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Land and Water

One of Friends of the Earth's primary objectives is to conserve, restore, and protect land and water. This task is the responsibility of every Australian, just as it has been for the First Nation peoples of this continent for millennia. Friends of the Earth helps communities to resist the destruction of sacred land, native forests and habitat, rivers and waterways, and other places we love.

This means that we do not see nature as separate to human society, but rather seek to 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, power, weapons and waste - must be stopped for the protection of country, land and water.

Friends of the Earth see environmental and social justice as intrinsically linked - you can't have one without the other.

Land & Water vision

  • Help develop a wider appreciation of First Nations land and water management among the community and policymakers
  • Habitats of plants and animals protected against industrial incursions
  • Pollution-free waterways in Australia, including steep reductions in the chemical run off from agricultural, industrial, logging and plantation activities
  • End logging, land clearing, and mining activities in ecologically and culturally sensitive areas
  • Agricultural land use valued above other industrial activities such as mining
  • Humans living in harmony with nature - not against it


Humans living in harmony with nature - not against it

Our work on Land and Water



Friends 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.

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Goongerah Environment Centre Office (GECO) is a grass roots community group based in the small town of Goongerah in far East Gippsland, Victoria.

Since 1993 GECO 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 monitoring, we act to protect high conservation value forests from logging.

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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.

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Friends 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.

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