Friends of the Earth (FoE) Melbourne  is a non-for profit organisation working for a socially equitable and environmentally sustainable future. The international Friends of the Earth network is  active in 77 countries with over 2 million members. Read more.

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Locals initiate climate solutions in Melbourne's inner north

Climate change is affecting people in Melbourne by putting pressure on public health, the local environment, infrastructure, and the economy. Yarra Community Solar and the Epworth Hospital have initiated sustainable projects in the inner north to create change in their communities.

 

 

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River Country Returns in 2018

IMG_8560_blog.JPGLast year was a big year for the Murray Darling. The Darling ran dry, Four Corners exposed upstream water theft thrusting our river into the national spotlight and bickering over the Murray Darling Basin Plan threatened to cut back the amount water that is returned to the environment. With a Victorian State Election and a key decision about the fate of the Murray Darling Basin Plan pending for February, 2018 is shaping up to be even bigger.

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Launch of Melbourne's REAL Transport Vision

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Parliament of Victoria

Spring Street, Melbourne,

JOIN US to launch a community transport vision for Melbourne-wide sustainable transport options!

Our political leaders have failed to develop a comprehensive transport plan for Melbourne and concerned citizens are not waiting any longer.

JOIN US for the launch of a broad community transport vision to provide Melbourne-wide sustainable transport options for the future.

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Join the Radioactive Exposure Tour in 2018

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ACE Nuclear Free Collective is happy to annouce we will be organising a Radioactive Exposure Tour in 2018. From March 30th to April 8th, we will be travelling from Melbourne to South Australia, to visit nuclear sites including: proposed sites for national nuclear waste dump in Flinders Ranges and Kimba, nuclear bomb test sites at Woomera, Olympic Dam uranium mine and Lake Eyre.

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Rubicon forest at immediate risk

Rubicon_alert_Dec_2017.jpgThe Rubicon Forest Protection Group has detected logging in a very important area in the Rubicon Valley right next to the Rubicon Valley Historic reserve and on the Royston River.

The natural heritage, ecological values and tourism value of this beautiful place are being decimated.

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$23 billion for transport – what would you spend it on?

Major_Projects_invoice.jpgMelbourne keeps growing and is becoming ever more congested and crowded. It is expected that Melbourne will soon pass Sydney as the largest city in Australia. If we want to keep our ‘liveable city’ tag we need to keep improving public transport and services, especially in fringe areas, while ensuring there is sensible and sensitive infill and increased density along key public transport nodes.

It is essential we stop funding major road projects like the North East Link and the Westgate Tunnel. This will free up more than $20B in funding which could be available for more sustainable transport infrastructure.

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Westgate Tollroad environmental disaster approved

MEDIA RELEASE: WESTGATE TUNNEL TOLL ROAD ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER APPROVED

 

Environment group Friends of the Earth and community groups across Melbourne's west have expressed outrage this morning in response to the news the Andrews government have signed contracts enabling construction of the Westgate Tunnel Project in early 2018.

"Building the Westgate Tunnel Toll Road is wholly inconsistent with the Andrews government's commitment to action on climate change. The transport emissions from megaroads will blow out any reductions targets. " said Friends of the Earth's Sustainable Cities coordinator Rachel Lynskey.

Melbourne continues investment in roads, at the expense of public transport and a world-class rail network. The community are asking that the government invest in freight on rail to reduce pollution from trucks travelling to the Port of Melbourne.

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Vicforests tries to get green tick for logging endangered forests

VicForests is pursuing Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for the third time in decade. The internationally recognised certification label regards itself as having strict environmental standards, which specify that logging cannot threaten endangered species, old growth forest and rainforest.

Previous audits of VicForests found a number non conformances to the FSC standards. Today our affiliates GECO joined the auditors in the forest to demonstrate VicForests non conformance to the standard and the impacts of logging on threatened wildlife and old growth forest in East Gippsland.

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From Rural Victoria to Darwin: Fighting for a Frack-Free Australia

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While Jemena carries on with the NT Pipeline construction and the State Government's Inquiry into Unconventional Gas is still underway, communities in the NT are standing up louder than ever against fracking.  

As Victorians who continue to feel the relief from our win, we know we haven’t fully won until we have a frack free Australia. In a gesture of support and solidarity, four farmers just traveled over 3000 kms from Victoria to Darwin to rally and stand with communities that are next in line in fighting for land rights, clean water and a safe climate.

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