Rising Seas – Connect The DOTS (Democracy On The Streets)

Canadian Scientist and Environmental Activist David Suzuki:

“We’re in a giant car heading towards a brick wall and everyone’s arguing over where they’re going to sit.”

The Highlight of My Day (Yesterday):

Lisa Wilkinson: “So the advances in technology that Scott Morrison is proposing, you say they’re not enough?”

Australian Journalist Lisa Wilkinson from The Project.

Former President of Ireland and Chair of The Elders at #COP26 , Mary Robinson: “No. No. Not at all. I am not at all convinced.”

Lisa Wilkinson: “So why do you think Scott Morrison is relying on those so heavily?”

Former President of Ireland and Chair of The Elders at #COP26 , Mary Robinson: “I’m afraid because he [Scott Morrison] is too influenced by the fossil fuel lobby.” #COP26Glasgow

Former President of Ireland and Chair of The Elders at #COP26, Mary Robinson.

“You know he bought a lump of coal into Parliament. We all remember seeing that terrible image as though that was the solution to something.” #COP26Glasgow

“I’m sorry but I am Chair of the Elders. We don’t like criticising publicly and naming a Prime Minister of a country for that criticism. But we decided at our last board meeting, that the crisis is so serious, that we have to do it.” #COP26Glasgow

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison. 🤦‍♀️

Lisa Wilkinson: “So if you could get Scott Morrison alone in a room before the #COP26Glasgow conference what would you say to him?”

Former President of Ireland and Chair of The Elders at #COP26 , Mary Robinson: “I would say to him [Scott Morrison] what you really need to do is have just transition for the workers in coal and oil and gas. Particularly for coal in Australia. Immediately.” #COP26Glasgow

“They must be enabled to be either pensioned off or if not retrained. Ireland has a just transition fund for the 400 workers that had to be laid off in the midlands in Ireland and those midlands are being regenerated and they’re being a centre now of clean energy.” #COP26Glasgow

“And that’s what needs to happen in Australia. You know Australia could be a leader on clean hydrogen, could be a leader on clean steel, and agriculture can become a carbon sink. I am seeing innovations now that can put agriculture front and centre.” #COP26Glasgow

“So Australia has every reason to be one of the bold leaders on cutting emmisons and I just wish Australia had the federal leadership that it deserves, but it doesn’t at the moment.” #COP26Glasgow #COP26 #HealingTrauma #Justice4Australia #YouBelong

CEO of Green Peace Australia David Ritter:

“It looks like @ScottMorrisonMP damaged progress in key climate talks in Rome over night…This is not what the vast majority of the Australian people want. The Australian people want real climate action and to do our fair share.”

Co-founder and Co-CEO of Atlassian Michael Cannon-Brooks:

“It’s the existential issue of our time. It is incredibly frustrating. I am a proud Australian, but the federal government’s behaviour on this issue on the world stage makes me not proud to be an Australian. And that’s something I feel like I can make a difference on. But on an opportunity level, it is the biggest economic opportunity in front of Australia. We have the greatest risk to our country from climate change because of the nature of our land, but also the greatest opportunity in front of us if we harness it – and not having these silly debates we’re having.”
Energy Transition Expert Simon Holmes à court:

“There’s been widespread frustration & low-level anger at gov’t from climate+energy business, NGOs & philanthropy for 8 years. @ScottMorrisonMP’s “planphlet” shows he has chosen marketing & lies over action. yesterday something snapped. now there’s white hot anger. game on.”

Energy transition insights, informed by the data:

Greta Thunberg, Climate- and Environmental Activist with Asperger’s:

“Build back better. Blah, blah, blah. Green economy. Blah blah blah. Net zero by 2050. Blah, blah, blah,”

“Of course we need constructive dialogue. But they’ve now had 30 years of blah, blah, blah and where has that led us?”

