Friends of the Earth are excited to team up with the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) for the third session of the Solidarity Economy series of online events.
Thanks to everyone who took action to call on the Queensland Government to cancel Land Forces 2020.
Here at FoE, we are more busy than ever, carrying on with our work to address the roots of existing inequalities and fight for environmental and social justice. We are also deeply committed to achieving a just response to the virus. With the fullest newsletters we've had this year - there are many opportunities to join our events (virtually) and take action from home.
Even in times of peace, war, and making a killing off of it, is never an essential activity or service. So why would the Queensland State Government sponsor and allow a huge convergence of arms and defence manufacturers in the middle of the worst global pandemic in a century?
We were still grappling with the effects of the unprecedented bushfire season and the growing public awareness of what our new realities might be in a climate-changed world, before Covid19 dominated our every conversation and thought. Now, we are still struggling to understand and deal with the very real economic impacts on our communities, cooperatives and membership.
Friends of the Earth Philippines have reported that around 100 members of the police accompanied fuel tanks entering a Oceana Gold copper and gold mining facility in the Philippines breaking a community barricade. Friends of the Earth Australia expresses solidarity and support to the community taking a stand.
In response to the economic impacts of the outbreak of the Coronavirus/ Covid-19, state and federal governments are now announcing rolling, large-scale stimulus packages to keep the economy afloat. These already total billions of dollars and are likely to be ongoing. This is both a threat and an opportunity for the future of the economy, the climate and ecosystems at a time of overlapping crises.
The Coronavirus/ COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world overnight. Our priorities, at the personal, local, national and global level, must now be influenced by the need to contain and move past the pandemic. This means a massive investment in our communities and economies.