Over a century of industrial development has pumped greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, warming the globe and pushing the climate perilously close to dangerous tipping points.
Urgent action to tackle climate change is now needed. Measures to prevent dangerous climate change and build resilience to the impacts must be fair and just. They must hold those who are most liable for the problem to account for their contributions; ensure those with the greatest capacity do the heavy lifting; and protect those who are most exposed to climate change impacts.
Friends of the Earth believe it is essential to address the social issues, such as disproportionate use of resources, inequality, and colonisation, while responding to climate change.
Friends of the Earth are actively working with frontline communities around the country to resist the spread of the nuclear, coal and gas industry, and to protect forests - our beautiful carbon sinks - from further devastation. We are also supporting communities on positive solutions such as rolling out renewable energy.
Historically, our climate justice campaigns have forged the agenda on the human rights dimensions of climate change. We have supported the rights of those at risk of climate-induced displacement as well as exposing the social impacts of carbon offset schemes in countries of the global south.
- To limit the greenhouse gas concentration level in the atmosphere to be safe for all life on planet earth.
- To work in genuine collaboration with and be lead by first Australians in a process of de-colonisation of the economy, especially around mining issues.
- To ensure that nuclear energy is not seen as a solution to climate change.
- To ensure that an inclusive renewable energy future is created, primarily based on community owned and operated power.
- To reshape economic systems so they acknowledge ecological limits, prevent dangerous climate change, and build resilience to the impacts that are already locked in.
- To ensure that no-one is left behind when dealing with climate change.
We are also building campaigns relating to Australia's greenhouse gas emissions and the impacts of the fossil fuel industries on communities. We participate in the Lock the Gate alliance against coal-seam and unconventional gas, we are involved in campaigns against the expansion of the domestic and export coal industries, and we have started a pro-renewable energy campaign that highlights the benefits for communities in taking up renewable energy to reduce emissions.
Check out your local Friends of the Earth local group to find out about how to get involved with local activity.
Information on particular campaign work:
The Tipping Point team is a tight knit, hard working group with a track record of delivering quality projects in short time-frames, including helping to spearhead the Australian fossil fuel divestment movement, supporting the growth of the #StopAdani campaign, organising mass climate mobilisations and pushing major banks to say no to fossil fuels.
Friends of the Earth believe that the banks, superannuation funds and governments that have custody of our money should use it to protect not damage our environment. Our Market Forces work exposes the institutions that are financing environmentally destructive projects and help Australians hold these institutions accountable. We work with the community to prevent investment in projects that would harm the environment and drive global warming.
Earthworker Cooperative brings together people from diverse backgrounds in practical action to solve the social and environmental problems faced by communities and the planet. We provide common ground where trade unionists, environmentalists, small business people and others work together in common cause. Our goal is to establish a network of worker-owned cooperatives committed to sustainable enterprise throughout Australia.
Climate Frontlines are focused on dealing with forced climate migration of people in the Pacific region. In particular, the Climate Frontlines Collective raises awareness about people living in the low-lying Pacific nations of Kiribati and Tuvalu who are being forced to leave their their communities due to climate change. These island communities are already being displaced by rising sea levels.
Tulun/Carteret Islands is a horseshoe-shaped scattering of low-lying coral atolls 86 kilometres north-east of Bougainville. Carteret elders initiated a voluntary relocation program in 2006, named Tulele Peisa, or “Sailing the Waves on Our Own”. With an indigenous population of 2700 on seven small islands with a maximum elevation of just 1.5 metres above sea level, there are few other places on Earth where the injustice of global warming is more apparent.
Healthy Futures is a group of health professionals, students and community members taking action to address climate change and related threats to health. We focus on connecting people who are concerned about the health impacts of climate change and empowering them to take collective action.
We are working to raise awareness of how a mix of renewable energy technologies are able to meet all of Western Australia’s electricity needs. We provide presentations to government agencies, corporations, schools, community groups and politicians, as well as running display stands at public events, writing letters to the media, producing and distributing information leaflets.