“We can still turn this around – it is entirely possible. It will take immediate, drastic annual emission reductions. But not if things go on like today. Our leaders’ intentional lack of action is a betrayal toward all present and future generations.”

Canadian Scientist and Environmental Activist David Suzuki:

“You needn’t be confused about which “expert” to believe, just talk to elders around you, people who have lived in your part of the world for the past seventy or eighty years. Ask them what they remember about the air, about other species, about the water, about neighbourhoods and communities, about caring between people and the ways they communicated and entertained each other. Our elders tell us of the immense changes that have occurred in the span of a single human life; all you have to do is to project the rate of change they have experienced into the future to get an idea of what might be left in the coming decades. Is this progress? Is this way of life sustainable?”

“To me, the real challenge is the human mind, which is driving our actions: our beliefs and values shape the way we see the world, which in turn determines how we will treat it. So long as we assume that we are the centre of the universe and everything revolves around us, we will not be able to see the dangers we create. To see those, we have to recognize that our very lives and our well-being depend on the richness of nature.”

“Benjamin Franklin, said: “Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.”

“The environment is so fundamental to our continued existence that it must transcend politics and become a central value of all members of society.”

Greta Thunberg, Climate- and Environmental Activist with Asperger’s:

“There is one other thing that has become clearer than ever: Climate and environmental justice can not be achieved as long as we continue to ignore and look away from the social and racial injustices and oppression that have laid the foundations of our modern world.

“The fight for justice and equity is universal. Whether it is the fight for social, racial, climate or environmental justice, gender equality, democracy, human-, indigenous peoples’- LGBTQ- and animal rights, freedom of speech and press, or the fight for a balanced, wellbeing, functioning life supporting system.”

“If we don’t have equality, we have nothing. We don’t have to choose, and divide ourselves over which crisis or issue we should prioritize, because it is all interconnected.”

Climate Crisis, Fragmentation and Collective Trauma with Dr. Gabor Maté, Bayo Akomolafe, Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq, & Eriel Tchekwie Deranger: https://youtu.be/6RWfad60fmM
Trauma and Indigenous Suicide Expert and Psychologist Dr Tracey Westerman AM:

“The tough on crime attitude exists because of a psychological disconnect. The less relatability, the less empathy. So when black kids populate our prisons, it’s less relatable to the majority of people. So we should be asking “If it was your child would you want them in prison?”


Writer and Poet Oscar Wilde:

“Life is not complex. We are complex. Life is simple, and the simple thing is the right thing.”

“They’ve promised that dreams can come true – but forgot to mention that nightmares are dreams, too.”
Immigration Lawyer and Professor César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández:

“If nightmares can become reality, why can’t dreams?…I imagine a future where immigration prisons do not exist.”

“For me it is not just something that is intellectual. It is not just a professional interest. It is a real personal interest. The folks who I see in facilities don’t strike me as all that different from me.”

“Most people going through the immigration process have to do it without Lawyers. They have to do it by themselves. They’re making their last fight against a trained government prosecutor, effectively as being blind folded, with your hands tied behind your back”.

“I am a Lawyer and a Law Professor and my wife is as well. I have two brothers who are Lawyers. A sister in law who is a Lawyer. I am surrounded by Lawyers. When I have a legal problem I don’t turn to my family to help me. I hire somebody to do it.”

“And certainly I’m in the privileged position of not having to deal with the kinds of high stakes matters that the folks who are in these facilities are. So that’s something that I’m certainly going to do because I understand the benefit, but Lawyers are only part of the answer. Lawyers are not the whole answer. I start with Lawyers because I am a Lawyer.”
Mehdi Ali:

“Eight years of my life lost to detention. The most formative years of my life are gone. These are the years in which I was supposed to spend being a child and choosing a pathway for my future. Instead, these were eight years spent in detention experiencing frustration suffering and misery.”

