Victoria's Energy Future + Renewables Champion Award

Fighting fossil fuels and saying yes to renewables. This is the forum FoE will be hosting at the Sustainable Living Festival, being held in Federation Square over the weekend of 14 - 16 February.

Victoria has come to a fork in the road: Will our energy system remain hitched to polluting fossil fuels or will we shift to clean renewable energy sources?

Sunday, 16 February

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A warning from Wyoming

John Fenton is a charismatic farmer from Pavillion Wyoming who has been living with pollution of ground water and air pollution, land use and other effects of the gas industry. John featured in the Gasland film.

He will be visiting Victoria in early March, with two public events, in Melbourne (March 6) and Gippsland (March 7).

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The Way the Wind Blows

To start off an exciting 2014, FoE's Yes 2 Renewables campaign welcomes you to join us for the movie screening of “The Way the Wind Blows” at Longplay, Fitzroy North on the 4th of February at 6:30pm.

There will also be a Q&A session after the movie with Director Neil Barrett.

Wind farm laws in Victoria are some of the most restrictive laws which discourage the construction of wind farms. Yes 2 Renewables has helped raise awareness about the benefits of wind energy. In 2014, we will put anti-wind farm laws on the election agenda and continue to hold anti-wind farm campaigners to account.

This acclaimed movie has given an honest picture of wind farms and its surroundings. It focuses on the town of Waubra where it was claimed that the local wind farm has caused many health problems to the locals living there. This issue was brought to national attention when ABC’s Four Corners and other current affairs programs featured the story. Independent filmmaker Neil Barrett thus travelled to Waubra and interviewed locals over a period of a year to find out what was really going on, only to find a different story.

Engaging and eye-opening, this is one documentary to watch to understand what the locals really think about wind farms in their area. RSVP below – and we’ll see you there!

The name of the film is The Way the Wind Blows.
Time: 6.30pm (50 minutes duration + Q&A session)
Location: Longplay, 318 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North VIC 3068.

You can rsvp to this free event here.

 

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Native wildlife - doing it tough in the heatwave

Native wildlife are doing it tough in the hot weather – but a few minutes of your time can make a little difference, no matter where you live, simply by putting out fresh drinking water, says Monique Decortis, Wildlife Rehabilitator and Educator on Wildlife issues.

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the community campaign against new coal and gas

The community campaign against new coal and gas is already in full swing for 2014.

There are a number of community declarations coming up soon, with Mirboo North and Boolarra holding their community celebrations shortly.

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Phillip Islanders Exposed to Possible Carcinogenic Compounds in Drinking Water

Environmental organisation Friends of the Earth has today released a report highlighting the presence of disinfection byproducts in drinking water on Phillip Island and surrounds.

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Safe sunscreen update

We continue to receive calls and emails about our safe sunscreen guide. Sadly, we have not issued one for this summer because we still haven't found a non-nano sunscreen that we can recommend to the public.

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