Tell decision makers its time for 10 minute trains!

Group of people protesting with signs. Captioned tell decision makers its time for 10 minute trains and Build Melbourne Metro 2.

Are you tired of long wait times and crowded trains? 

Guess what!? By 2050 transport use in Melbourne will more than double, filling up our trains and causing more delays. Serious action must be taken now.

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A logging road in the Alpine National Park?

20210330_120956.jpgThe state government logging agency, VicForests, intends to log a total of 11 “coupes”, or sections, of mature forest, much of it dominated by Alpine Ash, in the headwaters of the Little Dargo River, an area of state forest that lies right next to the Alpine National Park. These coupes are located in a series of clusters, where separate sections of bush will be harvested, creating a large zone of cleared land over time.

One coupe has already been logged. The remaining coupes have not yet been scheduled for harvesting. There is still time to stop this ecological disaster – if we act now.

The Little Dargo is roughly 15 kilometres south of the Mt Hotham ski resort in the mountains of north eastern Victoria. Background on the logging can be found here.

What is happening in the Little Dargo catchment is emblematic of a much wider threat occurring across the mountain environments of south eastern Australia.

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Dirt Radio - Start your own cooperative with Earthworker

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This week on our radio show, Katherine Cunningham from Earthworker Cooperative joins Phil on the phone to talk about how worker owned cooperatives are engaging the resistance and dismantling patriarchal, corporate power.

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Why save Snobs Creek and the Rubicon Forest?

waterfall.jpgDr. Lea Jellinek: ‘Why we need to Save the Rubicon Forest?’ at the Kathleen Syme Library, 251 Faraday St, Carlton for 7 - 9:30pm, Wed 14 April 2021.

You are invited to come with Lea on a journey into our precious forest on Dry Creek Hill, above Snobs Creek Waterfall. 

This area, just above the spectacular Snobs Creek Waterfall, has one of the most pristine and intact forests in Murrindindi Shire. Local campaigners want to see them removed from logging schedules and declared an extension of the existing "Snobs Creek Wildlife Reserve”. 

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Friends of the Earth: Yallourn coal closure “too little too late" on climate

Today, EnergyAustralia, the owner of the coal-burning Yallourn power plant in Victoria, announced that the facility will close in mid 2028.

Friends of the Earth say the proposed 2028 closure date for Australia's most polluting power plant is "too little too late" on climate:  

"The best available science tells us that countries such Australia must reach zero emissions as soon as possible," said Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth’s campaigns coordinator.

"In the context of the climate emergency, EnergyAustralia's proposed 2028 closure date is too little too late."

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GET ON TRACK: PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES DEMAND AN END TO DISCRIMINATORY PUBLIC TRANSPORT

People block a tram in Melbourne's CBDThe disability and public transport community this morning linked arms to demand action on more accessible trams.

At 12 noon on Thursday 4 March the coalition of campaigners took to the streets from the State Library to call out for a public transport system that works for everyone.

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Community Win: Victoria’s Fracking Ban Enshrined in Constitution

Community_Win.pngTestament to the strength of the community campaign to protect Victoria from fracking and unconventional gas, today the Andrews government’s bill to enshrine existing legislated bans on fracking and coal seam gas drilling into Victoria’s Constitution passed the upper house.

Friends of the Earth campaigned from 2011 until 2016 to help win the ban on fracking and unconventional gas drilling.

Friends of the Earth is delighted to see the ban enshrined in the state’s constitution and says the outcome is an acknowledgment of the powerful community campaign against gas:

“This was a campaign that was driven – and won – by regional communities. It is a reminder that strategic and determined community campaigning gets results,” said Cam Walker. 

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Getting on board for accessible transport

No doubt you've noticed our streets return to the congestion we know all too well, affecting our health and the health of our planet. Polluting cars now fill the streets, that only months ago were occupied by children riding, joggers running and people walking. Without significant investment in accessible public and active transport, we're likely to see this trend continue.

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Report Launch, Gippsland: Uni of Melb modelling shows Vic govt can deliver science-based climate targets

Friends of the Earth have launched a new report on the job-creation potential of Victorian climate policies at the Gippsland office of Australia's first proposed offshore wind farm, the Star of the South.  

The new report contains University of Melbourne modelling that shows the Victorian government could help create over 50,000 jobs by setting science-based Emissions Reduction Targets.

The report, which outlines a strategy to achieve an emissions cut of 75 percent over the next decade, comes as the Andrews government makes its final decision on state Emissions Reduction Targets for 2025 and '30.

"Premier Dan Andrews will soon make a decision on Victoria's Emissions Reduction Targets. This decision is not just about climate. It's about jobs," said Leigh Ewbank of Friends of the Earth. 

Dr. Dylan McConnell of the University of Melbourne, lead researcher of the modelling, noted Victoria's improved emissions reduction performance:

"Victoria's emissions have fallen 35 percent since 2011 and with the right policy settings that trajectory can continue," said Dr. McConnell. 

"We weren't sure that Victoria could deliver reductions consistent with Paris Agreement commitments, but after this modelling exercise we're now confident the Andrews government can deliver science-based Emissions Reduction Targets." 
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Report Launch, Portland: Vic govt can lock in jobs with ambitious climate targets & strong local content measures

Friends of the Earth has launched a new report on the job-creation potential of Victorian climate policies at Australia's largest wind turbine tower maker, Keppel Prince in Portland.  

The new report contains University of Melbourne modelling that shows the Victorian government could help create over 50,000 jobs by setting science-based Emissions Reduction Targets.

The report, which outlines a strategy to achieve an emissions cut of 75 percent over the next decade, comes as the Andrews government makes its final decision on state Emissions Reduction Targets for 2025 and '30.

"Premier Dan Andrews will soon make a decision on Victoria's Emissions Reduction Targets. This decision is not just about climate. It's about jobs," said Leigh Ewbank of Friends of the Earth. 

Keppel Prince Executive Director, Steve Garner, noted Friends of the Earth's long-standing support for Portland's wind workers at a press conference this morning: 

"The relationship between Friends of the Earth and Keppel Prince has always been about climate and jobs," said Garner, "and we look forward to that relationship strengthening even further into the future."

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