Friends of the Earth would like to acknowledge that our work and lives across so-called Australia play out on lands that were stolen, and have been illegally occupied by the colonial state for over 200 years. This statement clarifies our position on the Voice, as the Referendum approaches and more groups take public stances on it.
First Nations people have fought for real, material, system change for 250+ years and this will continue beyond the Voice referendum. Non-indigenous people must listen deeply and find ways to support the resistance on-the-ground. Some of those ways are listed below. Please get in contact with us via [email protected] if you have suggestions to add to this list of groups.
Friends of the Earth Australia is turning 50 next year. During its first five decades, the federation has constantly changed and evolved as new generations of activists have joined the organisation, external politics have changed, and new issues have emerged. But from its inception, it has seen itself as being a radical ecology group that recognises the need to transform our cultural, political and economic systems to sustainable and equitable social systems, if we are going to be able to protect the environment in the long term.
January 26 is a day of mourning for First Nations people, also known as Invasion Day, or Survival Day. Here are some events across the continent where First Nations people and allies are invited to participate in an act of resistance against continuing systemic racism, deaths in custody and the colonial project. This Invasion Day marks 235 years since British military forces invaded Gadigal land and declared British rule over this continent, along with Aotearoa and other Pacific Islands.
Cassius Turvey, a 15-year-old Noongar boy, was walking home from school with his friends on the afternoon of October 13 when he was brutally killed after alleged racial slurs were heard towards him and his friends. There needs to be a huge response to this horrific racist violence, that exposes the systemic and individual acts of racism that are still continuously present in colonial Australia.
This year on World Environment Day, Gunditjmara Whale Dreaming Custodians and Local Gunditj community of the Warrnambool area invited the general community to come together and share in ceremony and the story of Koontapool, the Southern Right Whale, in celebration of their annual return to Gunditjmara Sea Country. This was a special, profound, and unique event for the Warrnambool community.
The Solwara Warriors are fighting deep sea mining in the Pacific, Jonathan Mesulam and Nat Lowrey write for Chain Reaction #141.
Stella Miria-Robinson shares powerful Pacific perspectives on migration, for Chain Reaction #141.
Volker Boege writes for Chain Reaction #141 on the importance of including Pacific spirituality in climate justice.