Make a submission to the Federal Inquiry into the prerequisites for nuclear energy in Australia

The Federal Government has launched an 'Inquiry into the prerequisites for nuclear energy in Australia' and are accepting submissions until 16 September

Nuclear power is a dangerous distraction from real movement on the pressing energy decisions and climate actions we need. Rather than fuel carbon emissions and radioactive risk through domestic coal power plants and the export of coal and uranium, Australia should embrace the fastest growing global energy sector ‒ renewables ‒ and become a driver of clean energy thinking and technology. Renewable energy is affordable, low risk, clean, and popular. Nuclear is simply not. Our shared energy future is renewable, not radioactive.

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Petition Delivery: Rethink the North East Link

Sustainable Cities Friends of the Earth Melbourne

The North East link is a mega toll road proposed to expand the Eastern Freeway up 24 lanes, dividing community and funnelling more traffic onto Hoddle street.

26,000 trees and 9 MCGs worth of parks and open space will be destroyed by this mega toll road.

To mark the end of the Public Hearings, where community members spoke up about their concerns with the project, we will be delivering our petition to Parliament!

RSVP Here

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Friends of the Earth joins the Cooperative Power revolution!

Friends of the Earth is excited to announce that we have joined together with unions, community groups to become part of the recently launched Cooperative Power energy cooperative. 

Cooperative Power is a newly formed cooperative for Australia's energy sector. This new model takes the power back from huge energy corporations, for the benefit of people and our planet. It's a new way for people to buy energy and have a say in how it's created and how much it costs.

The Cooperative Power vision is to have a socially and community-owned retailer that invests in and purchases community renewable energy, and subsidises the roll out of energy efficiency improvements as well as renewable energy infrastructure for working-class households. No one, and no community should be left behind by the transition.

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August News

No New Gas in Victoria

From 2011 until 2017, the Victorian community, especially regional communities in the south of the state, campaigned hard to win the ban on fracking and the moratorium on onshore conventional gas drilling.

While fracking (unconventional gas drilling) was banned permanently, a moratorium was placed on onshore conventional exploration and drilling. This has been in force since 2014, has been extended once, and will expire on June 30, 2020.

Having a ban and moratorium has given certainty to farming communities, who can feel safe from the negative threats of local gas production. It has also stopped new fossil fuels from being developed in a time where climate science makes it abundantly clear that the time for new coal, gas and oil is over.

Now the community faces the prospect of the moratorium being lifted and exploration and conventional gas drilling starting again.

Send an email to Daniel Andrews demanding that he extend the moratorium and protect Victoria from new fossil fuels.

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Our Suburban Rail Vision

There is a huge appetite for more public transport in Melbourne – when the Suburban Rail Loop was first announced the public celebration was enormous. People want public transport to be prioritised. But will the Suburban Rail Loop meet expectations?

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Victoria’s Nuclear Power Inquiry

Nuclear power station in Germany

Responding to the announcement that a Victorian Parliamentary inquiry will investigate the suitability of nuclear power, Dr Jim Green, national anti-nuclear campaigner with Friends of the Earth Australia, said: “Nuclear power has priced itself out of any serious debate about Australia’s energy options but it has become part of the culture wars driven by conservative ideologues.”

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MEDIA RELEASE: Another step forward for Vic’s renewable energy transition: VRET bill in Parliament

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Federal bully effort on gas an attempt to hide policy failure

Sheep_sign_W_VIC_Feb_2016.pngFriends of the Earth media release. August 6, 2019.

The Federal Government has stepped up its attempt to bully NSW and Victoria into opening up new gas fields.

“This is part of a long running campaign by the fossil fuel industry and conservative MPs, with the support from some conservative and business media outlets” said Friends of the Earth co-ordinator Cam Walker.

“These groups continue to push the argument that the moratorium on onshore gas drilling and ban on fracking in Victoria are driving up gas prices for consumers. However, what we have is a failure of the market and government policy, not a lack of supply.”

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Busting Victoria’s Gas Myths

Victoria is feeling the impacts of the climate crisis now. In 2019 alone we have experienced dangerous heatwaves and bushfires across the state, crushing droughts, severe weather, and coastal erosion already eating away our beaches. The science is settled and there is no doubt left that we need to take urgent action in accordance with IPCC recommendations to keep warming within 1.5 degrees, or we face climate catastrophe. 

We currently have a state government that is saying and doing a lot of good things on climate on one hand, but on the other hand supporting the continued growth of fossil fuels and hoping we don’t notice the discrepancy. 

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Transforming Victoria: Creating jobs while cutting emissions

Transforming Victoria: creating jobs while cutting emissions

A ‘green new deal’ proposal for a Fair and Just Transition from Friends of the Earth

There is an urgent climate imperative to transform our economy. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report (2018) argued that, by 2030, global emissions must drop by 45% from their 2010 levels if we are to avoid exposing hundreds of millions of people to serious climate-related hazards. A growing body of mainstream climate science says that we need to achieve deeper targets earlier if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change.

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