Food & Technology

Australians betrayed by regulators

Australian families risk consuming untested, unlabelled genetically modified (GM) food – including animal products – because federal agencies tasked with their protection have sided with the biotech industry and are proposing to deregulate a range of risky new GM techniques.
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Climate & Energy Justice

National doorknock to stop Adani

Adani says they’ve locked in funding for their dirty coal mine. So, now’s the time we need to push our politicians like never before to #StopAdani. The majority of Australians don’t support the Adani Carmichael coal mine, which is a proposed thermal coal mine in the north of the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland, yet the major parties do. Our politicians could #StopAdani tomorrow, but they won’t unless our movement is everywhere they look That’s why from October 6-7, people across the country are hitting the streets for the National Doorknock to #StopAdani. Will you join us?
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Climate & Energy Justice

Rise for Climate

From September 8, there will be thousands of rallies in cities and towns around the world to demand our local leaders commit to building a fossil free world that puts people and justice before profit. No more stalling, no more delays: it’s time for a fast and fair transition to 100% renewable energy for all.
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Economics for Earth

August 2018 Update

Another busy month around the network for Friends of the Earth Australia.
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Land & water

Stand Against Extinction

Where: Lawns of Parliament House, Canberra When: 8.30am, 10th September 2018 Why: Australia is facing a national extinction crisis.  But it doesn’t have to be this way. With strong new laws and more resources we can turn things around. Our goal for September 10 is to see 2,000 people, representing Australia’s 2000 threatened species, take a visible public stand against extinction on the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra.
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Land & water

Concerned about feral horses in Kosciuszko? Get walking

The damage of wild horses to alpine environments is well documented. However, the NSW government has decided to allow horse populations to continue to degrade the Alps. On the 3rd November, a group of bushwalkers will start a 35 day walk from Sydney to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko, to highlight the damage being caused by feral horses. They are looking for walkers to join them for all or some of the walk. The route will follow main and secondary roads, via Camden, Mittagong, Goulburn, Canberra, Cooma and Charlotte Pass.  With the support of the National Parks Associations of NSW and the ACT, and Bushwalking NSW, they are expecting large crowds at the start and finish of the walks. More detail is available on the Save Kosci web site (savekosci.org)
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Indigenous Land & Rights

Process not postcode for nuclear waste

In a matter of months, South Australia could be the reluctant home to Australia's nuclear waste. Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan is fast forwarding the process to approve a site for a national nuclear waste dump - he wants it done before the next election, putting politics before communities, cultural heritage and public safety.  TAKE ACTION: Send a message to the minister calling for a stop to this flawed process.  
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Land & water

Friends of the Earth reaction to Glyphosate court case

Friends of the Earth. Media release. August 11 2018 Friends of the Earth Australia today welcomed a decision in the Supreme Court of California to award school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson US$289million in damages after Johnson took legal action against pesticide company Monsanto. Johnson was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2014. His lawyers argued that Johnson’s regular use of Glyphosate, which he used up to 30 times a year in his work, caused the disease. Monsanto is facing 5,000 similar lawsuits across the United States. The jury in the Johnson case deliberated for 3 days before deciding the verdict.
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Economics for Earth

July 2018 Update

It has been a busy few months at Friends of the Earth. Most exciting was the addition of a new national project - Tipping Point.
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Economics for Earth

Secret China-led RCEP trade deal fails international standards of transparency, experts warn

PRESS RELEASE   Bangkok, Manila, New Delhi, Melbourne                                              July 20, 2018. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is being negotiated in Bangkok, Thailand this week. The mega regional trade deal involving sixteen nations from Asia-Pacific will impact the lives of over three billion people, yet a new study reveals how the deal fails international standards of transparency and public engagement. Experts measured the RCEP negotiations against criteria for Transparency and Public Participation in policy making. The outcome was a resounding FAIL. The report finds the RCEP negotiations to be: Non-transparent:  negligible public availability of official information on the state of negations, a failure to release draft texts and adequate details of key government positions.    Lacking in independent social, economic and environmental impact assessments, making it it particularly difficult for journalists to accurately report on the trade deal. Plagued by numerous examples of vested interests influencing the process, such as corporations holding privileged semi official role in negotiations    Deprived of Asian parliaments and elected officials representation and input. They are frequently shut out, have no  meaningful role in negotiations and often cannot access the text Devoid of public participation, which amounted to, at best, token or ad hoc stakeholder engagements.
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