Massive day of action for forests on Threatened Species Day

Web_Convergence3_copy.jpgFriends of the Earth's forest collective organised a massive day of action for National Threatened Species Day last week, on 7 September. 

Our forest campaign released the Lawless Logging report with Goongerah Environment Centre and Fauna and Flora Research Collective documenting 27 cases of logging in Victoria that breached environmental protections for threatened wildlife and rainforest over the last three years.

FoE mobilised dozens of forest activists and coordinated with forest groups across Victoria to hold actions throughout the city highlighting the report’s findings and recommendations.

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Report exposes Labor's lawless logging

To mark National Threatened Species day, Friends of the Earth Melbourne has released a report documenting 27 unlawful native forest logging operations in protected threatened species habitat and rainforest. 

These logging operations have occurred under the Andrews Labor government.

The Lawless logging report has been prepared by FoE in partnership with forest survey groups Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO) and Fauna and Flora Research Collective (FFRC).

Read the report here.

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AEMO analysis shows Victorian Renewable Energy Target will secure state's energy future

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Friends of the Earth welcome the Australian Energy Market Operator's Electricity Statement of Opportunities, and say the analysis shows the Victorian Renewable Energy Target will secure the state's energy future.

“Premier Daniel Andrews is securing Victoria's energy supply in the face of federal inaction by investing in renewable energy,” said Pat Simons, Freinds of the Earth spokesperson.

"The Andrews government has made the right call with it's decision to set renewable energy targets."

"The AEMO analysis shows the electricity sector is gearing up for greater use of wind and solar."

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Threatened Species Day - get ready for a massive day of action for our wildlife

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On 7 September 1996, Threatened Species Day was declared to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the death of the last remaining Tasmanian tiger at Hobart Zoo in 1936.

To commemorate the day this year, the Victorian government "encourage[s] the community to prevent further extinctions of Australia's fauna and flora, and to restore healthy numbers of endangered species and ecological communities in the wild". 

The Foe Forest Collective is well up for this invitation and thinks that a good start would be for the Victorian government to stop logging protected forest communities and their threatened and endangered wildlife! And to end the logging industry's exemption from federal environment laws that protect threatened species!

On Threatened Species Day we'll deliver our message right across Melbourne in a massive day of action. Do you want to join in?

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August 2017 Update

Have you signed up for for Walk This Way yet? You can RIGHT NOW at walkthisway.org.au and start collecting sponsors for this amazing event coming up in just over a month!

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First year anniversary of Fracking Ban

The 30th of August marks a very special occasion for Victorians: the first anniversary of our state-wide ban on Fracking and unconventional gas.

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On this day last year the Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews announced a permanent ban on Hydraulic fracking and CSG gas drilling in Victoria. This is the first permanent ban on fracking in the country, and effectively stopped the invasive unconventional gas industry in Victoria in its tracks.

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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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