We the undersigned Australian Members of Parliament, environment and community organisations, understand the Argentine Parliament is to discuss a Nuclear Cooperation Agreement between Australia and Argentina in the week commencing 17th December.
Friends of the Earth has today released a critical review of the Honeymoon Uranium Project?s environmental assessment. The report challenges both the technical and procedural approach taken by the SA and Federal Government leading to the mine?s recent controversial approval. The environment group holds strong concern that genuine Environment Impact Assessment has failed as a result of the governments? pro uranium policy.
Friends of the Earth has today called for a hold on approval of the Honeymoon Uranium Project approval following revelations of an acid leak at the mine (The Advertiser p.1 Thursday 6th Dec.). Both company and government statements have claimed re-injection of radioactive waste to groundwater in the region is safe. Friends of the Earth has asked for full disclosure and review of the project, concerned that at commercial operating rates such leakage will continue to occur.
US Missile Defence Test A Mistake Say Peace Groups Friends Of The Earth
Australian Peace Committee
Australian Anti-Bases Campaign
Trade Union Green Caucus
Campaign For International Cooperation And Disarmament (Cicd)
People For Nuclear Disarmament (Pnd) W.A.
Peace and environment groups in Australia are saying that in the light of the September 11 attacks, the missile defence test scheduled by the US for late Saturday US time, is a big mistake. Missile Defence and nuclear weapons would have made no difference whatsoever to the attacks of September 11th, which were achieved by people armed with stanley knives and the willingness to die.
As the World Solar Congress meets in Adelaide, environment groups will target developers of the Honeymoon uranium mine that recently gained Federal approval. Friends of the Earth has hit out at the Federal Government's failure to support appropriate development while facilitating out-dated nuclear technology. The protests coincide with the Annual General Meeting of Sedimentary Holdings, partner company of Southern Cross Resources in the Honeymoon project.
Friends of the Earth (FoE) has today called for an independent review of the Honeymoon Uranium Mine's environmental assessment. The call comes as outgoing Industry Minister Nick Minchin announced final approval of the controversial project. There remain significant gaps in the assessment process with kept key information on radioactive contamination of groundwater still out of the public realm.
National Environment Group Friends of the Earth (FoE) has condemned the approval of the Honeymoon uranium mine and has vowed to continue opposition to the project. The controversial project was given environmental approval by Federal Minister Robert Hill on Wednesday. FoE has attacked the assessment process that has kept key information on radioactive contamination of groundwater out of the public realm.
The leaked revised WTO ministerial declaration, drafted and circulated by the Chair of the Ministerial Conference in Doha at noon time today, was greeted with horror by Friends of the Earth International (FOEI), the largest grassroots federation of environmental and social justice organizations around the world.
(Doha) The EU is bowing to pressure to weaken its already modest proposals on the environment in the WTO, according to latest sources. Friends of the Earth reacted by warning the EU that it should not use the environment as a bargaining chip in order to advance its objective to launch a new round of trade talks. The EU's compromise on the environment would help it to bring controversial new issues such as investment and competition into the WTO. It would also assist the EU to defend its farm subsidies.
(Doha) The opening day of the 4th WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha yesterday once again bore witness to the strong-arm and misleading negotiating tactics of the United States and the EU within the WTO. Delegations of developing and least developed countries that have continued to oppose the launch of a new comprehensive round of trade negotiations at Doha were the targets of private informal meetings with either the US or the EU delegations.
Sale of the Century?
Friends of the Earth International presents Sustainable Trade Agenda at the Doha Ministerial
Doha: On the eve of the launch of the WTO Ministerial Conference in Qatar, Friends of the Earth International (FoEI) a worldwide federation of 68 independent national environmental groups, uniting close to 1 million activists worldwide has presented its sustainable trade agenda in Doha.
