Friends of the Earth Melbourne is a not-for-profit organisation that believes that social and environmental issues cannot be separated from each other. As a result, FoE is a social and environmental justice organisation. We seek to work toward a sustainable and equitable future, and to operate in a way that empowers individuals and communities. This means that FoE operates on a collective basis, and utilises the consensus decision-making model.
FoE campaigns from the local to global level: we are part of the FoE Australia network, which currently includes eight local groups around the country. FoE Australia is, in turn, a member of FoE International, which is now active in more than 70 countries.
Collectively, the FoE network is the largest environmental federation in the world. It has around 5,000 local branches, including those in Australia. Member groups at the national level are autonomous, leading to a great diversity within the network. FoE International is active on many of the key global environmental and social issues.
If you need an annual report prior to these dates, please email email@example.com for a copy.
Funding and fundraising
Each campaign sets its own goals and is ultimately responsible for fundraising, and reports to strategy collective. The campaign planning is co-ordinated through bi annual whole of organisation planning meetings.
Friends of the Earth Melbourne is a Charitable Institution and is registered as having Deductible Gift Recipient status, meaning it can provide tax deductible receipts for donations over $2.
Read a copy of our prospectus here.
You can donate here.
Check our annual reports (above and below) for financial reports and details on our sources of income.
In recent years we have received financial support from the following businesses.
Via the environment grants program.
FoE staff and volunteers
The office is open 10am til 6pm, Monday to Friday, and is located above the FoE Food Co-op at 312 Smith St, Collingwood.
Ph: (03) 9419 8700 (outside Melbourne): 1300 852 081
Development Coordinator: Phil Evans firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership and Fundraising Coordinator: Jemila Rushton email@example.com
Finances Coordinator: Tara Stevenson firstname.lastname@example.org
Operations Coordinator: Samantha Castro email@example.com
Campaigns Coordinator/ Media: Cam Walker - firstname.lastname@example.org 0419 338 047
Communications and Digital Coordinator: Kat Moore - email@example.com
Collectives and Campaigns:
Unconventional gas and climate: Cam Walker - firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes 2 Renewables: Pat Simons - email@example.com - 0415 789 961
Act on Climate: Leigh Ewbank - firstname.lastname@example.org - 0406 316 176
River Country: Covering inland rivers and waterways: Megan Williams - email@example.com
Mapuche Aboriginal Solidarity for Indigenous Land (MASIL): Marisol Salinas - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ace Nuclear Free Collective: Jess Lawson - email@example.com
Pesticide Free Waterways: Anthony Amis - firstname.lastname@example.org
Strzelecki Koala Action Team: Anthony Amis - email@example.com
Waste and Consumption: Anine Cummins - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sustainable Cities: Claudia Gallois - email@example.com
Co-ordinator: Beth Cameron - firstname.lastname@example.org 03 9419 8700 (ext 05)
National staff based in Melbourne:
Anti Nuclear campaigner: Jim Green - email@example.com
We are a local group of Friends of the Earth Australia, which has membership in a range of alliances and organisations. You can find details on these here.
Locally we work closely with the following people and organisations:
On campaigns and community projects, our partners include-
* Australian Conservation Foundation
* Australian Student Environment Network (ASEN)
* Beyond Zero Emissions
* City of Yarra, via the community grants program
* Climate Action Network Australia (CANA)
* Environment Victoria
* Environmental Justice Australia
* Get Up!
* Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO)
* Mt Alexander Solar Homes (MASH)
* The Boomerang Alliance
* The Sustainable Living Foundation
* The Wilderness Society
* Victorian National Parks Association
* Victorian Trades Hall Council and many individual unions.
We are a signatory to a Memorandum of Understanding with The Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations (MLDRIN).
Working with Carbon Equity, we established the Climate Action Centre in Carlton.
In 2010, FoE helped launch the Transition Decade (T10). T10is a non-partisan shared campaign which is coordinated by an alliance of groups. Groups guiding the campaign include: Friends of the Earth Australia, Beyond Zero Emissions, the Climate Emergency Network and the Sustainable Living Foundation. http://www.t10.net.au/
FoEM is an incorporated body in the state of Victoria. It is managed on a day-to-day basis by the strategy collective, which meets monthly and is composed of representatives of the campaigns.
A Committee of Management (CoM) - known as the Policy Advisory Committee or PAC - is appointed at the AGM and has oversight for long term planning, accountability and finances. All members of FoEM are welcome to stand for the CoM. The AGM is generally held in November.
The current CoM is:
Li Mei Brusey