehicle.” I’ve seen it used against a variety of ideologies, and whether it’s veganism, human rights, social justice or a particular moral stance, it’s almost always used in response to an attempt to do good.