Vision & Principles.
Friends of the Earth-Brisbane is a community based social change cooperative working on local, regional, national and international issues. We are working towards the creation of an ecologically sustainable and socially just society through community action.
- We recognise the interdependence of all life on earth
- We uphold the principles of non-violence
- We acknowledge the rights of all indigenous peoples to self determination
- We acknowledge and abhor the past and continuing dispossession and marginalisation of the indigenous people of Australia and of other indigenous peoples throughout the world
- We reject patriarchy and any other form of elitist hierarchy in our society
- We reject racism, sexism, colonialism and all other such forms of discrimination and oppression
- We acknowledge, respect and value cultural diversity and different knowledge systems
- We support the concepts of inter-generational equity and intra-generational equity (supporting the rights of communities to pursue their own development path without compromising the opportunities of other communities or future generations to pursue their own development paths)
- We do not endorse political parties
- We aspire to achieve egalitarian participation in work and decision making within the cooperative
- We work cooperatively using a consensus model as described in these rules
- We individually and collectively take full responsibility for ourselves and for the consequences of our actions
- We recognise non-violent direct action as a legitimate tool to achieve our vision
- We seek to develop a community of activism based on nurturing and respect for members and for the public at large
- We actively encourage skill sharing
- As part of our insistence on transparency of process and organisational honesty and integrity, we critically evaluate our processes and activities
- While acknowledging our agreement to join Friends of the Earth Australia Inc., we remain a self-managed, independent cooperative
Aims and Objectives
- Stimulate a movement of social change towards a socially just and ecological sustainable society.
- Halt the destruction of ecosystems and the corresponding loss of biological diversity and ecological processes.
- Restore and encourage the restoration of degraded ecosystems
- Encourage the ecologically sustainable and socially just use and distribution of the earth’s resources
- Encourage local community self reliance and autonomy
- Encourage the development of a well informed and active community
- Provide the organisational framework and infrastructure to support the social change, community development and ecological restoration/conservation aspirations of members