What’s really going on with wind farms and property prices?

Wind Farm Image source: RenewEconomy (12 August 2019)

One of the claims we continue to see used by anti-wind campaigners in an attempt to turn people against wind farms is the claim that wind affects property prices — but what’s really going on with wind power and property values? Friends of the Earth's Yes 2 Renewables collective has undertaken a review of research on the topic to determine if there is in fact any relationship between wind farms and property prices, both globally and locally here in Australia.

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Andrews govt’s renewable energy push keeps Victoria on track to zero emissions

MEDIA RELEASE: 2 September 2020

Andrews govt’s renewable energy push keeps Victoria on track to zero emissions


Friends of the Earth welcomes the Andrews government’s 'VRET 2' announcement of a ‘market sounding’ for 600MW of new renewable energy capacity.

The new capacity will repower government operationsincluding all the state’s schools and hospitals and Melbourne’s train networkwith solar and wind energy.

"Powering the state’s schools, hospitals, and metro trains with renewable energy helps keep Victoria on track to achieve zero emissions," said Cam Walker, Friends of the Earth campaigns coordinator.

"The positive announcement shows that economic recovery programs can benefit the community and the climate. It shows that governments can create jobs while cutting emissions."

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Update from the Djab Wurrung Embassy, how to help, and what's needed.

This message is directly from the Djab Wurrung Embassy:

At the start of August, Susan Ley federal minister for environment, gave the go ahead yet again to Vic Roads / MRPV starting a countdown for the state to remove us and clear the embassy camps.

We have time to prepare and we need your help to do that.

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New Report shows that the Strzelecki Koala Faces an Uncertain Future

New report shows that the Strzelecki Koala  faces an uncertain future

Between December 2019 and July 2020, Environmental group, Friends of the Earth, carried out 200 koala surveys in the Strzelecki Ranges and Gippsland Region. The surveys hoped to better understand habitat utilisation by koalas in the region. The surveys add to other survey work conducted in the region between 2013-16.

Friends of the Earth believe that there may be as few as 1,500 of Victoria’s only endemic koalas remaining raising concerns for the future of the iconic animal.

The concerns come after the launch of the Koala Surveys: Strzelecki Ranges/Gippsland Regions December 2019 - July 2020 report.

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Workers Solidarity Bulletin: Issue 22

Workers Solidarity Bulletin Issue 22

While workers are still figuring out how to protect their loved ones and livelihoods through the fallout of COVID-19 the bosses are ticking a few things off their wish list. We are seeing systematic attacks on the sick leave, penalty rates and job securities unionists have won and worked long and hard to protect. Instead of fighting back one issue or one workplace at a time, we need a united fight now. 

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Online Panel How The North East Link Toll Road Will Affect You

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Join us for a forum with experts, community members and local activists to find out how the North East Link will affect you. 

 

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Crowdfunder Launch for Koala Research!

Strzeleck KoalaAustralia’s Koalas are in Crisis. 

The devastating ‘Black Summer’ bushfires decimated koala populations, and resulted in the death of more than 3 billion native animals. 

Victoria’s endemic species of koala, the Strzelecki Koala, is the only remnant population of koala in Victoria and South Australia. 

Their population is however under threat and does not have the adequate protections to ensure their survival.

That's why EthicalJobs.com.au has committed to match, dollar for dollar, any donation made to Friends of the Earth through Chuffed until 30 September, up to a total of $30,000!

Make a donation today!

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45 YEARS OF ACTING UP! FRIENDS OF THE EARTH & 3CR

Friends of the Earth podcast history series made in collaboration with 3CR 855 AM community radio show Acting Up!    Monday 2.00pm.  Ratbags, peaceniks and agents of change, resistance radio that explores the movements that made us. 


45 years of Acting Up!  Friends of the Earth & 3CR audio episode

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Presenters: Megan Williams and Em Gayfer
Guests: Mick Harris (FOE volunteer & Community Radio Federation 3CR rep), Larissa MacFarlane (FOE presenter, Green Beat), Juliet Fox (Green Beat presenter & 3CR Projects Coordinator), Michaela Stubbs (FOE ACE collective & 3CR Program Coordinator), and Cam Walker (FOE Campaigns Coordinator)

3CR Radical Radio

This final 45 years of Acting Up episode celebrates Friends of the Earth’s bonds with 3CR.  Friends of the Earth is an on-air affiliate presenting 3CR shows Dirt Radio, Earth Matters, and with guests on the Radioactive Show, in solidarity we give voice to campaigns for environmental and social change.  Read about key moments in 3CR-FOE programming, listen to audio episodes, and find out how you can get involved with Friends of the Earth and support 3CR Community Radio.

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45 YEARS OF ACTING UP! FRIENDS OF THE EARTH BANDS & GIGS

Friends of the Earth podcast history series made in collaboration with 3CR 855 AM community radio show Acting Up!    Monday 2.00pm.  Ratbags, peaceniks and agents of change, resistance radio that explores the movements that made us. 

45 years of Acting Up!  Friends of the Earth Bands & Gigs audio episode

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Presenters: Megan Williams and Em Gayfer
Guests: Leanne McLean, Beth Cameron, Anthony Amis

Red Gum hand bill 1979Red Gum hand bill 1979

Dance with us down a musical memory lane as we recall 45 years of Friends of the Earth bands and gigs.  Jazz launching an anti-nuclear protest, music at a wilderness Protestival, local pub gigs, or drag on the Darling, Friends of the Earth brings together musicians, artists and activists to form grass roots communities in creative resistance.  Here’s some key musical moments and discover how to connect with Friends of the Earth to party with purpose for our planet.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Friends of the Earth call for Andrews govt to make "right decision, not rushed decision" on delayed climate targets

Friends of the Earth Melbourne has released a statement in response to the Victorian government's delay to setting interim Emissions Reduction Targets.

It is the second time a decision on the targets has been delayed.

Friends of the Earth's Act on Climate coordinator, Leigh Ewbank, said: 

"Despite our deep disappointment about the delay, we believe it is essential that the Victorian government makes the right decision, not a rushed decision on climate targets."

The community campaign for science-based targets will continue. We will fight for Climate Justice for all Victorians.

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