Economics for Earth

Solidarity with Filipino activists barricading Oceana Gold

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.
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Land & water

Deadline Now Reached for Professional Fishing Licence "Buy Out" in Gippsland Lakes

April 1 2020 marked the deadline for the buy-out of the ten remaining Professional Fishermen who had operated without catch limits in the Gippsland Lakes, Australia's largest inland waterway. Black Bream annual harvest catches had progressively reduced from 480 tonnes in 1984/5 to 13 tonnes in 2017/18. The buy-out was in the order of $8 million.
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Land & water

10-year legal exemptions rolled over, VIC and Federal govs fail to protect threatened species

Legal exemption for the logging industry from federal environment law was signed off on Monday for another ten years in spite of the horrific impacts of the bushfires on forests and wildlife. 
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Economics for Earth

Responding to the Covid-19 Outbreak: A Blueprint for Climate Justice

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.
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Economics for Earth

Friends of the Earth Australia statement on the Coronavirus/ COVID-19

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.
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Indigenous Land & Rights

Contractors caught in breach of Cultural Heritage Management Plan at Deebing Creek

This media release was issued by the Goori Sovereign Land Council on 20 March 2020.
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Economics for Earth

Bushfire survivors call on banks to stop funding climate crisis

The Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action group has sent an open letter to the major Australian banks calling on them to stop funding new fossil fuel projects and to set dates by which their exposure to coal, oil and gas will be completely phased out, in line with 1.5 degrees of global warming.
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Land & water

China and India Dominate Pesticide Import Breaches on Food

Friends of the Earth has produced a new report investigating breaches to Australian food import regulations between the years 2017-2019. The data was compiled by analysing data published in Monthly Failing Food Reports produced by the Department of Agriculture. Map highlighting where most Australian imported food breaching MRL's was sourced from can be found here  
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Land & water

Take Action: Say no to the nuclear waste dump plan

The National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment Bill amends the National Radioactive Waste Management Act to specifically target South Australia for a national nuclear waste 'facility' ‒ a repository for low-level waste and an above-ground 'interim' store for long-lived intermediate-level waste including nuclear reactor fuel waste.
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Food & Technology

GM dairy products could soon enter our supermarkets with no safety assessment or labelling

As reported on ABC’s Background Briefing, Victoria based company – Total Livestock Genetics – has bred dairy cows from ‘gene edited’ bulls whose genomes have since been found to unintentionally contain bacterial DNA. Furthermore, our food regulator Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has proposed regulatory changes that mean milk from these cows could enter our supermarkets with no safety assessment or labelling.
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