Friends of the Earth Melbourne believes that social and environmental issues cannot be separated from each other. As a result, FoE is a social and environmental justice organisation. It seeks to work towards a sustainable and equitable future and seeks to work in a way that empowers individuals and communities. This means that FoE operates on a collective basis using consensus for decision-making.
FoE campaigns from the local to global level: it is part of the FoE Australia network, which currently includes 12 groups around the country. FoE Australia is, in turn, the national member of FoE International, which is now active in more than 70 countries.
Collectively, the FoE network is the largest environmental federation in the world. It has around 5,000 local branches, including those in Australia. Member groups at the national level are autonomous, leading to a great diversity within the network. FoE International is active on many of the key global environmental and social issues.
If you need an annual report prior to these dates, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy.
Funding and fund-raising
Each campaign sets its own goals and is ultimately responsible for fund-raising, and reports to strategy collective. The campaign planning is co-ordinated through bi annual whole of organisation planning meetings.
Friends of the Earth Melbourne is a Charitable Institution and is registered as having Deductible Gift Recipient status, meaning it can provide tax deductible receipts for donations over $2.
You can donate here.
Check our annual reports (above and below) for financial reports and details on our sources of income.
In recent years we have received financial support from the following businesses.
Via the environment grants program.
FoE staff and volunteers
The office is open 10am til 6pm, Monday to Friday. 312 Smith St, Collingwood.
Ph: (03) 9419 8700 (outside Melbourne): 1300 852 081
Development Coordinator: Phil Evans email@example.com
Membership and Fundraising Coordinator: Jemila Rushton firstname.lastname@example.org
Finances Coordinator: Tara Stevenson email@example.com
Operations Coordinator: Samantha Castro firstname.lastname@example.org
Campaigns Coordinator/ media: Cam Walker - email@example.com 0419 338 047
Unconventional gas and climate: Cam Walker - firstname.lastname@example.org
Quit Coal campaign: email@example.com
Renewable Energy campaign (yes 2 Renewables): Leigh Ewbank - firstname.lastname@example.org - 0406 316 176
River Country campaign: Covering inland rivers and waterways: Morgana Russell - email@example.com
Latin American campaign issues: Marisol Salinas - firstname.lastname@example.org
Anti Nuclear and Clean Energy Collective: Gem - email@example.com
Plantations/ Pesticides/ Water: Anthony Amis - firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: the bookshop is no longer operating
Co-ordinator: Beth Cameron - email@example.com 03 9419 8700 (ext 05)
National staff based in Melbourne:
* national anti nuclear campaigner:
Jim Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
We are the local member of Friends of the Earth Australia, which has membership in a range of alliances and organisations. You can find details on these here.
Locally we work closely with the following people and organisations:
On campaigns and community projects, our partners include-
* Australian Conservation Foundation
* Australian Student Environment Network (ASEN)
* Beyond Zero Emissions
* City of Yarra, via the community grants program - especially for our street festival and the 'solutions to climate change' festival
* Environment Victoria
* Forest Action Trust
* Get Up!
* Melbourne Water Catchment Network
* Otway Ranges Environment Network
* photographer Peter McConchie
* photographer Rodney Dekker. http://www.rodneydekker.com/
* Public Transport not Traffic
* The Sustainable Living Foundation. We collaborate with SLF on a range of events, including the annual sustainability convergence, held each February
* The Wilderness Society
* Victorian National Parks Association
* Victorian Trades Hall Council and many individual unions.
* Yarra Environment Network
* Yorta Yorta Nation
We are a signatory to a Memorandum of Understanding with The Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations (MLDRIN).
Working with Carbon Equity, we established the Climate Action Centre in Carlton.
In 2010, FoE helped launch the Transition Decade (T10). T10is a non-partisan shared campaign which is coordinated by an alliance of groups. Groups guiding the campaign include: Friends of the Earth Australia, Beyond Zero Emissions, the Climate Emergency Network and the Sustainable Living Foundation. http://www.t10.net.au/
FoEM is an incorporated body in the state of Victoria. It is managed on a day-to-day basis by the strategy collective, which meets monthly and is composed of representatives of the campaigns and businesses.
A Committee of Management (CoM) - known as the Policy Advisory Committee or PAC - is appointed at the AGM and has oversight for long term planning, accountability and finances. All members of FoEM are welcome to stand for the CoM. The AGM is generally held in November.
The current CoM is: