Climate Justice

The Friends of the Earth Climate Justice Campaign works to bring about necessary changes in lifestyle, society, industry and policy to halt dangerous climate change.

Working with community groups to tackle climate change, campaigning for a moratorium on all new coal power stations and stopping the proposed HRL coal fired power station in the Latrobe Valley, Friends of the Earth promotes a just transition to job rich renewable energy solutions.

Getting involved

We have a monthly email newsletter. Email with 'subscribe renewables newsletter' in the subject line to go on this list.

We are part of the FoE Australia Climate Justice Campaign, and FoE Australia is a member of the  FoE International climate justice and energy program,

Below are details on some of our current local campaign work

Quit Coal.

Quit Coal is a Melbourne-based collective which campaigns against expansion of the coal industry in Victoria. It affiliated with FoE in 2011.
You can find details here.

Quit Coal meets at FoE on wednesdays at 5.45pm.

Yes 2 renewables

Check here for our pro-wind farm 'yes 2 renewables' website.

The Y2R campaign team meets fortnightly on a tuesday. Email Leigh: for details on the next one.

Coal seam gas operations in Victoria?

Check here for details on our work to oppose the development of a CSG industry here in Victoria.

We are opposing all new on-shore fossil fuel projects, including CSG, Shale Gas and Tight Gas.





Details on older campaigns and projects:


HRL's coal/gas power station

HRL has re-submitted its application for environmental approval for its proposed power station, which would use new gasification technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from burning coal.

We are currently supporting the Stop HRL community campaign against this power station. Check or contact Shaun 0402 337 077 for more details.

Our response to the partial approval of the HRL power station (May 2011) available here.

You can find our action alert here.

You can find background information on this project here.

A coal mining bonanza for Victoria?

Check here for details on the possible expansion of the coal industry in Victoria.

Anglesea coal mine expansion

Check here for details on our work around the proposed expansion of the coal mine at Anglesea.

Victorian Climate Action Convergence: Saturday February 11th 2012

You're invited to join with Victorian climate action, fossil fuel and
energy campaigners for a day of ideas and planning for Victoria's
climate campaigns of 2012!

Join us from 9am-5pm on Saturday February 11th at South Melbourne Commons:

More details here.

CSG roadshow

Western Victoria. 2011. Full details here.

Hazelwood and climate policy in Victoria

For details on our work around the Victorian state election (including our response to government climate initiatives and our current work around around Hazelwood) check here.

Check here for details on the 'Switch off Hazelwood' rally planned for October 10, 2010.


Climate Change Bill

Check here for details on our work around the Bill. This Bill came into effect in 2010.

A coal export industry for Victoria?

Check our response here.

[above: McCraes Beach, Port Phillip Bay]


Sea level rise walk, November 2009

Check here for details on this walk.

The Victorian Government's Climate Change Green Paper

Check here for our submission. September 2009.

Hazelwood - time for action!

Sunday September 13, 2009

Check here for images and reports from the very succssful day of action.

Switch off Hazelwood. Switch off Coal is a day of fun, creative, inspiring direct community action at one of the main causes of climate change - coal burning power stations – specifically Hazelwood coal power station.

Hazelwood coal power station is one of the dirtiest coal stations in the industrialised world, spewing an average of 17 million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere every year was scheduled to be shut down in 2005 it was given a life-line by the ALP state government to keep operation until 2031. We need to remove that lifeline and extend it to climate protection and renewable energy.

This polluter of the past has to be switched off to allow us to switch on renewable energy for the future.

We are all affected by climate change and it is time for us to remove the social licence for polluting dinosaur like Hazelwood to go on causing climate change.

Join us for a peaceful day of community protest and mass civil disobedience. Be creative, be inspired and be there!

This is a community organised event, as such we need as many people from the community as possible to help make this event a success and as diverse as possible.

Come along to a training session, get involved with organising the event (paint a banner, bring your friends, help raise awareness), but most importantly come along on the day for the first mass civil disobedience at the Hazelwood coal power station on Sunday September 13, 2009.