With 24 hours to go at the UN Climate Talks in Marrakech, Morroco, Environment Ministers continue high level negotiations to reach a final agreement. The last 10 days have seen serious attempts to undermine the principles signed up to in July under the Bonn agreement, particularly from the Russian, Japanese, Australian and Canadian delegations. But if Ministers adhere to the principles of the Bonn agreement, as they have on compliance, rapid progress can be made. While these talks are largely technical, with few new political trade-offs to be made, the arrival of Ministers is essential to ensure conclusion of the talks and the adoption of the conference decisions. If a complete package of legal text is agreed here, the fundamental architecture of the Kyoto regime will be in place, enabling even recalcitrant countries to ratify, and paving the way for future emissions reductions.
Australian Conservation Foundation - The Wilderness Society - Greenpeace - Friends of the Earth - Total Environment Centre - Arid Lands Environment Centre - Conservation Councils of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, ACT, Western Australia, Northern Territory & South Australia
With two days to the federal election, a coalition of national and state environment groups have today released a final report card on the four major political parties.
Friends of the Earth today called on Environment Ministers meeting in Marrakech to adhere to the principles of the Bonn Agreement reached in July's climate talks - or they will fail to make an impact on dangerous climate change.
Since the election of the Howard Coalition Government in 1996 the Mirrar People of Kakadu have fought to stop the Jabiluka uranium mine from going ahead. Jabiluka is part of our traditional country. It is part of us and we say no to mining. We have taken our fight across Australia and the world and many people have heard our call and supported us. We are still fighting to protect our country, culture and sacred sites.
Friends of the Earth has strongly criticised comments made by PM John Howard and Health Minister Michael Wooldridge in support of a new reactor in Sydney. Claims by the Federal Government that a reactor is critical for nuclear medicine have been consistently proven to be baseless. The comments were made after the ALP stated its opposition to a new reactor in suburban Sydney at Lucas Heights.
National environment group Friends of the Earth has welcomed the ALP¹s commitment to no new uranium mines, reactor or radioactive waste dumping. The ALP has unveiled a principled response to nuclear issues as a key part of its environment policy launch in Perth today. The position is in sharp contrast to the Federal government¹s outdated obsession with the nuclear industry.
National environmental group, Friends of the Earth Australia, was surprised and disappointed by today's statement on the environment by the Prime Minister.
"The Coalition has consistently rated poorly on its environmental track record since its election in 1996, and this long awaited announcement was an opportunity to address the issue of environmental sustainability seriously. A visionary policy would have been greeted with praise by environmental organisations, yet today¹s announcement has become one more missed opportunity."
The Australian Conservation Foundation and Friends of the Earth will launch a new radioactive postcard in Adelaide on Thursday, as part of an election campaign to highlight the continuing Federal government plans to dump radioactive waste in SA.
Friends of the Earth International (FoEI) and other Global Forest Coalition members announced three nominations for a special TREETANIC AWARD this afternoon. The TREETANIC AWARD is handed over during the climate negotiations to the company implementing the worst carbon sink project.
WTO: Developing Countries And Civil Society Groups Stunned By WTO Draft Declaration?
Reaction in Geneva to the publication of the WTO's final draft declaration , to be negotiated at the 4th Ministerial in Doha, Qatar, 9-13 December, was muted yesterday - but only because developing country ambassadors and civil society groups were so shocked by its contents .
Tony Blair must use his influence with President Bush to persuade the United States to back the Kyoto climate protocol, Friends of the Earth said today. The call comes as representatives of Governments from across the world meet in Marrakech, Morocco (Monday 29 October - Friday 9 November) to build on their agreement to ratify the climate treaty in Bonn in July.
National environment group, Friends of the Earth Australia (FoEA) welcomed the launch of the ALP's foreign policy in Sydney yesterday.
It is essential that Australia take a proactive role in international negotiations. Under the current federal government, Australia¹s international reputation has sunk to an all time low. Australia¹s self interested approach to global issues has been consistently highlighted in climate change negotiations. The ALP has made a number of significant commitments in its foreign policy which would greatly improve Australia¹s international standing.
War Is Not The Answer
'Not In Our Name'
No-War Rally For Peace
12 Noon Sunday Nov.4
At 12 noon, Sunday November 4th, (the last Sunday before the election), commencing at the Archibald Fountain, Hyde Park North,the Sydney-based NO-WAR (Network Opposing War and Racism) coalition will hold a rally against the war in Afghanistan.
