Yarra Change Makers Program

Are you interested in Community resilience? Then the Change Makers Program is a fantastic new initiative just for YOU. Coordinated by Friends of the Earth and funded by the Yarra City Council, the Change Makers Program aims to engage and empower participants to build a more resilient community in the face of climate change. You will learn from incredible speakers from Climate Works Australia, Australia Conservation Foundation and Friends of the Earth. They will guide you through simple practical solutions to reduce the effects of climate change, how to start your own projects,  the latest climate science, and examples of what other climate leaders have achieved throughout Australia. Click here for the info pack.This course will be a great opportunity to build your skills and make connections with likeminded people.  It is a two day course and will be run on the last two Saturdays of this month in Collingwood.  All the course fees have been fully covered by the Yarra City Council, so jump on board fast and grab your complimentary ticket!!! There are only 15 spaces available. RSVP to kate.bradley@foe.org.au or Ph.0421810556

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Shocking footage shows koalas caught in logging

Friends of the Earth has been alarmed by new footage showing that koalas are still be impacted on by plantation logging in South West Victoria. 

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Call for water justice as Darling dries up

Indigenous leaders have presented an urgent demand for a more meaningful role in water management as the Darling River looks likely to cease flowing for the third time in 12 years. Meanwhile, an independent review of the Commonwealth Water Act has highlighted the importance of 'effective implementation' of requirements for Indigenous engagement in water management. 

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Roundup: miracle weedkiller or cause of disease?

veg_3-58.jpgDirect from the USA - Dr Don Huber, Plant Pathologist, Purdue University, Indiana

Dr Huber is an award-winning, world-renowned scientist. His opposition to genetically manipulated (GM) crops and glyphosate-based Roundup weedkiller results from 35 years of acclaimed research. He will explain how Roundup causes disease, reduces nutrient density in food, leaves residues that kill beneficial soil and gut bacteria and degrades the soil. GM crop safety has not been established.

Roundup is sprayed in home gardens and, by local authorities and contractors, on playgrounds, roadsides, parks, schools and childcare centres to manage weeds. Herbicide tolerant GM crops are drenched with Roundup– the weeds die, the plants survive. We eat the food made from these contaminated GM crops. Conventional farmers also use Roundup extensively. There are many safe alternatives to this toxic chemical.

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Opening Hours over summer 2014/15

sustainable_food.jpgCheck here for our opening hours over

Christmas and New Years.

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Forestry Council Chair must reject national park logging

Friends of the Earth has urged Federal Forest Industry Advisory Council Chair Rob de Fegely to reject calls for logging in national parks, as he tours red gum forests in the NSW Riverina this week.

 

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Save the National Water Commission

The National Water Commission is an independent body that provides frank and well-informed advice to Australian governments about the progress of national water reform. So why does the Abbott Government want to get rid of it?

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