Full details here.

Time for Plan B

In June, Friends of the Earth joined other leading national and state environment groups to come together to make it clear we do not support the Federal Government's Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) in its current form.

We're believe that the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are already above safe levels, and the CPRS will not effectively reduce carbon pollution.

We've put together a Plan B of measures that could be enacted in the next two years and would set Australian up to meet the vital target of halving our greenhouse pollution over the coming decade. It would also generate many thousands of new green jobs.

The environment groups involved include FoE, The Wilderness Society, Greenpeace and the state conservation councils. We have a combined membership of more than 400,000 Australians. We launched the alliance at Parliament House in Canberra and called on the Rudd Government to abandon the fundamentally flawed CPRS and commit Australia to this new approach to tackle climate change.

The report can be found here.

Let's kick the coal habit.

In August 2008, Friends of the Earth, with the support of Avant Card,  released a new post card and campaign for Australia to kick the coal habit.

The postcards were distributed nationally via  Avant Card display racks in cafes, cinemas, universities and theatres.

The Labor government claims it wants to do something about climate change – yet continues to fund and support new coal fired power stations across Australia. To stop global warming we need kick the coal habit and have a moratorium on new coal power stations in Australia. In Victoria’s Latrobe Valley the proposed HRL coal power station has recieved $150 million in taxpayers money through state and federal government grants.

HRL will, if allowed to go ahead, emit more than 2.5 million tonnes of CO2 a year, yet is being promoted as so-called 'clean coal' by the government.

Join Friends of the Earth in stopping the proposed HRL coal-fired power station and help bring about a moratorium on new coal stations that will pave the way for a just transition to a renewable energy future.

We believe that Victoria can play it's part in reducing greenhouse emissions by leading the way to a low carbon future. A starting point would be to commit to meet all our energy needs from renewable sources by 2020. We will be launching our campaign in support of this target in early 2009.

For details on this campaign, please contact Lou Morris: louise.morris [at]

or check here.

Check here for our response to the announcement on a carbon capture project and a coal to liquids plant in the Latrobe Valley (July 2009).

a transition plan for the Surf Coast

For several months, FoE climate campaigners have been working with local residents and groups to build a campaign around the Alcoa coal mine just near Anglesea. Alcoa's 160 megawatt power station and brown coal mine in Anglesea provides 40% of the energy to the Point Henry aluminium plant near Geelong. Alcoa's current agreement with State Government contained in the Mines (Aluminium Agreement) Act 1961 expires in 2011.

A range of environment, climate and local community groups have joined forces in a campaign to replace Alcoa's Anglesea power station with renewable energy.

We launched the campaign on World Environment Day in June at the Victorian State Parliament, where we  called on the Brumby government to not renew aluminium the lease, and instead work with the company to invest in renewable energy.

The Climate Change Green Paper released in June acknowledges the depth of the problems facing Victoria, but had no concrete action attached to it. It is not enough for the State Government to just talk about climate change - there must be a strategy to close existing coal-fired power stations. They should start with Anglesea.

Alcoa has promoted itself as a sustainable company and invested in new renewable energy around the world. It is time they did so in Australia.

By shifting to renewable energy Alcoa could maintain a large part of 50 to100 strong workforce currently employed at the mine and power station.

Supporters of the campaign include: Friends of the Earth, Surf Coast Environment Group, Environment Victoria, Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Victorian Climate Action Centre, Western Region Environment Centre,  Yarra Climate Action Now and Moreland Climate Action Group.

lets get our housing regulations right - more jobs, less greenhouse

A straight forward way to drive the creation of green jobs, and in particular new jobs in manufacturing in Victoria, is to make sure our houses are built to a higher energy standard.

At present, new houses built in the state – roughly 40,000 a year - must meet a 5 star energy requirement. In addition to achieving this rating for the building itself, 5 Star also requires either a water tank that must supply water to toilets, or a solar hot water system. This system was  implemented in 2004. Given that the average energy efficiency rating of houses in Victoria was only 2.2 stars before the new system was introduced, this was a great step forward by the state government at the time.