Environment groups disappointed by
Democrats policy free preference agreements
Australian Conservation Foundation * The Wilderness Society * Friends of the Earth* Conservation Council of WA * Conservation Council of South East Region and Canberra * Environment Victoria * Environment Centre of Northern Territory
Environment groups today expressed their disappointment at the Australian Democrats policy free approach to their preference negotiations with the Coalition and Labor announced yesterday.
National environment group, Friends of the Earth Australia, has welcomed the ?One World Environment Policy launched by the Australian Greens this morning. The policy approaches environmental sustainability on a global level, in contrast with recent environmental debate in the election period. The group notes that to achieve genuine sustainability governments must engage at an international level.
Environment groups worldwide are working to stop the construction of the $1.1 billion OCP oil pipeline which is planned to carry crude oil from the Ecuadorian Amazon over the Andes and to the Pacific coast. The OCP consortium is comprised of Alberta Energy (Canada), Kerr McGee (USA), Occidental Petroleum (USA), AGIP (Italy), Perez Companc (Argentina), Repsol-YPF (Spain) and Techint (Argentina).
International Environmentalist Delegation Tours El Salvador To Assess Human Triggered Disasters, Promote Solutions
Today an international delegation of environmentalists completed a three-day mission to assess the impacts of human-triggered environmental disasters in El Salvador. They are seeking to compare such disasters to those in other developing countries and highlight solutions to increasingly urgent environmental crises.
Friends of the Earth have stated the fire at WMC's Olympic Dam is inconceivable following a similar fire two years ago. Yesterday¹s fire, involving 1million litres of kerosene, started at the same place as the previous, 100 metres from the uranium extraction plant. It is unclear from initial reports whether there has been radiological exposure. Friends of the Earth have called for a full independent assessment into both fires.
Rising Tides, Rising Waste
Failure to act on climate change will impact business
Friends of the Earth will highlight the Federal Environment and Industry Ministers' failure to act on climate and nuclear issues in Adelaide today. The group has stated that a failure to act will have long-term impacts on both the environment and the economy. The call comes at the start of the National Industry Policy Conference in Adelaide that will discuss the impact of greenhouse and energy policy on business.
A vigil for peace has been called in response to US and British military attacks on Afghanistan overnight. The vigil will take place at 5pm in the City Square, Melbourne today. Friends of the Earth (FoE), who will join the vigil, have called for calm amid heightening tensions. The environment / peace group is concerned that military actions will in no way help the cause of justice and may well fuel further terrorist actions escalating global insecurity.
Premier Oil have survived round one in their contest with environmentalists over their plans to explore for gas in Kirthar National Park, Pakistan. The Sindh High Court has dismissed the legal challenge brought by local campaigners and Friends of the Earth International because the relevant wildlife laws were dramatically weakened while the case was being considered. But Pakistani environmentalists have questioned whether Premier Oil were behind the sudden legal amendment made by the Pakistani authorities, and they are now planning to take the case to the Supreme Court in Islamabad - the highest court in the land.
There was a significant development in Premier Oil's long legal battle over the its plans to explore for gas in the Kirthar National Park on Wednesday (19 September) when Pakistan's Attorney-General became involved in the case. The Attorney-General's involvement substantially raises the political stakes of an issue which has hitherto languished in the regional court.
The organisations signed below wish to express their sincere sorrow for the enormous loss of life in the United States today. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families and friends of the victims throughout the world as well as to the American people.
Premier Oil and the military Government of Pakistan will tomorrow face a legal challenge in a Karachi court over plans to explore for gas in the country's oldest national park. Local NGOs are questioning whether the British company has been using its influence with the Pakistani military authorities, to secure a weakening of wildlife legislation and so win approval for its exploration plans.
