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Friends of the Earth (FoE) welcome the Victorian Greens’ proposal to shut down Victoria’s remaining coal fired power stations by the end of the decade.Read more
The Andrews government has received support from the Liberal and National parties to enact changes to the Sustainable Forests (Timber) Act 2004 which could see peaceful protesters fined up to $21,000, or face 12 months in jail.
The Sustainable Forests Timber Amendment (Timber Harvesting Safety Zones) Bill 2022 passed the Victorian Upper House yesterday.
From the Errinundra Plateau to the Otways and the Cobboboonee forest in western Victoria, peaceful protests have been used for decades to protect important areas of forest and biodiversity. After catastrophic bushfires and an escalating climate and biodiversity crisis, the right to protest has never been more important.Read more
MEDIA RELEASE: Andrews govt historic offshore wind announcement a game changer for Victoria’s energy transition
MEDIA RELEASE - 4 March 2022
Environment group Friends of the Earth welcomes the Victorian government’s announcement of a target to build 9 Gigawatts of offshore wind by 2040.
The announcement is a game changer for state-led efforts to create jobs while tackling climate change.
“The Andrews government’s announcement positions Victoria as a national leader in offshore wind – a critical sector for the state’s energy transition.” said Pat Simons, Friends of the Earth’s renewable energy spokesperson.Read more
With a strong gold price, applications for mining exploration continue to spread across regional Victoria. In Central Victoria, the North East and Gippsland, a growing number of local groups are forming to oppose this new wave of exploration.
Common concerns include impacts on local agriculture, tourism and other economic activity, noise and industrialisation of landscapes, loss of amenity, forest and biodiversity, impacts on property values, and fears of water and air pollution. Groups are concerned about the impacts of mining on both public and private land.Read more
MEDIA RELEASE: 3 December 2021
Friends of the Earth response to the Australian Labor Party’s climate policy package
The Australian Labor Party has released its long-awaited policy to tackle the climate crisis as the Parliamentary sitting year ends.
The comprehensive package–which includes measures to accelerate the rollout of renewables and uptake of electric vehicles, among other technologies–states the Albanese opposition’s commitment to cut emissions by 43 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.
Friends of the Earth says whoever forms government after the 2022 election must grapple with the urgent need to align national climate targets with the best available science.
MEDIA RELEASE: 27 Oct 2021
Australia a step closer on offshore wind after lower house vote
Australia’s first offshore wind bill has today passed in the House of Representatives, a critical step forward in establishing a jobs-rich offshore wind industry in Australia.
The bill is a win for the hundreds of community members, unions and environment groups who have called for the federal government to end the delays to offshore wind.
Voting on the bill comes just days after the Morrison government finally announced a commitment to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, a move widely criticised for failing to meet expectations ahead of COP26 in Glasgow.Read more
MEDIA RELEASE: Morrison govt fails ‘COP26 litmus test’ by refusing to increase Australia’s 2030 climate target
MEDIA RELEASE: 26 October 2021
Morrison govt fails ‘COP26 litmus test’ by refusing to increase Australia’s 2030 climate target
The Morrison government has announced its commitment to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 just days before the critically important COP26 climate summit, where countries are expected to update their 2030 targets.
Friends of the Earth has welcomed the NSW government's commitment to halve the state's emissions this decade.
The Berejiklian government’s increased ambition on climate brings it inline with the United States and United Kingdom ahead of the critically important COP26 summit.