FoE turns 40

Friends of the Earth Australia turns 40!

According to legend passed down through generations of activists, the FoE Australia network was created at a gathering of local FoE groups on French Island, in Western Port Bay in Victoria, in early 1974.

At that point, French Island had been selected as a possible location for Victoria’s first nuclear reactor, a campaign that was successfully won by FoE and other groups.

It seems too early to have a mid life crisis. So instead, we’re going to have a party. This will be in May 2015. It will feature music, talk, memorabilia, and good yarns.

Image: French Island, Feb 1974.


FoE turns 40

Celebration - friday May 8, 2015

This year we're celebrating Friends of the Earth Australia's 40th birthday!

Please join us to toast four decades of activism for social justice and ecological sustainability.

There will be music, performance, and speeches from some of your fave FoE friends.

Music by Glitter Rats, Sugar Fed Leopards, Black Orchids
Shadow performance by Lynne Kent and Hula Hoops by Sam Starr.

From 7.30pm (toasts and speeches start 8pm, merriment till 12pm).

Tickets: $15/ $10 concession, $40 solidarity.

Facebook event page here.

Help us build our archive

If you have photos, memories, old leaflets or posters, please send them in. Scan them and email to [email protected]

or post to FoE 40 years, Box 222, Fitzroy, 3065.

For background on FoE's history, check here.


The Early days. The 1970s.

The 1990s.

ABOVE: some global warming inspired poetry from Chain Reaction magazine, 19802

ABOVE: since the mid 1980s, FoE has run the annual radioactive exposure tour, taking many hundreds of people to see first hand the impacts of the nuclear industry on Indigenous communities and the landscpes of inland Australia. The 2009 RET tour.