The people of New South Wales go to the polls on March 23. Environment and climate have both featured strongly in the public debate around the election and it would appear that interest in these issues is of significance to many people as they ponder their vote. NSW has the largest energy demand of any state in Australia but is lagging all other states and territories in the transition to clean energy. Polling commissioned for the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) showed that 58 % of voters will consider policies on environment and climate change when they head to the voting booth. When asked for the most important issue in the election in the Ucomms/ReachTEL poll, 15 % of voters said it was the environment. That was a higher score than any issue except the ability to manage the state's finances.
This month we held our national annual meeting of local & affiliate groups and campaigners on beautiful Darug country in NSW, where we cross-pollinated ideas and developed our capacity for national solidarity in our interlinked efforts for environmental and social justice.
PRESS RELEASE Bangkok, Manila, New Delhi, Melbourne July 20, 2018. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is being negotiated in Bangkok, Thailand this week. The mega regional trade deal involving sixteen nations from Asia-Pacific will impact the lives of over three billion people, yet a new study reveals how the deal fails international standards of transparency and public engagement.
The Australian government is seeking to introduce new espionage and foreign interference laws that threaten our democracy.
Friends of the Earth are a community-driven organisation that has played a constructive role protecting the natural environment and supporting social justice in Australia for over forty years.
By Cam Walker In the various histories that have been written about the Australian environment movement, most have identified the 'professionalisation' phase that happened in the 1980s as a defining feature in the movement's development.