media release November 27, 2015
National environmental organisation Friends of the Earth Australia has welcomed the announcement by ALP leader Bill Shorten that the Party will support stronger action to reduce carbon pollution.
“On the basis of the current emissions reduction commitment from the federal government, Australia is sitting towards the back of the pack when it comes to the developed nations. The current commitment will be difficult to defend at the Paris climate negotiations” said Cam Walker from Friends of the Earth. “As a high per capita greenhouse gas emitter, Australia must do much more to tackle greenhouse pollution at home, and stop exporting greenhouse pollution overseas”.
The Perry St Festival is almost upon us! Join FoE Saturday 5th December from 10am for a memorable day of music, art and eco-friendly stalls.
Music includes an eclectic mix of local indie pop, hip hop, folksy tunes.
UR BOY BANGZ
SOCIAL STUDIO FASHION PARADE & PERFORMERS
COLD HANDS WARM HEART
MINNIE AND FRIENDS
There will be lots of folks from Friends of the Earth and other friends from around the community - so drop on by and catch up with old friends and make new ones!
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November 18, 2015
National environment group Friends of the Earth has welcomed the news that the Victorian Government will carry out an independent review of previous government support of coal development programs.
It has been announced that one of the three Advanced Lignite Demonstration Program (or ALDP) projects supported by the previous Coalition government has been withdrawn, less than 12 months after funding was awarded. It had been unable to find a market for its product.
National environment group Friends of the Earth is supporting the call from regional community groups for an outright ban on all new coal development in the state.
In a powerful statement of grassroots democracy, a growing number of communities in areas marked for coal exploration are declaring themselves 'coal and gasfield free'. New 'greenfield' coal mines clearly do not have social license to operate. Yet state government departments have approved a number of exploration licenses in recent months.
Friends of the Earth today raised concerns with ongoing pesticide pollution, in a number of reservoirs that supply Central Victorian Residents with drinking water.
The information obtained from a Freedom of Information request to water authority Central Highlands Water, reveal that eleven reservoirs contained traces of pesticides mostly between the late 2012 and late 2014.
In late 2012, Central Highlands Water implemented actions which made it possible to detect levels of pesticides, which sampling conducted for years earlier would not have been able to reveal. As a result almost 50 pesticide detections have been detected since late 2012.
Wadi Wadi people have been trying to regain ownership and management of the Nyah-Vinifera forest since colonisation. They were promised co-management by the Victorian Labor State Government five years ago and are still waiting for an outcome.
Show your support for Wadi Wadi by demanding the State Government commit to handing back the Nyah-Vinifera Park's management to its Traditional Owners.