Sri Lanka, Thailand among those targeted by Bush Administration over genetically engineered food regulations
Washington, DC--More than 200 consumer, farm and environmental groups worldwide sent a letter today protesting threats by the Bush administration to challenge food safety laws of other countries as barriers to international trade. Groups representing citizens in Australia, Brazil, Germany, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the United States and Zimbabwe signed the letter. The groups?including the Third World Network, Via Campesina, Friends of the Earth International, and the Consumer Policy Institute/Consumer's Union (U.S. publishers of Consumer Reports)?represent millions of members around the world.
On June 25, 2001, an oil spill and explosion occurred in the aged and rusty pipeline in Ogbodo, Nigeria.
It destroyed the only source of drinking water for 150,000 people. The spill has also destroyed community fishing equipment and farmlands, and resulted in fumes and pollutants that have sickened people and forced many to evacuate their homes. Shell's highly ineffective cleanup efforts and meagre offers of assistance are doing little to help the plight of the victims, the Ikwere ethnic nationality of the River State of the Niger Delta.
Cultural triumph in Colombia
A Communique to the international community
Cubará, July 31, 2001
Recently, the U.S multinational company Occidental of Colombia (OXY) publicly recognised the negative results regarding the expected petroleum developments of Gibraltar 1, in the traditional territories of the U'wa people of Colombia.
Environment groups today welcomed the announcement from the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) that they would impose 'Green Bans' on the construction of three proposed gas-fired electricity generators throughout Victoria.
Exxon's 100% owned mining subsidiary Intercor is poised to evict all residents of the Indigenous/campesino community of Tabaco in the province of La Guajira, Colombia, on 9th or 10th August, in order to facilitate expansion of South America's biggest coal strip mine, Cerrejon Norte.
Fossil fuel lobbyists, President Bush and other reactionary politicians will be the only ones with frowns on their faces as the political deal approved on Monday was adopted in a plenary at the Bonn UN climate conference today. Millions around the world rejoiced at the break-through climate deal struck earlier this week, now Governments must immediately make the steps to ratify the treaty at home.
While welcoming the breakthrough in the international climate negotiations yesterday, Friends of the Earth (Australia) expressed disappointment that the progress of some Annex B countries was being impeded by Australia.
The Franciscan International Group read the prayer written by Australian church leaders outside the Maritim Conference Centre in Bonn yesterday. Inside the Australian delegation has been swimming against the tide of international and domestic opinion, as countries try to reach agreement about the rules of implementing the historic Kyoto Protocol.
Jan Pronk, President of the sixth Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC has published a new proposal to break the deadlock on implementation of the Kyoto Protocol. Friends of the Earth International believes it provides the basis for agreement in Bonn, despite its weaknesses and loopholes.
While the official Australian delegation obstructs progress on UN climate talks, environmental and social justice groups will hold a variety of actions and street theatre events across Australia today to call attention to Australia's dismal performance. Australia, Canada and Japan remain the few countries pushing for the inclusion of nuclear energy in the climate talks taking place in Bonn Germany from the 16-27th July.
On the fifth day of the talks, there are some tentative signs of progress. The European Union and G77 group in particular seem to be drawing closer together on key issues, starting with the key issue of finance.
While the official Australian delegation obstructs progress on the Kyoto Protocol, environmental and social justice groups will hold a variety of actions and street theatre events around the country this Sunday, July 22nd to call attention to Australia's dismal performance.
Three days into the talks, and neither hide nor hair has been seen in public of the US delegation, led by Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky. The US has failed to hold a press conference to explain what it is doing in Bonn, or why it has even turned up. Suspicions remain, despite assurances given to Mr Pronk, that not content with reneging on the Kyoto Treaty it is also inciting "Umbrella Group" countries to wreck the negotiations altogether.
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Friends of the Earth International, the world's largest environment network with groups in 68 countries, will be present throughout the Bonn climate talks. We are always ready to help with informed comment and opinion.
