Protect Toolangi's Greater Gliders - email Minister D'Ambrosio

AC_GG_IMGP5228_copy.jpgThe Greater Glider is Australia’s largest gliding marsupial. Once common, Greater Gliders have declined by 80% in the last two decades.  

Logging operations have wiped out large areas of its habitat and it's the latest Victorian animal to become a threatened species.

 

Government scientists advised Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio to issue a conservation order to protect the Greater Glider. Unfortunately, Victoria’s Environment Department has urged the Environment Minister not to follow this advice.

Greater Gliders continue to be killed and their habitat destroyed by logging.

The latest areas up for destruction are “Glenview” coupe (298 516 0001) in the upper headwaters of the Kalatha Creek in and "Guitar Solo" coupe (307-505-0011), both in Toolangi state forest.

Please, let the Minister know you expect the Greater Gliders in these coupes to be immediately protected from logging.

Send your email below and follow up by calling her office on (03) 9637 9504

 

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The Coalition’s energy policy – where is it?

opportunity-cost.jpgThe Victorian government has announced that it will aim to legislate the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET).

This measure has been widely welcomed by the environment movement, businesses and the broader community.

The hostile reaction by the Victorian Coalition highlights the negative attitude of the Opposition towards policy action on energy and climate change. They have been 'road testing' anti renewables messages in recent weeks. The following is our response.

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Andrews govt announce big solar and auctions to kick off legislative push on Vic Renewables Target

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"A vital stepping stone towards 10,000 jobs"

The Andrews government have this morning announced the first big solar farms in the state as well as auctions to bring 650 megawatts of new projects online to kick off the legislative push on the Victorian Renewable Energy Target. 

Friends of the Earth welcome the announcement and say it’s a vital stepping stone for the Andrews government towards its commitment to deliver 5,400 megawatts of solar and wind by 2025--taking Victoria to 40 percent renewables.

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Threatened species day rally

threatened_species_day_rally_Sept_2017.jpgJoin us on Threatened Species Day to call on the Victorian parliament to protect our threatened wildlife from logging.

Thursday September 7, 5.30pm – 8.30pm.

Parliament House, Melbourne.

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Friends of the Earth statement on marriage equality

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A person's gender and sexuality should not affect their access to marriage in Australia, nor should it impact their human rights in any other way.

Friends of the Earth stands in solidarity with the LGBTQI+ community in the face of this attack on your rights. We also recognise that there are many other significant struggles that LGBTQI+ identifying people face daily because of your gender or sexual identity.

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Get informed and get involved!

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Melbourne is rolling ahead building giant new toll roads for our growing population. We don’t need more roads, we need a sustainable city. Join us for an info night to build a different vision.

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Walk This Way is coming to Melbourne in October 2017!

This spring we will be kick-starting our new Sustainable Cities campaign and getting active with a sponsored walk across our city. Walk This Way will be an opportunity to highlight the key areas of community action in the face of climate change and build our vision of a sustainable city.

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On Saturday October 7th, we will walk 15 kilometres of Melbourne’s Capital City Trail and raise $10,000 for Friends of the Earth.

Beginning on the banks of the Yarra in Melbourne’s CBD and journeying through the urban spaces, parklands and communities we call call home, we will finish up at the heart of Melbourne’s activist community here at Friends of the Earth for a Sustainable Cities campaign launch party!

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Logging machines exit Hermitage Creek Greater Glider forest

The state owned logging agency VicForests has moved logging machinery out of the contentious Hermitage Creek forests where a significant population of threatened Greater Gliders has been found.

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Logging of Greater Glider forest stalled for now at Hermitage Creek in Toolangi

Logging in the controversial "Kings" coupe at Hermitage Creek in the Toolangi state forest has been stalled for now. The forest is home to a colony of threatened Greater Gliders.

Friends of the Earth forest campaigners have been lobbying Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio's office to stop the logging operation. The Minister's department of environment has put a temporary halt to to the logging while they undertake an assessment of the biodiversity values within the coupe and make sure protections are in place for the Greater Gliders.

It's a good start but logging could still go ahead so we need to keep the pressure up.

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FoE welcome $4.7 million Andrews govt grant scheme for climate action: "Program will bring jobs, investment to regional Vic"

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MEDIA RELEASE: 24 July 2017

Friends of the Earth have welcomed an Andrews government announcement of a $4.7 million grant scheme to kick-start community projects that tackle climate change saying it will bring jobs and investment to regional Victoria.  

Minister for Energy, Environment, and Climate Change Lily D'Ambrosio announced the grant scheme at a sold out community event in Maryborough organised by Friends of the Earth with the support of the Goldfields Sustainability Group, Transition Creswick, and Maryborough Community House. 

"Community members in regional Victoria are on the frontline of climate change impacts and will tell you that climate change is changing the seasons," said Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth's Act on Climate coordinator.

"For some communities this means increased water scarcity and drought, and others it means heightened risk of heatwave and bushfire." 

"What unites all regional communities is the urgent need for governments to invest in climate change action. The Andrews government's $4.7 million grant scheme will kickstart community-led solutions."  

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