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We must reconnect with nature to ensure we protect biodiversity for generations to come.

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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 Nyah-Vinifera forest and Wadi Wadi people meeting to plan for future initiatives.

Friends of the the Earth meet with local Friends of the Nyah-Vinifera forest group and Wadi Wadi People to plan for future initiatives in 2016.

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.

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

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.

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

Land & Water Campaign Work

Friends of the Earth participate in Alliances with other environmental, community, union, and other groups to work for the protection of land and water, including:

We are also building people-powered campaigns relating to biodiversity, land and water use.

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


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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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 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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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.

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Latest Publications

2020 - Koala Surveys: Strzelecki Ranges/Gippsland Regions December 2019 — July 2020

2020 - Pesticide Breaches and Australian Imported Food 2017-2019

2017 - Lawless Logging: An investigation into breaches of the regulatory framework governing logging operations in Victoria

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.

On the 30th of August I presented information at the Tasmania session of the United Nation's Special Rapporteur on Toxics and Humans Rights. The...
The alpine regions of the Snowy Mountains are in one of Australia's most loved national parks. However, feral horses are damaging sensitive alpine ecosystems...
The answer to this question, is probably yes depending on where you live.  Pesticides in waterways are a common occurrence. Pesticides can wash off...