US MISSILE DEFENCE TEST SUCCESS
A FAILURE FOR THE WORLD AUSTRALIAN PEACE COMMITTEE
FRIENDS OF THE EARTH
PEOPLE FOR NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT
COALITION FOR A NUCLEAR-FREE AUSTRALIA
AUSTRALIAN ANTI-BASES CAMPAIGN
From July 16 to 27, Bonn, Germany: World leaders will meet for the UN climate negotiations. In Bonn they will decide if the Kyoto Protocol, the world's only binding agreement to reduce CO2 emissions, will survive, or if they will let political inaction cause climate disaster.
Over the last 24 hours, Greenpeace, WWF, FoE and Kiko-network Japan have put together a massive cyber-fax alert to Prime Minister Koizumi, calling on him to stand firm on Japan's commitment to ratify Kyoto.
Friends of the Earth have declared Premier Peter Beattie a "BIOHAZARD" today, creating a quarantine area around him at parliament house, immediately prior to his departure for the bio2001 conference in San Diego.
On Sunday June 10th, Friends of the Earth International (FoEI) will celebrate its founding thirty years ago with the release of a special publication and the launch of a new logo and visual identity.From the few individuals who came together with the dream of creating an international environmental network of groups working for environmental protection and social justice in 1971, Friends of the Earth has grown into a global federation with 66 national member groups. FoEI currently has nearly one million members around the world, and unites some 5,000 local grassroots groups in South, North, East and West.
Economic uncertainty over the controversial Honeymoon uranium project in South Australia is growing ahead of today¹sThursdays Annual General Meeting of mining company Southern Cross Resources in Ontario Canada. The company attempting to develop the controversial acid leach uranium mine near Broken Hill has been beset by delays and has failed to secure a joint venture. Southern Cross are seeking Australian Government approval before the next federal election as present Federal Labor policy opposes the project.
"We understand that Shell has, in recent years, invested heavily in an image laundering campaign in Europe and North America. However, the media campaigns have not resulted in improvement in practice of the company in the Niger Delta of Nigeria". Environmental Rights Action (Friends of the Earth, Nigeria) and a broad grouping of Nigerian civil society groups concerned about the environmental and human rights situation in the Niger Delta area have expressed grave concerns about the proposal of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, to support the activities of Shell in Nigeria. The proposal involves the IFC contributing US$15 million to a fund to be managed in a partnership with Shell Nigeria and an unnamed Nigerian Bank. The purpose of the fund is to provide loans to so called small and medium-sized local contractors working for Shell and other Shell affiliates in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria.
The Ecuadorian Government has approved a bid from a consortium called OCP for the construction of a pipeline that will cross the country from East to West, seriously affecting extremely fragile areas and regions of great agricultural importance for the country.
On Friday, May 19, the Australian mining giant Broken Hill Proprietary (BHP) held its Annual General Meeting in its headquarters city of Melbourne, Australia. BHP shareholders attended the crucial meeting to consider a pending merger with the London-based South African miner Billiton, which owns the proposed Crandon mine project in Wisconsin, USA. (BHP shareholders were expected to approve the merger to create the world's second-largest mining company, which would be called BHP Billiton.)
Friends of the Earth Maryborough is very concerned about the ongoing culling of the Dingoes on Fraser Island. The question must be asked whether the QNPWS is planning to continue killing this rare Fraser Island icon until there is none left?
Friends of the Earth, Australia has today called on the Government and the ALP to reject the Bush administration's National Missile Defence (NMD) scheme. US State Department Assistant Secretary James Kelly is will meet 'selected front benchers' in Melbourne today as part of US plans to promote the controversial "Star Wars" scheme. Mr. Kelly is also set to brief Opposition leader Kim Beazley this afternoon before meeting with Foreign Minister Alexander Downer for talks in Adelaide tomorrow.
Shell is dropping plans to explore for gas in Kirthar National Park in Pakistan. The oil giant has announced a "re-alignment of their Pakistan business portfolio". The sudden move has been greeted with delight by Friends of the Earth International, which was pursuing a major legal case against Shell in the Pakistani courts.
Anti-nuclear groups will today launch a new national website - www.votenuclearfree.org - outside the Commonwealth Parliaments joint Commemorative Ceremonial Federation Sitting at the Royal Exhibition Buildings.
