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Petition: Eco-Friendly Periods 4 Vic Schools

In 2020, the Victorian government began providing free tampons and pads to students in all state schools. A science teacher and her students are calling on the government to provide students with the option of sustainable sanitary products.

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Strategy meeting of groups campaigning against gold mining

With a growing number of local groups across Victoria opposing plans for gold exploration and mining, Friends of the Earth is helping to organise a state-wide gathering of campaigners to discuss strategies. All active local groups are invited to attend. It will happen in November 2021.

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Chain Reaction - Spring 2021

Welcome to issue #140 of Chain Reaction! This editions theme, “Gender Justice and Dismantling the Patriarchy”, is a powerful reminder that transforming systems of oppression requires all of us to reflect, act, and dream.

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Spring Poster Newsletter - Action is the Antidote to Despair

In response to the recent ‘Code red for Humanity’ IPCC report, in this issue we share how we channel the range of emotions, from despair to rage, into affirmative actions. This issue includes stories from Friends of the Earth Melbourne campaigners, volunteers and collectives.

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ONLINE - FoE Melbourne Annual General Meeting

Like many things in 2021, this Annual General Meeting will be a little different. 

We will host the AGM via Zoom to ensure that we remain compliant with the enduring COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings. We hope that you will join us as we report back on another year of grassroots activism during an ongoing global pandemic. Our network has continued to flourish and continues to MOBILISE, RESIST and TRANSFORM despite the many challenges!

Introducing our Keynote Speaker : Sharon Ford – Original Power 

Sharon Ford is a descendant of the Wangan and Jagalingou People of Central Queensland. Through personal and professional experiences, Sharon has developed a thorough understanding of the challenges their people face in protecting community interests and establishing effective and functional self-governing communities. Sharon is an Indigenous Governance and Management Consultant with over 20 years’ experience working with Indigenous Corporations, including nearly a decade of experience in the Native Title Industry. Sharon is passionate about empowering Aboriginal people to exercise their right to make decisions that affect our families, cultures and country.

Original Power is a small community-focused organisation that aims to build the power of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through collective action. Their  mission is to build the power, skills, capacity and collective capability of their  people to genuinely self determine what happens in their communities and on their country. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Please note this is a members only event - click here to find out more about Membership at Friends of the Earth Melbourne

WHEN
November 18, 2021 at 6:00pm
WHERE
Online via zoom
Collingwood, VIC 3066
Australia
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LAUNCH: Climate Impacts at Work Survey

Tackling the climate crisis in a socially just way means putting workers’ rights at the core of solutions. 

With both outdoor and indoor workers in a diversity of sectors already on the frontlines of climate impacts in Victoria, there is work to be done to bring a broader sphere of workers into the conversation about how to respond.

Join Friends of the Earth, Victorian Trades Hall, and union members for the launch of the Climate Impacts at Work survey project.

Friends of the Earth is collaborating with several unions to kick off a major surveying effort of rank-and-file members—from hospo workers, to train drivers, to office workers. 

The survey, co-designed by Friends of the Earth, union organisers, and RMIT University social researchers, will ask union members:

  • How are they already experiencing climate change as an occupational health and safety issue in their workplaces?
  • What solutions do they want to see from governments to both lower emissions and increase resilience to the climate impacts that are locked in? 

Participating unions will have a greater understanding of the needs and experiences of their members, and be able to more strongly participate in government policy processes and shape the outcomes. 

Come along to hear about:

  • Frontline workers’ experiences of climate impacts
  • How the project will work and which unions are already participating
  • How your union can get involved
  • The climate action already happening in the union movement, driven by Trades Hall and the United Workers Union

SPEAKERS:

  • Anna Langford and Cam Walker, Friends of the Earth Melbourne
  • Sasha King, frontline nurse and Australian Nurses and Midwives Federation union member
  • Colin Long, Victorian Trades Hall
  • Godfrey Moase, United Workers Union

This event will take place on Zoom across the stolen lands of so-called Victoria. Friends of the Earth’s home base in Collingwood is situated on the land of the Wurundjeri people. Sovereignty was never ceded, and First Nations justice is core to our fight for climate justice.

WHEN
October 27, 2021 at 6:30pm
WHERE
ONLINE
Via Zoom
Melbourne, VIC 3065
Australia
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WEBINAR: Australia's Opportunity in Offshore Wind

Offshore wind is helping governments deliver deep emissions cuts, create thousands of jobs, and drive the a clean recovery in the United Kingdom and European Union.


But will Australia seize the offshore wind opportunity?... What will it take to establish the job-rich industry here in our country?


Join Friends of the Earth, The Climate Council and special guest speakers on Thursday 23 September for an online event.

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Offshore gas levy will protect oceans and communities

With the federal government continuing to push it’s ‘gas led recovery’ agenda, their support for the fossil fuel industry remains a major blockage to Australia taking meaningful action on climate change. 

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Join the Yes 2 Renewables Twitter Team

Social media is a powerful way to make a contribution to community campaigns.

Twitter is a platform where politicians, media professionals, and community members all debate the top issues of the day. And one where we can have a lot of impact. 

By joining the Yes 2 Renewables Twitter team you'll receive invites to twitter actions and tips on how to engage in public debate as it happens.

Our voices are stronger and more strategic taction together. Signup to hear more on the next steps.

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New Strzelecki Koala Survey Report Released

Latest survey results suggest that koala numbers could be up to ten times less in surveyed forests, than the best remaining koala habitat in the Strzelecki Ranges. To recap, Friends of the Earth Melbourne recently completed its latest Strzelecki koala survey report for the 2020/21. Surveys for the year concentrated in previously unsurveyed forests east of the Strzelecki's, mainly at Won Wron State Forest and Mullungdung State Forest.

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