Economics for the Earth: Post Extractivism – What could life look like, beyond the extractive economy?

Date: Friday, September 9, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm (AEST, Brisbane time)
econ4earth | webinars 2022

with Natalie Lowrey and Liz Downes

What could Australia’s society and economy look like, if we transition away from an extractive economy?

Join this fascinating webinar, where we’ll discuss how modern industrialised societies have been built on an extractivist culture and economy, and explore what our society and economy could look like if we shift to a regenerative, rather than an extractivist mode of operating.

Our speakers have extensive experience researching and advocating for policy changes so we that we can move to “post-extractivism”, and cease practices such as industrial-scale minerals extraction, deep sea bed mining and forestry. They will share important facts about the ongoing scale of modern extractivism, and inspirational stories from communities who are challenging unwanted mineral and other extraction.


  • Nat Lowrey
  • Liz Downes
  • Marta Conde
  • Carlos Zorrilla


Nat Lowrey has been working as a grassroots activist and campaigner for over two decades on a range of justice issues with a strong focus on the rights of local communities and Indigenous Peoples resisting development aggressions on their lands and territories. Nat is the coordinator of Aid/Watch and communications coordinator for the Deep Sea Mining Campaign. She has held campaigner and communications positions with Friends of the Earth International, Mineral Policy Institute, Conservation Council of Western Australia, and Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA.


Liz Downes is a campaigner, researcher, writer and currently a Director of the Rainforest Information Centre and member of the Melbourne Rainforest Action Group (MRAG). With a background in community health, community development, environmental conservation, and working for non-government and nonprofit organisations in Australia and Latin America, Liz has spent the past several years working with local communities in Ecuador who are resisting Australian mining extractive interests. Liz is leading Aid/Watch research to map Australia’s ‘green’ extractivism footprint domestically and internationally.


Marta Conde is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) at the University of Queensland, Australia and the Institute of Science and Environmental Technology (ICTA) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain (UAB).


Carlos Zorrilla is a full-time resident of Intag, co-founder of DECOIN, the environmental organization on the front lines of the resistance to the Llurimagua mining project since day one. In 2017, DECOIN was a recipient of the prestigious Equator Prize for its conservation work. The award is only given out every two years by the United Nations.


The Australian Earth Laws Alliance is hosting a huge month of events - webinars, public lectures, workshops, virtual art exhibitions and more - that explore and celebrate our relationship with the living world. To find out about all our events, please visit:


The Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to increasing the understanding and practical implementation of Earth-centred governance, with a focus on law, economics, education, ethics, Indigenous knowledge systems and the arts.