May News

Friends of the Earth membership drive 8-12 June

Friends of the Earth is a grassroots network of activists working for social and environmental justice.  Our Melbourne HQ is located on Wurundjeri country at 312 Smith Street, Collingwood, home to our campaigns office and social enterprise Food Co-op and Cafe. Like many other grassroots groups we are experiencing the financial impacts of the pandemic lockdown, with significant loss of income.  A Friends of the Earth membership will help to keep our vibrant community space operating and cover additional covid-safe costs, building financial capacity to plan and campaign for a better future.  You don't have to wait until June to become a member - you can do it online now!
Become a member of Friends of the Earth here

All members receive discounts at the Food Co-op & Cafeaccess to the Cooperative Power energy network, a subscription to Chain Reaction magazine and our newsletter, and special offers from our sponsors.

Order from FoE’s Food Co-op click and collect online shopping here

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Several images of people holding up signs saying #LifelongLockdown

Today dozens of community members have taken to Facebook and Twitter calling on Transport Minister Melissa Horne to prioritise accessible public transport for all with the hashtag #LifelongLockdown.   

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Digital Action: Accessible Transport for All!

Claudia lies on the ground with a wreath of flowers around them holding the sign #LifelongLockdown

Our digital action with the Disability Resources Centre is tomorrow Tues 19 May!

We are calling everyone – whether you find public transport inaccessible, or if you understand how important it is to have a transport system that works for everyone – to post a message or photo with the hashtag #LifelongLockdown on Facebook on Tuesday 19th May.

Here's how to get involved:

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Accessible Transport for All- Digital Action!

Several people on a zoom call smiling at the camera

Join us for a digital action calling for accessible transport for all Victorians on Tuesday May 19! 

Sustainable Cities is partnering with the Disability Resources Centre to fight for equal access to public transport. 

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May Food Coop Update

Thank you to everyone who has adapted to the changes in-store, so we can continue to Support local farmers, buy ethically and reduce waste  together during these difficult times of COVID-19.

With new restrictions coming into to place, we wanted to take the time to remind you of how we have adapted to physical distancing. 

We are open for bulk food shopping! 

  • We’re taking extra care and providing extra hygiene measures to keep us all safe.

  • We have hand washing facilities, hand sanitiser and washing all utensils once they are used.

  • We have moved lots of things to the front so we can all practice physical distancing while collecting our bulk items.

Karri and Esala outside the FoE Food Coop - doing a great job of physical distancing :)   

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Koala mapping success in Gippsland!

Mirboo North Koala Mapping

January 2020: Old growth Mountain Grey Gum at Mirboo North. A newly mapped koala hotspot

For many years, Friends of the Earth has been concerned about the only endemic koala population remaining in Victoria and South Australia. This population inhabits the Strzelecki Ranges/South Gippsland region of Victoria. 

Results of our work, in conjunction with other groups was published in 2016. This work found that the preferred trees for Strzelecki Koalas were Mountain Grey Gum, Blue Gum and Strzelecki Gum. The work also determined a koala population of 0.09 animals per hectare of bushland.

We have continued this work in 2020 to further our understanding of the animal by conducting surveys in the Strzelecki Ranges and South Gippsland. 

As of just before the COVID-19 lockdown, FoE has conducted a further 92 koala site surveys, after visiting 420 locations. The surveys have helped better understand the range of the animal by concentrating the surveying on preferred koala feed trees. Of most interest has been the addition of a number of new koala populations to the Strzelecki koala map database, managed by FoE.



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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! Transform Waste audio episode

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Presenter: Megan Williams.
Guests: Fran McDonald (WAGA), Genevieve Fry (FoE Food Coop), Anine Cummins (FoE Transform Waste), Edgie Gifford (FoE Zero Waste), and Jim Green (FoE ACE Nuclear Free).

Great Pacific garbage patch

Great Pacific garbage patch (photo: Scott Snowden)

Back in the day, Friends of the Earth’s Transform Waste campaigns lobbied for container deposit legislation achieving active schemes in operation across Australia today.  Over the years campaigning shifted to electronic waste, packaging and food waste.  In the past four decades, single-use plastics became a focus, and campaigners called for bans to offshore dumping of hazardous industrial tailings in cahoots with trade unions.  Into the 21st century, FOE continues to advocate for resource recovery, to repair, reuse and recycle, calling for transformation of the waste management cycle, and resistance to nuclear waste dumps.  Keep reading to find out how to be part of the solution to eliminate waste and pollution, to stop valuable materials ending up in land fill, and to help heal our environment.  

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Koalas continue to perish in Victoria's south west

In early February, Friends of the Earth was appalled by yet another koala massacre in the south west of the State.

A visit to the region last month confirmed our worst fears; Koalas that survive plantation logging are now facing starvation and are on the move across the landscape.

In order to get people to better understand some of the dynamics occurring in translocated koala populations, Friends of the Earth has has produced this short video.

We hope this provides a better insight into the disaster unfolding in the South West.

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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! Wrong way go back audio episode

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Presenter: Em Gayfer
Guests: Tony Murphy, Domenica Settle (CAFE campaign), Claudia Gallois (FoE Sustainable Cities campaign) and local resident Keith Fitzgerald.

Freeway blockadeSustainable cities protest

Friends of the Earth has a long history supporting communities and lobbying governments to create sustainable cities, from the 1970s anti-F19-Eastern freeway protests to the recent win to stop the East West link.  Friends of the Earth and allies actively campaign against costly, polluting mega road projects and expensive toll roads, calling for affordable, equal access to better public transport systems.  Listen and learn how to stop freeways and reclaim space for bikes and people to travel around more liveable urban environments.  Keep reading to get involved to make our cities greener and create a sustainable transport future.

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April News

Sign up to Maybe Mullet #StayAtHome Haircut & colour to support Friends of the Earth

MAYBE ... You’ve been considering a new look during your isolation experience?
MAYBE ... You’re frustrated with the lack of action on climate and environmental issues?
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