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! Pesticides, permaculture, organics & food co-op audio episode

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Presenter: Em Gayfer
Guests: Beth Cameron, Leanne McLean, Esala Liyanage, Peter Podolinsky, Alex Bhathal

FOE Melb Food Co-op

In the 1970s and 1980s Friends of the Earth campaigned on food justice, agricultural pollution, and the politics of food. In 2020, Friends of the Earth continues to champion food safety and sovereignty, building relationships with Indigenous and local growers and producers, and promoting fair trade.  FOE Melbourne’s Food Co-operative & Café is 45 years strong, offering biodynamic vegetarian and vegan fresh and bulk food.  The Food Co-op & Café is leading the way in sustainable food practices, waste minimisation, giving space to FOE fund-raising events, supporting activists and growing community, powered by 1,000s of volunteers from across the world.  Continue reading about key moments in FOE's food justice and food co-operative communities from 1975 - 2020.

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March News

We’re living in tumultuous times. Straight off the back of summer’s horrific bushfires, COVID-19 came along; and whilst its impacts are devastating, both personally and collectively, the community response has been incredible. Mutual aid groups are popping up with increased rapidity and capacity to provide direct aid to those most severely impacted. The lack of support and action from governments has left gaping holes ripe for grassroots organising, and it is invigorating to witness so many stepping into the space.

We believe it is important to acknowledge that some groups of people, both here and overseas, were already experiencing things such as restricted movement, food shortages, limited access to education, and long-term separation from family. This does not mean the rest of us must now be ok with these things; but it does mean we must acknowledge our relative privilege up to and including this point - as it is undoubtedly these same groups of people who are now experiencing the impacts of COVID-19 most heavily.

Click here to read Friends of the Earth Australia's statement on COVID-19.

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North East Link toll road $16 billion Road vs People

 Air Quality Pollution PM10 & PM2.5

In crisis times, is it more important to spend $16 billion on the North East Link (NEL) road project, or support families, the health system and employers? Billions are already sitting in the bank for the NEL Project. The NEL toll road will take a toll in more ways than one.

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Last week the Victorian government gave the go ahead to onshore conventional gas exploitation across the State. A moratorium had halted all exploration and drilling since 2014. In March 2020, the Andrews Government introduced new laws to lift the moratorium and allow extensive drilling for gas reserves underground from July 2021. 

In 2018, the Victorian Labour Government released five new oil and gas exploration blocks in the offshore Otway Basin in State waters, extending from Port Campbell to the South Australian border.  Climate science makes it abundantly clear that time is running out if we want to avoid catastrophic climate change.  To reduce methane gas emissions, we must stop further fossil fuel expansion and transition to 100% renewable energy and energy storage.  The State government needs to cancel the tender process for offshore oil and gas exploration and end onshore gas expansion in the Otway Basin in western Victoria.  The time for new fossil fuel expansion is over. Keep reading to meet the CAST OF GAS VILLIANS and TAKE DIGITAL ACTION NOW!




Otway Gas Plant near Port Campbell, Victoria
Otway Gas Plant near Port Campbell, Victoria (source: Beach Energy website)

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New gas projects will mean a failure on emissions reduction

Community members in Victoria's south west have collected over 1000 signatures on a petition calling for an extension of a ban on onshore gas exploration.

Community opposition to drilling remains strong across regional Victoria with over 70 communities declaring themselves 'gasfield free' as part of the campaign that also banned fracking.

The announcement to scrap the temporary ban on onshore gas drilling has come just as community members from local group Protect the West in the south west of the state prepared to submit over 1,000 signatures in opposition to a lifting of the ban to the Premier’s office.


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Joint Statement: Wind Energy Industry calls for Victoria to set science-based Emissions Reduction Targets


A coalition of ten leading wind energy companies and supportive organisations have today released a joint statement calling on Victoria's Andrews government to set science-based Emissions Reductions Targets that help limit global warming to 1.5C.

The statement comes as the state government enters the final week of its decision-making process on Victoria’s first interim targets to cut emissions across the whole economy.

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45 Years of Acting Up!! Indigenous Solidarity gatherings 1997 and 1998

Indigenous-solidarity-land-protestFriends 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!! Indigenous Solidarity gatherings 1997 and 1998

Presenters: Em Gayfer & Megan Williams.  Guests: Anthony Amis, Jim Green

FOE Australia meet and work on stolen lands of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people and respect that sovereignty of those lands was never ceded.  We pay respect to Elders, past and present, and acknowledge the pivotal role that Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people continue to play within the Australian community.

Warning: this page contains images and voices of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people who have passed away.

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Sustainable Cities Updates

It's a troubling time with COVID-19 on the top of everyone's minds. We encourage everyone to support each other in any way they can and reach out for help if they need. We can get through this together.

Throughout this time, we're continuing to advocate for a more sustainable and equitable transport future. We're working to make sure our campaigns to Stop the North East Link and build Melbourne Metro 2 continue to grow despite this trying time.

For those who missed it, here’s an update on what we've been up to so far in 2020:

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SNAP ACTION: Join our digital rally against fossil fuels in VIC

Join us for a digital snap rally

Our voices must not be silent in the face of the decision by Dan Andrews to scrap the onshore gas ban that puts our climate and our futures at risk.

The restrictions on public gatherings means we are deferring from the face-to-face actions and change the way protest happens to ensure we protect communities. 

That’s why we are calling on you to participate RIGHT NOW in our ‘DIGITAL SNAP ACTION’, by ‘checking in’ en-masse at the Premiers Office on Facebook.

Check in @Treasury Place with a selfie telling Dan Andrews why you think he has made the wrong call on with gas. (This needs to be done on a smart device like a phone, tablet, etc.)

We may not be able to protest in person, but we can still make our presence known!

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Gaslighting Victorians: Andrews fails on climate by expanding fossil fuels

VIC farmlands are again at risk as Andrews opens up gas mining

Friends of the Earth expressed its shock at the announcement by the Andrews government that it will scrap the moratorium protecting Victorian farmland from risky onshore gas drilling.

The premier announced that the moratorium will be lifted to allow gas production from July next year.

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