Land and Water

One of Friends of the Earth's primary objectives is to conserve, restore, and protect the land and water. This task is the responsibility of every Australian, just as they have been for the first peoples of this continent for millennia.

Friends of the Earth campaigns resist the destruction of sacred land, habitat, natural wonders, and transform our society to one that lives in harmony with the land as well ensuring that life-giving water is treated with the value it deserves.

For decades Friends of the Earth have been working with Traditional Owners and communities to resist the expansion of the nuclear industry in Australia. The entire cycle - mining, weapons and waste - must be stopped for the protection of country, land and water. Read more about our anti-nuclear campaign here.

Our Vision

  • To help develop a wider appreciation of indigenous peoples land and water management among the community and policymakers.
  • To see pollution-free waterways in Australia.  Including steep reducitions in the chemical run off from agricultural, industrial, logging and plantation activities.
  • To end logging, land clearing, and mining activities in ecologically and culturally sensitive areas.
  • To see agricultural land use valued above other industrial activities such as mining.
  • To see the habitats of plants and animals protected against industrial incursions. 

Campaign work

We are also building campaigns relating to protection of land and water ecosystems.

Check out your local Friends of the Earth local group to find out about how to get involved with local activity.

Information on national campaign work:

Anti-nulcearFriends of the Earth believe that the radioactive racism of the nuclear industry in Australia must be stopped. We work with First Nations and front line communities to resist all parts of the nuclear cycle: mining, nuclear power, nuclear waste, and nuclear weapons. Friends of the Earth have worked for over forty years researching, educating and actively campaigning on nuclear issues. We aim to protect people and the environment from damage by the nuclear industry and promote safe, clean and sustainable energy solutions.


GECOGoongerah Environment Centre Office (GECO) is a grass roots community group based in the small town of Goongerah in far East Gippsland, Victoria. Since 1993 we have campaigned for protection of East Gippsland’s forests. Using a variety of strategies including education and raising public awareness, political lobbying, non violent direct action,citizen science and forest monitoringwe act to protect high conservation value forests from logging.


WOTCH is a volunteer-run grassroots organisation dedicated to protecting Victoria's native forests through the use of citizen science, community engagement and advocacy. We survey in the Central Highlands of Victoria, from Toolangi in the west all the way to Baw Baw in the east. WOTCH has managed to protect over 1500ha from logging since it was established in 2014. But sometimes surveying alone isn’t enough to save an area. That’s when the WOTCH community steps in and bands together to tell our elected representatives what we stand for, and we stand for forests.

Pesticide FreeFriends of the Earth have been working to create pesticide and chemical free food and agricultural systems. We are currently tracking contamination in many river systems nationwide, as well as tracking drinking water contamination. We have completed multiple mapping exercises and reports on pesticide issues.


Land & Water News

Friends of the Earth believe that it is time to live in harmony with the natural environment and stop trying to tame it with excessive land clearing and mining, deforestation and pesticide use.

The are two distinct koala populations in Victoria and South Australia. One is the endemic Strzelecki koala of South Gippsland Victoria and the other...
Snobs Creek Fish Hatchery plays a vital role in ensuring the long term survival of vulnerable native species such as Murray Cod, and the...
News is filtering through about the destruction of a mining camp owned by Hanrine Exploration in Ecuador on August 25. Hanrine is a subsidiary...