Former Socceroo legend, Craig Foster and NRL superstar, Sonny Bill Williams at Parliament House in Canberra, to explain why it’s time for Australia to accept the New Zealand offer to resettle refugees still stuck on PNG and Nauru. #YouBelong

Australia and the World
Courage, Solidarity, Humanity and Leadership.
Or Refugee Torture, Human Rights Abuse, Xenophobia and Climate Inaction.
From Local to Global.
Annual Australian National University Address
National Press Club, Canberra.

Kon Karapanagiotidis AM. Lawyer, Founder and CEO of Asylum Seeker Resource Centre:

“Think about this. The @ScottMorrisonMP Government is spending $4.3 million per human being per year to imprison & harm them on Nauru. Driven by nothing but political self interest & hoping they can leverage their misery & suffering for votes at the next Federal Election. Shameful.”


Advocating for asylum-seekers: lessons from the pandemic:

American Novelist, Playwright, Essayist, Poet and Activist James Baldwin:

“Literature is indispensable to the world. The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way a person looks at reality, then you can change it.”

“The poet and the people get on generally very badly, yet they need each other. The poet knows it sooner than the people do. The people usually know it after the poet is dead; that’s all right. The point is to get your work done; your work is to change the world.”

“We can disagree and still love each other unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist.”

“It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.”

“Please try to remember that what they believe, as well as what they do and cause you to endure does not testify to your inferiority but to their inhumanity.”
American Linguist, Philosopher, Cognitive Scientist, Social Critic and Political Activist Noam Chomsky:

“Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.”

“Responsibility I believe accrues through privilege. People like you and me have an unbelievable amount of privilege and therefore we have a huge amount of responsibility.”

“State propaganda, when supported by the educated classes and when no deviation is permitted from it, can have a big effect. It was a lesson learned by Hitler and many others, and it has been pursued to this day.”
Danish-German-American Developmental Psychologist and Psychoanalyst Erik Erikson:

“Life doesn’t make any sense without interdependence. We need each other, and the sooner we learn that, the better for us all.”

“He must court sickness, failure, or insanity in order to test the alternative whether the established world will crush him, or whether he will disestablish a sector of this world’s outworn fundaments and make place for a new one.”

“Someday there will exist a well-informed, well considered and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child’s spirit; for such mutilation undercuts the life principle of trust.”
Vietamese Peace Activist Thich Nhat Hanh:

“The main affliction of our modern civilization is that we don’t know how to handle the suffering inside us and we try to cover it up with all kinds of consumption.”

“The problem that faces us is the problem of awakening. What we lack is not an ideology or doctrine that will save the world. What we lack is mindfulness of what we are, of what our situation really is.”

“If you touch one thing with deep awareness, you touch everything.”

“Understanding someone’s suffering is the best gift you can give another person. Understanding is love’s other name. If you don’t understand, you can’t love.”

“We often think of peace as the absence of war, that if powerful countries would reduce their weapon arsenals, we could have peace. But if we look deeply into the weapons, we see our own minds- our own prejudices, fears and ignorance.”

“If we practice mindfulness, we will know how to look deeply into the nature of war and, with our insight, wake people up so that together we can avoid repeating the same horrors again and again.”
Dutch Philosopher of Portuguese Sephardi origin Baruch Spinoza:

“Of all the things that are beyond my power, I value nothing more highly than to be allowed the honor of entering into bonds of friendship with people who sincerely love truth.”

“I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them.”

“The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.”
American Writer and Futurist Alvin Toffler:

“A library is a hospital for the mind.”

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

“You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.”
Greta Thunberg, Climate- and Environmental Activist with Asperger’s:

“We can no longer let the people in power decide what is politically possible. We can no longer let the people in power decide what hope is. Hope is not passive. Hope is not blah, blah, blah. Hope is telling the truth. Hope is taking action. And hope always comes from the people.”


Rock and Roll Musician Tom Petty:

“You will never be told when the next bit of education is coming or where it’s coming from or who the teacher will be. That information will only reveal itself after the fact. All that you can do is leave a little room there for the next lesson to come through. Someone will be carrying it. You just leave the door open a crack.”

