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Friends of the Earth Melb news July 2023

Welcome to July enews our state-wide monthly update. Massive thanks for your donations, join Climate impacts road trips, see green films, get into Sustainable Cities week of transport equity action, no new gas news, nuke free updates, protect forests and stewardship roadmap, plus more!

Climate impact road trips 2023 sign up

Climate impacts road trips activists

The Act on Climate collective at FoE is departing on a listening tour this July, visiting climate impacted communities along the Vic coast. We'll be connecting with communities on the frontline of erosion and sea level rise to understand the climate impacts which are already being experiencedRead more & sign up.

Film fundraiser for the climate frontlines ‘The Bentley Effect’ at FoE Melbourne - Sat 15 July 6:00pm - 8:30pm RSVP.

Join regional film screenings of Power On, telling the story of energy transformation in Gippsland, see it at Portland RSVP, and Warnambool RSVP.

Read Act on Climate June news.

Sustainable Cities Transport Equity week 18-24 Sept

Transport activists

FoE Melbourne's Sustainable Cities collective are coordinating a national week of action for transport equity from 18-24 September this year.  Public transport, including walking and cycling, provides access for many in our communities to jobs, education, healthcare and to one another. It is essential infrastructure in urban environments, and crucial for mitigating climate change, and enhancing social and economic equity.  Our current transport systems favours cars over communities, and exacerbates social, economic and environmental inequity. Everyone deserves to be able to move safely around our communities, no matter who they are or where they live.  Those who are the most impacted by transport disadvantage should have the most say in how we redesign things. Transport Equity week is a dedicated week of action for groups across Australia who are facing the impacts of our broken transport system to demonstrate the changes that they want to see as we move toward a more sustainable and equitable transport future.   

Solidarity callout - Sweltering Cities
Sweltering Cities is making a submission to the Victorian Government’s rental crisis inquiry. We are advocating to ensure that safe, healthy and cool homes become a reality for Victorian renters.  Add your voice here

No More Gas updates

Catch up on No More Gas June news here, take the pledge to Get off Gas here, read our media release opposing the coal to hydrogen project here, then petition Vic Parliament.

Protect forests: email Vic Minister for Environment

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Send an email to the environment minister today, identifying current and future risks to forests and call for strong action, protections, adequate ecological restoration and First Nations justice.  With the government’s recent announcement to end native forest logging by Jan 1 2024, right now is an incredible moment in history. We have the opportunity to transition to ecological forest stewardship with 1.8 million hectares of public land changing tenure.  Read more & send email.

FoE roadmap to ecological forest stewardship and regenerative regional economies

Roadmap to eco forest stewardship coverFollowing on from the wonderful news that clearfell logging will end Jan 1 2024 in Victoria, right now is a critical time for considering future forest management and supporting First Nations communities in their aspirations for self determination.  Read more.

Gunaikurnai to jointly manage eastern Victorian national parks

Gunaikurnai mountains-river

From early July 2023, the Avon Wilderness Park, Baw Baw National Park, Nooramunga Marine and Coastal Park and the Alpine National Park on Gunaikurnai Country will now be jointly managed by Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) and Parks Victoria.  We continue the long and hard fought path toward self-determination, realising the goals of the Gunaikurnai Whole Of Country Plan, read more.  The ecosystems of the high country have been fragmented through decades of overlogging. Hopefully now we can start the process of managing the landscape more holistically.  For a full reaction, please check here.  

Nuke free art auction success, thank you!

Nuke free auction artworks

The Nuclear Free Collective's Art Auction was a wonderful event, where our local community came together for the first time in four years, and we had several generations of FOE Nuclear Free campaigners in the room, which was really special.  There were amazing art works, fantastic music and delicious food made by Food Not Bombs.  We raised around $20,000 which means we can continue the fight against radioactive racism and nuclear colonialism for another year. We want to thank all the artists and supporters who generously donated art works, the musicians that shared their wonderful music with us, the auctioneer and volunteers that helped on the day and everyone that came along and bought art, drinks and had a good time. We are keen to organise more events where our broader community can come together and make great things happen.  Join us.

Barngarla Traditional Owners in Kimba continue to oppose the nuclear waste dump

Barngarla no waste banner

Update from Barngarla Traditional Owners: We continue to oppose the nuclear waste dump and highlight to the Government that it is hypocritical to be advocating for a Voice to Parliament when they are ignoring ours.  We have some news regarding the court; the judgement regarding the Kimba case will be delivered on July 18, 2023 at 10.30am at the Commonwealth Law Courts Building in Adelaide.  Read more.


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