45 YEARS OF ACTING UP! FRIENDS OF THE EARTH SUSTAINABLE CITIES CAMPAIGNS

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

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13 things Victoria could do to prepare for next summer's fires

IMGP8794.JPGAustralia suffered through a terrible summer. The 2019–20 bushfires have been described as 'the worst bushfires in our history’. Australia wide, approximately 19.4 million hectares have burnt since 1 July 2019 and at least 33 people dead. It has been estimated that a billion animals died. More than 2,500 homes were destroyed, with more than 300 in Victoria.

In Victoria, more than 1.2 million hectares have been burnt—making it the largest bushfire since 1939.

Now the Victorian government is holding an independent investigation into the 2019–20 fire season. It is being led by the Inspector-General for Emergency Management, and is looking at Victoria's ‘preparedness for, and response to, the current fire season, as well as review Victoria's recovery effort’. Submissions to this process are open until the end of April and preliminary recommendations are due on 31 July 2020.

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'Click and Collect' shopping now available at the FoE Food Coop and Cafe

We cannot yet fully comprehend the impact that COVID-19 will have on Friends of the Earth and our community. But, like many small retail and hospitality outlets, our social enterprise cafe and bulk foods store is already being hit hard by the pandemic. 

The FoE Food Coop team have been working around the clock to continue to serve our Collingwood community and provide healthy affordable food during the COVID-19 crisis.

And, we're excited to announce that you can now order online to 'Click and Collect' seasonal vegetable boxes, bulk food, pantry items and groceries. 

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45 YEARS OF ACTING UP! FRIENDS OF THE EARTH FOREST CAMPAIGNS

Friends of the Earth podcast history series made in collaboration with 3CR 855 AM community radio show Acting Up!  
Monday 2.00pm-2.30pm.  Ratbags, peaceniks and agents of change, resistance radio that explores the movements that made us. 

45 Years of Acting Up! Walking tall amongst giants audio episode

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Presenter: Megan Williams
Guests: Fiona York, Martin Daly, Anthony Amis

Forest march

Since the 1990s, Friends of the Earth’s forest campaigns flourished, collaborating with Indigenous communities to protect land and water rights, saving old growth forests from logging, and challenging plantation practices.  Friends of the Earth helped to break down “greenies versus loggers” dynamics, establish the Forest Stewardship Council, and support greater co-operation with trade unions to launch the Earthworker alliance.  Keep reading to find out about our affiliates and partners, and discover how you can help protect Australia’s native forests, expand our national parks and help locate sites for the koalas of the Strzelecki Ranges.

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Please join us to #StopKalbar

Screen_Shot_2020-04-20_at_8.11.31_am.pngKalbar Resources has proposed a mineral sands and rare earths mine at Glenaladale, near Bairnsdale in East Gippsland.

The Fingerboards mine has not yet been approved by the Victorian Government, but after several years of investigation, Kalbar believes the site is suitable for an open cut mine to extract minerals including zircon, rutile and ilmenite — a titanium mineral, and rare earths.

There is still time to influence the Victorian government’s decision on this destructive and unpopular project.

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45 YEARS OF ACTING UP! FRIENDS OF THE EARTH TALKING TACTICS

Friends of the Earth podcast history series made in collaboration with 3CR 855 AM community radio show Acting Up! 
Monday 2.00pm-2.30pm.  Ratbags, peaceniks and agents of change, resistance radio that explores the movements that made us. 

45 years of Acting Up! Talking tactics from lobbying to locking on audio episode

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Presenter: Phil Evans
Guests: Mara Bonacci, Merryn Redenbach

Dirty coal

Protestors converge on Hazelwood coal power station 2009

For over 45 years, Friends of the Earth has lobbied to influence government policies campaigning on environmental and social justice issues.  Direct actions have involved a toilet sit-in, a Tahiti ketch voyage, a giant inflatable whale, scaling infrastructure and banner drops.  Blockades, bike rides and road trips maintain resistance, convergence, community education, occupations and media spread the word.  Discover Friends of the Earth’s winning strategies and tenacious tactics lobbying and locking on from the 1970s onwards.

 

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45 YEARS OF ACTING UP! FRIENDS OF THE EARTH - BRISBANE RADICALS

Friends of the Earth podcast history series made in collaboration with 3CR 855 AM community radio show Acting Up! 
Monday 2:00pm-2.30pm.  Ratbags, peaceniks and agents of change, resistance radio that explores the movements that made us. 

45 years of Acting Up! Taking a look at local groups: FOE Brisbane audio episode

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Presenter: Em Gayfer
Guests: Cam Walker, June Norman, Jessica Lawson, Robin Taubenfeld

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In this episode we shine a light on the radical resistance of Friends of the Earth Brisbane and their 45 years of environmental campaigning on Indigenous land rights, reef and forest protection, anti-uranium mining and anti-nuclear action, protests against coal and gas expansion, while promoting peace and climate justice issues locally and internationally.  Keep reading for key moments of FOE Brisbane 1975 – 2020.

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Responding to the Covid-19 Outbreak: A Blueprint for Climate Justice

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In response to the economic impacts of the outbreak of the Coronavirus/ Covid-19, state and federal governments are now announcing rolling, large-scale stimulus packages to keep the economy afloat. These already total billions of dollars and are likely to be ongoing. 

This is both a threat and an opportunity for the future of the economy, the climate and ecosystems at a time of overlapping crises.

Will we see the Morrison government attempt to force through subsidies for new coal mines and fossil fuel generators, bailouts of large corporations and guarantees for executive pay while regular people struggle to pay rent and emissions continue to rise?

Or will we take this opportunity to transform the economic system to get the climate crisis under control, and ensure the safety and health of people? We cannot return to business as usual.

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Not a Moment Too Soon

Water beginning to trickle down the lower Darling has come as a saving grace in a moment of global crisis. 

The first flush down the Darling-Barka in 3 years was always going to bring joy and hope to towns like Menindee, but as Australia braces for the potential public health crisis of COVID-19, the importance of this water cannot be understated.

 

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