Here's how it works:
Friends of the Earth is a membership-based grassroots group. Together, our collectively run campaigns make a huge impact on a shoestring budget. Being people-powered means we are self sustaining, independent, and do not accept money from big business or political parties.
Being membership-based also means we rely on the the power of our members to keep the lights on - literally!
Being a formal member of Friends of the Earth is a requirement if you are active in a campaign collective, or have an office bearing role like (like national liaison officer, or international liaison officer).
Which basically means, if you are organising in the space and making key decisions about campaigns, you need to be a member of FoE.
If you are not active in the organising space at Friends of the Earth, you can sign up as a member and support those who are!
Our membership structure is built into the Friends of the Earth Melbourne constitution and organising structure. It is a model that has kept us building transformative social movements for 45 years!
What you can do next:
Sign up! Membership costs are flexible, and help us keep the doors open to a vibrant community organising space.
There are few different ways your membership can contribute to the amazing work that happens in the building, and several options available to make sure being a member is always accessible to people in the FoE community.
1. Waged Contributions:
Support the whole network! You can donate monthly to Friends of the Earth (minimum $10 a month) helping us to keep the lights on, the internet working and provide vital support to all the people in our community who come in and organise in the FoE space.
Provide support to a campaign collective: You can donate monthly (minimum $10 a month) to campaign collective of your choice. This can be the collective you are involved with or show some solidarity to another collective by supporting the work they do. You can find a list of campaign collectives here.
2. Annual Concession Membership
An annual membership for low-income or unwaged people is $30 - you'll need to visit the Collingwood office to set this up, or contact Friends of the Earth's membership and fundraising coordinator Jemila.firstname.lastname@example.org.
All member's receive
- A discount on all purchases at the Friends of the Earth Food Co-op on Smith Street.
- A subscription to our national Chain Reaction magazine, sent to you three times a year.
- A printed newsletter three times a year, which doubles as a fun poster artwork made by artists from the Melbourne activist community.
- Special prices to FoE ticketed events.
Monthly donations are also tax-deductible, except for a small membership processing fee of $30 per annum, which is not tax deductible.
Want to know more about FoE's organisational structure? Book in for an induction with Phil.email@example.com.
Membership details as per the Friends of the Earth Melbourne Constitution:
All persons that hold general agreement with the aims and objectives of FOE are eligible for membership upon application and payment of the annual subscription fee.
- Any eligible person may apply for membership by filling in a FOE membership form.
- Members of FOE shall not act to contradict the Aims and Objectives and the internal policies of FOE when representing FOE.
- If the Association rejects an application, the committee must, as soon as practicable, notify the applicant in writing that the application has been rejected and refund any membership fee paid.
- A right, privilege, or obligation of a member by reason of membership of the Association—
- is not capable of being transferred or transmitted to another person and
- Terminates upon the cessation of membership whether by death or resignation or otherwise.
- The annual subscription is the relevant amount set out in Appendix 4 and is payable in advance on the 12 month anniversary of membership each year.
General Rights of Members
A member of the Association who is entitled to vote has the right—
- to receive notice of general meetings and of proposed special resolutions in the manner and time prescribed by these Rules; and
- to submit items of business for consideration at a general meeting;
- to attend and be heard at general meetings; and
- to vote at a general meeting; and
- to have access to the minutes of general meetings and other documents of the Association as provided under rule 75; and
- to inspect the register of members.
A member is entitled to vote if—
- the member is a member other than an associate member; and
- more than 10 business days have passed since he or she became a member of the Association; and
- the member's membership rights are not suspended for any reason.
Aims & Objectives of FoE Melbourne
- The conservation, restoration and rational use of the ecosphere;
- The stimulation, development and maintenance of social change towards an ecologically stable and self-managed society;
- The promotion of public awareness of environmental issues by directly or indirectly supporting public education work;
- The development of a society free from racism, sexism, ageism, economic exploitation and discrimination based on sexuality or disability, and support for the rights of women, Aborigines, ethnic groups, the young and the aged, lesbians and gays, the disabled, the working class and the unemployed.
- The provision of cheap, good quality food from sources regarded as ethical by FOE;
- The promotion and implementation of renewable energy;
- Opposition to all parts of the nuclear fuel cycle, including the mining, export, milling, processing and exploration of uranium, and the use of nuclear products for medicine, food processing or any other purpose;
- Support for and promotion of practices that result in the reduction or elimination of the generation of synthetic hazardous chemicals and hazardous wastes;
- Support for full Aboriginal rights, including recognition of Aboriginal sovereignty of Australia.
- and any other objectives consistent with the aims of FOE.
Read the full constitution here.