Friends of the Earth Members

We are a network of activists and supporters who are campaigning together for environmental and social justice.

Together, we heighten public awareness by education, creative resistance and actions as well as advocating for social and legislative change through research, policy submissions, press releases, letters, petitions, forums and more!

Members can form working groups on local issues and join campaign collectives where we use consensus decision making processes in an anti hierarchical structure to promote decentralised, community-led campaigns. 

Everyone gets a say in how the network organises together. We don’t have a CEO or bosses, it is the members of Friends of the Earth who decide how and what we campaign on. 

Membership is open to anyone who is passionate about environmental and social justice, and wishes to organise within our network structure.

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How your Membership contributions will be used:

Member contributions provide vital campaign resources for FoE Melbourne campaign collectives and sustain the ‘FoE commons’ of shared resources which include: meeting spaces and campaign offices in our home at 312 Smith Street, as well as software, databasing, and campaign tools and resourcing. 

Funds raised from member contributions are also used to employ a small team of operational staff who provide the network with administrative, financial and fundraising support. 

Having a strong network of financial members means we are self sustaining, independent, and never accept money from political parties, big banks, or extractive industries.


Membership Types:

Active Friend' Membership: Support the whole network from $10 a month, helping us to keep the lights on, the internet working and provide vital support to the Friends of the Earth community. ‘Active Friend’ member contributions can also directly support a specific campaign collective, at any member's request.

Annual Concession Membership: Membership for low-income or unwaged people is $30 a year. Please visit us upstairs at the Collingwood office to set this up, or contact us.

Free Membership: We may waive the membership cost for a period of one year when requested by an applicant. Contact us for more information.

Lifetime Membership: Nominate someone for a lifetime membership - this person should have made a significant contribution to Friends of the Earth network or the wider activist community. For more information, contact us.


All Members receive:



Additional Info:

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!

‘Active Friend’ membership contributions are 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 network structure? Book in for an induction with [email protected]