Half Time Score 2014

2014 has been a huge year for us. With a growing number of threats to the environment, it is easy to give up hope. But, as always, strategic action is the antidote to despair. Our campaigns are going strong, with a huge range of activity.

Here's a snapshot of some of our activity so far this year.

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As in the last few years, FoE continues to work closely with regional communities against new coal and gas proposals

And more and more communities are declaring themselves coal and gas free. Above: Byaduk (western VIC) vote overwhelmingly to declare their community gasfield free, and below, Surfcoast residents say No to Gasfields.

FoE continues to work with communities in northern Australia and the Pacific who are being affected by climate change. As part of the Climate Frontlines project, Climate Advocacy with and for Torres Strait Island Communities, public forums were held in Cairns and Thursday Island.

In June we hosted an event in Parliament House in Canberra to highlight the benefits of renewable energy.

We hosted the Victorian section of an Australian tour by rancher John Fenton, who spoke about the effects of unconventional gas drilling.

We carried out surveys of koala habitat in the Strezlecki Ranges in south eastern Australia.

We helped dozens of communities to declare themselves Coal or Gasfield Free.

We hosted forums on renewable energy.

In conjunction with counterAct, we held our first training course in effective advocacy.

We supported dozens of local community groups in their campaigns and were involved in a number of hands-on environmental initiatives and environmental restoration projects.

We held stalls and information nights, spoke to the media, door knocked and leafleted.

The divestment day organised by FoE affiliate Market Forces highlighted the risks of rinvestment in fossil fuels to the climate and natural environments like the Great Barrier Reef.

This year's Radioactive Exposure Tour took another group of people into arid Australia to see first hand the environmental and social impacts of the uranium industry.

We are starting to work in South Australia against the threat posed by unconventional gas to land, water, biodiversity, communites and agriculture.

We spent more than a decade working to gain protection of the Red Gum forests along the NSW/VIC border through the creation of new national parks. Now we are defending this important legacy.

We hosted dozens of community meetings across eastern Australia to highlight the threats posed by new coal and gas operations.

We supported residents from the Latrobe Valley concerned about the health impacts of the fire at the Hazelwood coal mine.

We worked with the community of Stawell in western Victoria to stop a massive open cut mine which would remove the landmark of Big Hill.

Our food co-operative in Melbourne continued its mission to bring ethical and sustainable food to the community and support small scale farmers.

Our weekly radio program continues to cover many issues and is available as a podcast and through streaming as well as broadcasting live to air from 3CR community radio in Melbourne.

We helped the community of Seaspray in Gippsland stop approval of onshore unconventional gas drilling across the state until 2015.

We hosted a forum on climate displacement.

We continue to support the campaign to achieve container deposit legislation. This would be a significant step towards increasing producer responsibility and reduce resource use, with many benefits for the environment and employment.

In May, FoE affiliate Market Forces worked with European groups, including FoE Europe, to encourage a number of banks to not invest in fossil fuel projects in Australia.

We continue to monitor the health of the inland river systems along the Murray River.

In response to the federal government's announcement that it would review the Renewable Energy Target (the RET), FoE launched a fact finding tour of south eastern Australia to investigate the many environmental, social and economic benefits of having a RET.

We continued to support traditional owners from Muckaty Station in the NT, who have been opposing a proposed radioactive waste dump on their land.

We highlighted the need for better regulation of nano materials.

We supported organic farmer Steve Marsh after his farm was contaminated with GMO crops.

We highlighted the environmental and economic benefits of renewable energy and the costs of blocking the roll out of this clean and sustainable energy source.

We also highlighted the costs of inaction.

We continued to approach environmental and climate issues through a policy- and fact-based approach, highlighting that action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions now will reduce the severity of climate change for future generations.

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