Ride Planet Earth: Melbourne

On August 10th, 2008, Kim Nguyen got on his push bike and began riding north from Brisbane with the aim of reaching Copenhagen by December, 2009, in order to spread awareness of climate change around the world. Melbournians will have the opportunity to show their support for the Ride Planet Earth project by attending “Ride Melbourne,” on Sunday December 6th.

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One year out from the state election, green groups put parties on notice

*Embargoed until Friday 27 November, 2009*

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A healthy environment and a safe future for all Victorians must be the top priority for all parties contesting the 2010 State Election, Victoria’s leading environment groups said today.

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Brumby Government needs to revise sea level estimate

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Friends of the Earth
Monday 16 November, 2009

Friends of the Earth has welcomed the release today of new CSIRO reports on sea level rise in Victoria, but say the data means government and planning guidelines on sea-level rise need revision.

 

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A big day out in the Frankston - Langwarrin habitat corridor

On Sunday 29th of November community and conservation groups from all over the the Mornington Peninsula will gather in the Frankston-Langwarrin habitat corridor to explore and learn about the bush and discuss how best to protect the Peninsula's flora and fauna.

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'Island's Rising' benefit - Esplanade hotel, November 19

Benefit for the communities of the Carteret Islands in PNG, being forced from their homes through rising sea levels.

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Biosequestration Research Internship

We are looking for a skilled researcher to examine the threats and opportunities posed by the development of biosequestration initiatives for the environment, traditional owners and the local non-Indigenous communities in the Murray-Darling Basin. Applications due 1st February 2010.

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This week, support Indigenous water rights

This week, you can help Indigenous people in Victoria campaign for a fair share of water resources!
 
Last December the Victorian government released the Water Bill Exposure draft, outlining a new water act for the state. This was an important opportunity to update Victoria's legislation to include greater recognition of Indigenous water rights. 
 
As Traditional Owners and long-term custodians of natural ecosystems, Indigenous people have a right and a responsibility to use water resources in their Country. The Victorian Government has a responsibility to improve Indigenous participation in water planning and provide access to water resources.
 
However, the new Act does virtually nothing to recognise Indigenous water rights. The Victorian Government has neglected its responsibility and missed a crucial opportunity to support sustainable futures for Indigenous people.
 
Submissions on the Water Bill Exposure draft close this Friday, 14 February. We need as many people as possible to make submissions to the Expert Advisory Panel telling them they want to see better recognition of Indigenous water rights. 
 
Please take a few minutes to  write a short submission and send it to the panel. Here you can find a one page template to provide the key facts. If you have time, read on to see the fact sheet to gain a better picture of the issues.
 
Send submissions to: waterlaw.review@olv.vic.gov.au
or post to:
Water Law Review
Office of Living Victoria
PO Box 500
East Melbourne VIC 3002
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