Now you know the power of Trauma Informed Care. Let’s turn this framework into a mindset for personal, social and political change. If you are unable to, you might need help first, to get safe or become ‘unstuck’ from trauma. Reach out for trauma informed care. #YouBelong

With Love,

Dr Louise Hansen
PhD in Psychology
Human Rights Activist

#HealingTrauma #Justice4Australia #YouBelong

Midnight Oil – Rising Seas (2021):

“Every child put down your toys
And come inside to sleep
We have to look you in the eye
and say we sold you cheap
Lets confess we did not act
With serious urgency
So open up the floodgates
To the rising seas

Temperature rising
Climate denying
Fever is gripping
Nobody’s listening
Lustre is fading
Because nobody’s trading
Wall Street is jumping
Still the music keeps pumping

If you can’t decide
Between wrong and right
If you can’t see through
All that you hold true

Queen of the Firmament
Lord of all beneath
Masters of the Universe
We’re all refugees
And in many countries
they adore celebrities
Open up the floodgates
To the Rising Seas

Dinosaur stories
Reliving past glories
Lusting for gold
F-f-fishing for souls
They said it was coming
We knew it was a-coming

If you lift your game
Put your toys away
Well it looks like rain
On that Western plain

Queen of the Firmament
Lord of all beneath
Masters of the Universe
We’re all refugees
And in many countries
they adore celebrities
Open up the floodgates
To the Rising Seas.”


“The Uluru Statement from the Heart is an invitation from First Nations to all Australians to realise a better future. Learn more and help us educate other Australians.”



“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin
“Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of support we received overnight! We’re able to fund one more Indigenous Psychology student for a full three year Psychology degree from just a 10 minute appearance on ABC #TheDrum.” – Dr Tracy Westerman AM

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My partner Marcelo Alegre Rubic who taught me do not let anyone control your life. #YouBelong

Trauma Informed World was inspired by Kopika and Tharnicaa; two faces that remind us everyday of Australia’s cruel refugee system. One of many systems in Australia that remind us of the negative operation of power. #HomeToBilo

Kopika (left) and Tharnicaa (right) were kept at Christmas Island Detention Centre for nearly two years despite trauma informed calls to return them to Biloela, Queensland. Tharnicaa has spent most of her life detained by the Australian Government and is still in community detention to this day. #YouBelong


***Since the creation of this website the Biloela family were released from detention, returned to Biloela and granted permanent protection in Australia. However, hundreds more people still remain stuck in a system that requires urgent reform.***

Welcome to the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law. Join us to make positive changes for refugees around the world.


New Kaldor Centre policy brief proposes reforms to Australia’s temporary protection system | Kaldor Centre:


You can listen my talk with Dr Cathy Kezelman AM, the President of Blue Knot Foundation on my own healing journey, training and study and how it has informed my work and advocacy for a trauma informed world here:

Trauma Informed World acknowledges and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of the land and waterways on which this educational resource was inspired. I acknowledge and respect Elders past, present and emerging. I honour the continuation of educational, cultural and spiritual practices and celebrate the extraordinary diversity of people and relationships worldwide. This website contains images of deceased persons. There are also swear words in some of the songs presented that portray intense emotions. This website is not intended to trigger people who have experienced trauma. However, if you do find any of the content triggering, each page has a link to Australia’s National Helplines and Websites for immediate mental health support. These are my own personal views and comments and may not reflect the views of my employer.

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Published by Dr Louise Hansen

This is a free educational website on Trauma Informed Care for survival and wellbeing. While each injustice differs, all stories share the same trauma: the negative operation of power. Let’s break the cycle of injustice and trauma together one day at a time. The byproduct of clarity is peace. Joy is peace dancing. Trauma is disconnection. Empathy fuels connection. Knowledge is power: “Love is the absence of judgment.” – His Holiness the Dalai Lama. #YouBelong

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