Economics for Earth

Why we must ban secret corporate courts from trade deals

Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) is a dispute resolution method included in hundreds of trade and investment agreements designed to give exclusive legal protection to foreign companies investing abroad, giving them the right to sue host governments in a private tribunal over any perceived breach of the rules around the treatment of investors. This secret corporate court system is system is a threat to Australia's democracy and environment and we believe it should be banned.
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Economics for Earth

April 2018 Update

What is the best way to support all the work that you see in these updates?
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Economics for Earth

The Foreign Donations Bill is broken. Time to start again

The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters (JSCEM) Committee which has been running the Inquiry into the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017 has released its report late this afternoon. The Committee has released a Majority Report (written by government and ALP members) and a Minority Report (dissenting report) from the Australian Greens. “This is a significant step back by the government members of this Committee from the extreme measures proposed in the original Bill” said Friends of the Earth campaigns co-ordinator Cam Walker. “The original Bill was clearly ideological over-reach, and the Committee members had the common sense to recognise this”.
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Historic legal action launched against Shell in the Netherlands on climate change could impact fossil fuel investments in Australia

Press release: Melbourne, 5 April 2018: Friends of the Earth Netherlands takes the first step in legal action against Shell to stop the destruction of the climate. This ground-breaking case, if successful, would significantly limit Shell's investments in oil and gas globally by requiring them to comply with global climate targets.
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AECOM cancels graduate outreach as #StopAdani protests mount

US-based engineering and design firm AECOM’s graduate outreach program has been thrown into disarray, with protests and cancellations impacting most events.
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New Federal Govt Grant for Community Solar & Battery Systems Announced

The federal Government has just announced up to $12,500 in funding for solar PV systems and/or battery storage for community groups in Mt Alexander Shire, Macedon Ranges Shire, Hepburn Shire and City of Greater Bendigo.    
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Economics for Earth

March 2018 Update

Recently it was International Women's Day and we celebrated ALL the women - cis, non-binary, trans - who are part of the world wide movement for social and environmental justice. Despite being disproportionately affected by environmental injustice, women are not victims. Women are fighters. Women are protagonists in the defense of territories and the fight for autonomy over our bodies, lives and labour force. You can read more about Friends of the Earth's work dismantling patriarchy and for gender justice here.
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Economics for Earth

Apple isn't a lone bad fruit. How can we hold companies to account?

Apple routinely disregards humans and nature in it's push for bigger and bigger profits. A couple of years ago suicide nets were installed to catch burnt out workers who thought their only escape from their production lines was suicide.
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Facebook changes - how you can still keep up with Friends of the Earth

The social media site Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg recently announced a significant shift away from public content to focus on content your family and friends share and comment on.    
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Economics for Earth

Singaporean Banks continue to fund the coal industry, despite 2018 being named ‘the year of climate action’ by the government of Singapore.

Market forces analysed lending activity from Singapore's big three banks revealing OCBC as Singapores dirtiest bank, with a total of US$1,142 million going towards the coal sector.
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