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Friends of the Earth news Sept 2022

In this Spring into action edition, attend forest community meetings and read Kranky koala’s lament.  Join a Climate Impacts at Work report event, support a just clean energy jobs transition, zoom into our members AGM, and Bring the Noise for climate actions, plus more!

FoE Melb Bring the noise climate actions

Are you ready to Bring the Noise for climate action?

On November 5th, we need you to Bring The Noise for a day of decentralised actions across Melbourne CBD calling for action on climate.  Get out on the streets to compete in teams and complete as many 'actions' as possible on one day, while fundraising for Friends of the Earth, raising your voices for the solutions we need, and calling out the climate criminals!  Sign up today!

Getting involved is easy: Set your goal. Choose your targets. Get sponsored. Plan your actions!  You can join one of the FoE Melbourne Collective teams hereor start your own!

Zoom into our FoE Melbourne members AGM 2022 RSVP here.

Climate impacts at Work report launch event Tues 13 Sept @ 4pm

Over the past year, RMIT University’s Climate Resilience Living Lab collaborated with Friends of the Earth and six Victorian unions to survey workers from a wide range of industries and jobs, from hospitality workers and train drivers, to office workers and managers.  Join us for the launch of the report to hear about results of the survey and recommendations of the report.  
Info & tix to the event here.

Vic Forest Alliance State Election Action Meeting 13 Sept @ 6.30pm, Northcote

Take action for forests and climate in the lead up to the November state election!  Info & RSVP here.

Friends of the Earth Melbourne’s Forests Collective is helping to organise a community forum in Murrindindi Shire, one of the regional communities affected by the end of native forest logging. On 15 October, 2pm-5pm at Alexandra Town Hall, local people will gather to promote positive solutions that will build climate resilience in their community. This event will be held on unceded Taungurung Country. We acknowledge the rightful sovereign custodians, the Taungurung people, and pay respect to Elders past and present.   RSVP email to [email protected]

Healthy Futures clean energy for health open letter action 21* Sept @ Vic Parliament *NB: change of date

Healthy Futures is organising an action at Vic Parliament on the last sitting day, Wed 21 Sept 12.30pm-2pm.  We're calling for a bipartisan commitment from the Victorian Government and Opposition to support a policy of 100% renewable energy for Victoria by 2030.  Signed by over 150 health workers so far, and many health bodies, the letter urges the Victorian Government and Opposition to commit to 100% renewable energy this decade to protect the health of communities across our state.
More info & RSVP here.

Gippsland Strzelecki Koala Festival!

Get along to Friends of Alberton West Forest Koala Festival 16 October from 10.30am, Old Gippstown, Moe for wildlife show, music, speakers, kids entertainment, market stalls & food vans.

Celebrating 50 years of Friends of the Earth International: From resistance to transformation

Read Part 1: How did we get here? 

Read Part 2: How we make change

Listen to the whole show in English 

Tell the Labor government Australia needs a just energy transition here 

There’s a job going at FoE for an Offshore gas levy campaigner,
full details here.  

Clean energy jobs analysis

Victoria’s remaining ageing and polluting coal-fired power stations will shut down up to 15 years earlier than previously predicted, according to a new report from Energy and Resource Insights (ERI) commissioned by Queensland Conservation Council, Environment Victoria and Friends of the Earth.  Read more.

Media release: gas seismic blasting

International oilfield services company Schlumberger are teaming up with TGS, providers of energy data, to propose 3D seismic blasting over a 7.7 million hectare area in the Southern Ocean. If approved, this will be the largest seismic exploration project ever undertaken.  Read more.

Stop seismic blasting

Will you email State and Federal environment and Resources Ministers to ask them to refuse this seismic blasting project a licence to proceed?  Email here.

Kranky koala’s lament

Kranky koala at a rally

My name is KRANKY the koala, and I’m sure you can imagine why… Today I've roamed over from the Strzelecki Ranges because like you all, I’m here like you, because we are cranky, frustrated and dis-heartened by the state of our environment and our threatened species. We are here, because we areENDANGER-TOWNand it ain’t no joke.  Read more.

Threatened species day rally report

Community groups rallied on the streets of Naarm (Melbourne) in a colourful array of banners and costumes to commemorate National Threatened Species Day 2022.  Read more.

Protect Lt Dargo River

The fires of 2019/20 burnt huge areas of north eastern Victoria. The remaining unburnt forests are more important than ever. One of these areas lies in the headwaters of the Little Dargo River, just south of Mt Hotham. It is a pristine area, without roads, and containing mature forest, much of it dominated by Alpine Ash. It is an area of state forest that lies right next to the Alpine National Park.  Read more & action.

Vic Alps & climate change talk report

If you’re paying attention to what is happening in the mountains, it can be depressing. Some of the obvious impacts of climate change include more intense fires and longer fire seasons, which are leading to loss of snow gum woodlands and alpine ash, and dieback in the snow gums, which is caused by a native beetle.  In order to address some of these issues, Friends of the Earth and Upper Ovens Valley Landcare Group teamed up to host a forum called ‘Climate change and the Victorian Alps - preparing for the fires of the future’, which was held as part of the speakers program for the 2022 Victorian backcountry festival at Mt Hotham on September 2.  Read more.

SKAT koala habitat update

Friends of the Earth expressed concerns about illegal and unregulated Motocross activities occurring in the Mullungdung Flora and Fauna Reserve, located ~20km north east of Yarram. Friends of the Earth researcher Anthony Amis has been visiting Mullungdung for some time, surveying the 13,000ha forest for koalas. Motorbike tracks criss-cross many areas of the state forest causing untold damage, however it a major concern to find off-road bikers deliberately targeting the supposedly protected flora and fauna reserve.  Read more.

Media release: Climate Council transport poll 2022

A poll of over 2000 Australians reveals that communities want clean, electric buses, and improved active and public transport. 
Read more.

Email to dump the nuke dump

Urge the Labor decision makers to Dump the Dump and abandon the nuclear waste dump plans before this gets any more ugly. 
Read more & email.

Nuke-free August news

In our August Nuclear Free News update you can read about the Non Proliferation Treaty Conference happening in New York, the hollow promise of small nuclear reactors, threats of a new arms race and how Labor should handle the nuclear waste plans in SA.  Read more.


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