Rio's stopgap Jabiluka plans a cop out: traditional owners
The Traditional Owners of the Jabiluka uranium mine area, the Mirrar People, have today criticised mining giant Rio Tinto for refusing to commit to neither sell nor develop the controversial Jabiluka mine.
Statement of Dr. Brent Blackwelder, President, Friends of the Earth Press Conference.
The President of the United States believes he has seen the enemy: every man, woman and child who cares about protecting the environment we depend upon for our survival. A scant three months into his new administration, and President Bush's real agenda is well underway - an all out war on public health, safety and the environment on behalf of industries that contributed to his campaign.
The world is tottering on the brink of climate disaster today, as the White House confirrned that President Bush has decided to rat on the 1997 Kyoto Treaty. At Kyoto, the world's developed countries agreed for the first time to cut emissions of climate changing gases. White House officials have taken legal advice on how to pull out of the Treaty, which the US signed but which remains unratified by the Senate.
Key environment groups have today welcomed news of increased doubts over the future of the Jabiluka uranium project inside Kakadu National Park. The news, made in an address to the Securities Institute by Rio Tinto CEO Leigh Clifford, comes on the third anniversary of the start of the Jabiluka protest blockade which involved thousands of people and saw hundreds of arrests.
Joint Press Release
Friends of the Earth Australia
Friends of the Earth Australia and the Anti-Bases Campaign have welcomed a resolution passed by the Senate yesterday while condemning comments made at the same time by Alexander Downer that indicate the Howard government may be hardening its attitude to the 1972 ABM (Anti-Ballistic Missile) treaty, to allow the development of the controversial National Missile Defence program.
National environment group Friends of the Earth Australia has called for uranium miner Southern Cross Resources to halt plans to dispose of radioactive waste into groundwater at the Honeymoon uranium site near Broken Hill. Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill announced today the terms of reference for further evaluation of groundwater and direct disposal of radioactive wastes. Southern Cross has denied the public release of existing data from two years of trial mining at the site near Broken Hill.
Joint Press Release by
Australian Peace Committee
Friends of the Earth Australia
People for Nuclear Disarmament
32 Federal Parliamentarians, 44 environment groups, peace groups, trade unions, church groups and others today called on the Federal Government to reject involvement in the US Missile Defence (NMD) /'Star Wars' scheme. Senator Vicki Bourne, the ALP's Laurie Ferguson, and letter coordinator John Hallam of Friends of the Earth, today released a letter that called on Foreign Minister Downer and Defence Minister Reith to refuse to allow the use of the Joint Facilities in any mode that would allow their use for National Missile Defence or Theater Missile Defense The letter calls on the government to use its diplomatic resources to argue against missile defence.
The Beverley uranium mine near the Gammon Ranges in South Australia opens today despite strong opposition from the majority of Australians to uranium mining. As the company celebrates on site, Friends of the Earth will join other environment groups and members of the Adnyamathanha community outside the perimeter in a peaceful protest.
Rich countries such as Australia, Britain and the USA must cut fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal to prevent a climate catastrophe, Friends of the Earth International (FoEI) said today as the United Nations published its latest report on global climate change. The report warns that the world's poorest countries would "bear the brunt of devastating changes" from global warming.
Royal Dutch Shell will today publish its Full Year Results. It is anticipated that they will indicate a record increase in profits and turnover - buoyed up by high fuel prices. Shell's financial performance and corporate citizenship are of particular concern to Australians at the moment as the Treasurer, Peter Costello, considers whether Shell's takeover of Australian-owned Woodside would be in the 'national interest'.
Yesterday nine of Australia's leading environment, development and social service non-government organisations (NGOs)* met with Mr Mike Moore, the Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), to discuss concerns about the impacts of global trade on communities and the environment.
Federal Industry Minister Nick Minchin today announced a site for the National Radioactive Waste Dump in South Australia. The announcement comes hot on the heels of a strong community protest (22/01/2001) against radioactive waste shipments from Sydney’s existing Lucas Heights reactor. Friends of the Earth has again drawn the connection between plans for a new reactor and nuclear waste dumping in South Australia.