Jenna Homewood

About Jenna Homewood

Graduate from the University of Auckland, majored in Geography and Sociology. I am interested in multifaceted issues relating to human rights, social justice, sustainable development and climate change.

Rewilding Conflict Zones: From Iron Curtain To Green Belt

The world is experiencing unprecedented biodiversity loss; dubbed the Sixth Mass Extinction, with 60 per cent of animal populations wiped out since 1970. Human activity has significantly affected three-quarters of land; with agriculture, urbanization, industry and climate change decimating ecosystems and biodiversity. In response, a growing conservation movement – ‘rewilding’ […]

Institutional Failure: Churchill’s Policies Responsible for 1943 Bengal Famine – Study

For years there has been debate surrounding the late Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s culpability in the 1943 Bengal famine in the then-British India. A new study provides scientific backing that the 1943 famine, which is estimated to have killed three million people, was the only one in modern Indian history […]

U.S.-Mexico Border Wall: Wildlife To Bear The Brunt

The recent federal government shutdown, the longest in United States history, was a result of the ongoing feud between Donald Trump and Congress over funding for a border wall. On February 15th, Trump declared a national state of emergency as he demanded increased militarization of the border and further expansion […]

Tech Vs. Trees: Indigenous Land Stewardship And Climate Change Mitigation

Global temperatures could rise by 1.5°C (2.7°F) as early as 2030 and hit 3°C (5.4°F) more by 2100 if greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions continue to increase at the current predicted trajectory. If the temperatures exceed even half a degree more than 1.5°C, hundreds of millions of people could be threatened […]

Nightmare In Nauru: Child Health Crisis On Australia’s Offshore Detention Centre

Under strict immigration policy introduced in 2013, the Australian government has intercepted and forcibly transferred around 2500 refugees and asylum-seekers to offshore processing facilities on Nauru and Manus. Australia’s “Stop the Boats” policy prohibits the resettlement of asylum-seekers who arrive on their shores by boat. According to the Asylum Seeker […]

Talc And Terrorism: Afghanistan’s Mines Fuel The Islamic State And The Taliban

“At any price we will take the mines.” –Islamic State militant commander. The Islamic State (IS) and the Taliban are fighting to gain control of mines and the extraction of talc in the Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan. A recent report by the Global Witness reveals that illegally mined talc in […]

Unaccompanied Migrant Children Denied Welfare In Paris

More than 200 unaccompanied migrant children are homeless and sleep on the streets every night in Paris, this is according to a report released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on July 4. The report, “Like a Lottery: Arbitrary Treatment of Unaccompanied Migrant Children in Paris,” found that children are denied protection, food, shelter and […]

Hungary Criminalizes Aiding Undocumented Migrants Seeking Asylum 1

Hungary has proposed the “Stop Soros” bill, a set of laws which criminalize the act of assisting refugees and undocumented migrants seeking asylum. The Hungarian parliament has approved legislation which will allow for the persecution or imprisonment of any individual or organization that aids undocumented migrants entering the country illegally. […]

Tourism Evicts Tanzania’s Maasai From Traditional Territory

Maasai communities in the Loliondo division of Northern Tanzania are being forcibly displaced from their land in favour of increasing safari tourism and hunting concessions, according to a report published by Oakland Institute on May 10th. Within the past year, more than 20 000 people have been evicted and left […]

Rana Plaza Disaster: A Fashion Failure Five Years On

“It seems fashion changes faster than human rights evolve in the garment industry.” –Charles Stratford, Al Jazeera. Five years after the collapse of Rana Plaza, garment workers in Bangladesh continue to work in “life-threatening” conditions in factories. The Rana Plaza collapse was a structural failure that occurred on 24 April […]