Good News Stories

Good News

Friends of the Earth acknowledges the need to celebrate positive shifts and successes towards a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. We also understand that campaign victories are almost always the result of alliances between different groups and the broader community. In this section we  attempt to collate and share some of the inspirational stories that have risen out of local communities, within Australia and from around the world.

Please follow the links to our annual reports section to discover a comprehensive breakdown of positive stories from our work.

Have you always wondered who our own home grown hero’s are: Follow the link to ‘Inspirational Profiles’ section to discover who they are and what they have achieved in their community.

For comprehensive good news coverage from around the world via our partners and friends on our international work, see 'Voices of the Earth', our monthly publication (also available via email newsletter) produced in Amsterdam.

Our Successes include:

Friends of the Earth (FoE) has played a key role in the following successful campaigns:

  • an end to whaling in Australian waters
  • the protection of Antarctica
  • the introduction of lead free petrol in Australia
  • protection of Fraser Islands sub-tropical forests
  • the halting of the Jabiluka uranium mine
  • stopping the establishment of a high level radioactive waste dump in Australia
  • stopping the establishment of a low and medium level radioactive waste dump in South Australia
  • the introduction of independent timber certification systems in Australia
  • the creation of a new national park system along the Murray River of almost 100,000 hectares and the first jointly managed national park in Victoria.

We have been insturmental in pushing the environmental debate, often campaigning on issues long before they became mainstream. This includes:

  • climate change
  • GMOs
  • the threat posed by pesticide use in plantations and drinking water
  • third party (independent certification) of timber in Australia
  • the human rights dimensions of climate change - especially climate refugees
  • the emerging risks associated with nanotechnology

Friends of the Earth Australia (FoEA) has also played a pivotal role in establishing the following institutions and conventions:

  • Fair Trade Labelling in Australia
  • Forest Stewardship Council of Australia
  • the Australian Climate Change and Development Roundtable, which brought together environmental and development concerns
  • the Lock the Gate Alliance, which brings together farming communities and environmental organisations to oppose the encroachment of coal and coal seam gas (CSG) operations into agricultural areas.

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Renewable energy jobs boom on the horizon as Andrews govt announces Vic Renewable Energy Targets

VICTORIA, 15 JUNE 2016: A renewable energy boom is on the horizon for Victoria as the Andrews government today announces state Renewable Energy Targets (VRET). The long-awaited announcement comes after a two-and-a-half year community campaign to grow renewables.

"The Andrews government's announcement of Victorian Renewable Energy Targets is a big win for communities who want a pathway to 100 percent," said Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth spokesperson.

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Calls for international moratorium on underground coal gasification following immediate ban in Queensland, Australia

APRIL 18, 2016: Responding to the breaking news that the State Government of Queensland in Australia has just implemented an immediate ban on all underground coal gasification in that State, Chloe Aldenhoven, Coal and Gas Spokesperson for Friends of the Earth (FoE) Australia said:

2015 visual diary

As another big year comes to a close, here are some highlights from our year.

Hope you have a great summer, get out amongst nature with friends and family, and recharge. See you in 2016!


Chain Reaction magazine issue #124 now available

Our national magazine, Chain Reaction, is just back from the printers. It will be mailed to members shortly, but in the meantime you can read it here as individual articles or a pdf.

Half Time Score - our campaigns in 2015

2015 has been an incredible year. And we're only half way through! Here are some highlights from our work since January.


FoE Australia turns 40

This year Friends of the Earth Australia is turning 40! (Well, actually we're 41 but were too busy last year to organise a party).

Please join us to celebrate four decades of creative resistance and activism working towards environmental and social justice.

There will be music, performance, and a chance to hear from some of your fave FoE friends and campaigners.

The 1990s

ABOVE: Working with the Mirra traditional owners and other environmental groups, FoE played a key role in the successful community campaign to stop the Jabiluka uranium mine in the mid 1990s. There were regular pickets outside the offices of companies involved in the mine proposal. This one was in Melbourne.


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FoE turns 40

Celebration - friday May 8, 2015

our campaigns 2014

As 2014 comes to an end, we thought we'd reflect on our work this year. The following images, in a rough chronological order, show some of what we got up to over the past 12 months.

Thanks for your support during the year. If you wanted to help our campaigns with a donation, you can do so here. You can also sign up to our monthly newsletter via the front page of the website.

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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.


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