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Soon it's United Nations’ International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.
The Australian Department of Defence has a webpage all about UXO - unexploded ordinance. But it’s about UXO in Australia. The page says nothing about lethal Australian unexploded ordnance left behind in other countries we've been at war with. Not Vietnam or Afghanistan or Iraq. All of these wars are closely linked to our engagement with ANZUS, but without any enduring sense of responsibility for the damage caused to civilians by our involvement.
The environmental and public health issue of UXO, just like Agent Orange, reminds us that wars can remain lethal for generations after the conflict has apparently concluded. In Vietnam UXO is still taking lives and limbs more than forty years later. In Laos, worst hit by the USA's illegal bombing war in the 1960s, there remains an ongoing need for de-mining. But the relatively small amount the USA has been offering may have just become a bargaining chip in the United States' and Australia's attempt to slow down the signing of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Understorey speaks to American Quaker Lady Borton and ICAN co-founder Tilman Ruff.
(Collage: Project Renew, Mai Lan, Gergyl [CC BY-SA 3.0]
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In ecology, the understorey grows where light shines through the forest canopy.
Our award-winning Understorey journalists highlight local and globally-connected environmental issues that the other media commonly pass over.
RTRFM’s long-running dedicated environment program makers Adrian Glamorgan and Elizabeth PO’ bring together stories from near and sometimes afar, whether it be conservationists rehabilitating habitat, citizen scientists gathering data, campaigners at the frontline, or decision-makers at their desks, seeking solutions together to the challenges affecting our shared air, water, land and life processes.