September News

Walk This Way is back in 2019!

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On Saturday November 9th Friends of the Earth will walk 15km along Melbourne's Capital City Trail to celebrate transformative communities.

We want you to join us!

While extractive industries are busy causing climate chaos, join us in finding the communities taking the lead in creating a safe climate future.

Beginning at CERES Community Environment Park, and journeying along Melbourne's Merri Creek Trail to hear some of Melbourne's transformative community stories, we will finish up with a community picnic at Abbotsford Convent.


Every dollar you raise will support Friends of the Earth campaigning for urgent system change in the face of the climate crisis!


Get Sponsored: Ask your friends, your family, your neighbours to donate to Friends of the Earth to sponsor you for your walk.

Spread the Word:
Invite others to sign up and #WalkThisWay with us - a journey is always better shared! You can join one of the Friends of the Earth teams, or set up your own!

Get Walking:
You can be part of the whole 15kms walk or you’ll be able to join #WalkThisWay at a number of meeting points along the trail (more information coming soon on the website!)

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Remembering the River: Part 2

The corporate control of the Murray-Darling Basin is failing all communities who want sustainable livelihoods along our rivers. This disproportionately impacts our First Nations communities whose cultural rights have been ignored. 

On our recent trip to Menindee, River Country spoke to some residents about their memories of the Darling/Baarka River and what needs to change so the health of this vital ecosystem can be restored. We spoke to Sabrina, a Menindee farmer and Fiula, 12 & Shontaye, 13, of Menindee.  


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Fossil Frontlines Community Tour

Victorians know that we are facing a time of climate and ecological crisis. 

Winter has only just finished and we are already getting warnings of a horror bushfire season, with farming communities in the grip of severe drought.

But whilst Premier Andrews has taken commendable action on climate in the past, there is a huge hole in his government’s climate action. 

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Remembering the River

The corporate control of the Murray-Darling Basin is failing all communities who want sustainable livelihoods along our rivers. This disproportionately impacts our First Nations communities whose cultural rights have been ignored. 

On our recent trip to Menindee, River Country spoke to some residents about their memories of the Darling/Baarka River and what needs to change so the health of this vital ecosystem can be restored. Here we present the stories of Susannah, a Menindee local who has witnessed drastic changes to the river due to poor government policy, and Kirrie, Mia & LaPeta, three young girls from Menindee. 


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Sale of Gippsland gasfields shows gas is becoming a stranded asset

The announcement from ExxonMobil that it is planning to sell all its assets is enormous news for Gippsland.

The offshore oil and gas industry has been a creator of jobs and economic activity for decades and the sale will send shock waves through the region.

However, it is hard to imagine any company wanting to buy oil and gas fields that are clearly in steep decline.

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Action Recap: Petition Delivery to Stop the North East Link

Stop the North East Link Sustainable Cities Petition Delivery

On Thursday, community members delivered a petition on behalf of 700 people calling for a stop to the $16 billion North East Link toll road.

Members of Parliament Sam Hibbins (Victorian Greens spokesperson for Transport) and Clifford Hayes (Sustainable Australia Party) accepted the petition and delivered it to decision makers.

“[The North East Link is] a lazy solution to frustrated residents in the North-East corridor that will only increase the city’s dependence on cars,” said community member Cynthia Pilli on the steps of Parliament.

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MEDIA ALERT: Community petition delivery to Parliament calling on decision makers to stop the North East Link

Petition Delivery Stop the North East Link Sustainable Cities

MEDIA ALERT: THURSDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2019


Community petition delivery to Parliament calling on decision makers to stop the North East Link

This Thursday, community members will gather at Parliament steps to deliver a petition calling on Premier Daniel Andrews, Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan and Planning Minister Richard Wynne to stop the $16 billion North East Link toll road.

The event marks the end of the public hearings where concerned citizens had the opportunity to raise issues about the project before an independent panel.

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Will you join the Global Climate Strike?

Cindy, a school striker, and Lucinda from Friends of Earth's Act on Climate collective here. We officially invite you to the Global Climate Strike on September 20!

The Federal government is failing embarrassingly on climate. Australia's carbon emissions are at a seven-year high and our government wants to open to new coal, gas, and oil projects! Whaaat?

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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!

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