At the most recent the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting, held in late April, the states signed up to uniform 6 star energy ratings for new homes. This is a great start in positioning our housing industry as being closer to best practise, but still far short of what is technically possible and economically  viable.

There is a huge potential to go further – to 7 or 8 star ratings or beyond. In 2006 the UK the government announced that by 2016 all new homes will be zero energy buildings – that is, they will have zero net energy consumption and zero carbon emissions annually. In Victoria, if we went to 8 star ratings or above we would drive not only new jobs in construction but also in manufacturing, as past the 8 star level there is greater use of pre fabricated units, like double glazed window units and so on. This would present major opportunities for our manufacturing sector.

The state government is currently considering whether to increase the energy rating requirement beyond 6 stars. Please email key members of the Victorian government, urging them to adopt 8 star or higher energy ratings. There is a form letter available at:

For details on this campaign, please contact Cam Walker: cam.walker [at]

National Climate Emergency Rally, June 2009

With only six months until the cruical climate change talks in Copenhagen, and a vote imminent for the CPRS, large numbers of people  joined the rallies around Australia to demand serious action by our political leaders on June 13. FoE was one of the key organisers of the Melbourne event, where several thousand people came out to hear speakers like Bob Brown, David Spratt, our own Damien Lawson, and the very impressive 11 year old India Jilly.

[above: the WED rally, Melbourne, June 2009]

Climate Code Red: The case for a sustainability emergency

This new book, prepared by Carbon Equity and the Greenleap Strategic Institute, argues for the need to declare a climate emergency.

Climate code red: the case for a sustainability emergency published by FoE, finds that serious climate-change impacts are already happening, both more quickly and at lower global temperature rises than previously projected. Download a copy of this must-read report to learn more about the latest science on climate change and more importantly what we can do to halt dangerous climate change here.

Climate movement convergence

In February 2008, we hosted Victoria's first movement-wide convergence of climate action groups, in conjunction with the Sustainable Living Foundation and a number of other groups.

Climate action centre

As part of our committment to working with the grassroots climate movement, we worked with Carbon Equity to establish a climate action centre, which is based at Trades Hall in Carlton. The centre is an open access resource hub for community climate action groups and climate activists in Victoria.

More details can be found here.

Solutions to climate change festival

We have organised this festival twice. We currently do not have a volunteer co-ordinator to organise one this year.

You can find links to previous year's events here.

Demand real action. Demand climate justice.

At the climate change summit in Copenhagen in December, world leaders
will make decisions affecting the future of our planet. They will have
an historic opportunity to commit to actions that help to protect us
from the disastrous consequences of dangerous climate change.

Please sign Friends of the Earth International's petition to urge them
to do the right thing by our climate and people all over the world.

The petition is available here.

The federal government's 5% emissions reductions by 2020 is pathetic! Here's how we responded.

The science is in ...

The science of climate change is unequivical, and the Melbourne Climate
Justice Collective recognises that we are currently in a climate
emergency. Click here for more information on climate change science.

As one of the world's highest per capita emittors, Australia has a moral
obligation to rapidly reduce our emissions and transition to a
post-carbon society. We also have a high historic carbon debt, and as a
wealthy country, we have the capacity to adapt.

This globally just transition, also needs to hapen in a socially just way, with government support for low-income households.

Together with other grassroots climate action groups, we are calling for:

  • 100% renewable energy by 2020
  • peak emissions by 2010
  • reduction of atmospheric CO2 to 300 parts per million
  • reduction of Australia's emissions by at least 50% of 1990 levels by 2020

We also call on our government to acknowledge climate refugees as a new refugee class, with an additional quota to other humanitarian intakes.

Together with trade unions, we have also established a working group on climate change to advocate for green collar jobs.

The Climate Justice Collective welcomes new members - click here for meeting dates.