Climate & Energy Justice

The ‘climate election’ we need to have

As pre polling opens for the 2022 federal election, climate change and the environment have been largely missing from the mainstream debate. Yet what happens at this election will impact climate and environment, in a time where science makes it abundantly clear that we don’t have time to waste if we want to avoid catastrophic climate change.
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Land & water

Another year. Still no national air fleet

Aerial firefighting capacity – planes and helicopters - are an essential component of Australia’s ability to respond to bushfires. This was demonstrated in the 2019-2020 bushfire season, when an unprecedented use of aircraft occurred. This summer was mild in the east but Western Australia saw months of terrible fires. Australia has a nationally co-ordinated fleet of about 150 planes and helicopters in an average fire season (with up to 500 aircraft available on call when needed). These are used for firefighting, winching fire crews into remote areas, intelligence gathering and guiding larger aircraft in their operations (called Air Attack Supervision). Large aircraft and helicopters are an essential part of these operations – Large Air Tankers, or LATs and Type 1 helicopters are used on large fires. In an average summer we will need at least 6 LATs. However, we need to lease them from overseas (one LAT is owned by the NSW Rural Fire Service).
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Climate & Energy Justice

Alarm that IPCC WGIII report on climate mitigation accepts overshoot of 1.5°C and relies on unproven technofixes that won’t curb runaway climate change

Once again, the IPCC’s findings have become a political battleground. Climate justice campaigners fear that climate scientists’ core message – that we must make an urgent just transition away from fossil fuels to limit the risk of runaway warming – is being undermined by the legitimisation of a 1.5 degree overshoot in modelled scenarios, and pathways that include unproven and speculative technologies to supposedly cool the planet later down the line. Activists and experts from Friends of the Earth International, the world’s largest grassroots environmental federation, gave their responses.
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Climate & Energy Justice

Statements from Pacific Elders Voice

The Pacific Elders Voice group of highly renowned present and former leaders has issued two strong statements in relation to major regional and global issues - new security moves by the Australian government and its partners in the AUKUS agreement, and the recently released Working Group II 6th Assessment Report of the IPCC. 
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Anti-nuclear

Nuclear facilities targeted in Russia's war on Ukraine

Several nuclear facilities in Ukraine have been attacked by the Russian military over the past fortnight: a nuclear research facility at Kharkiv; two radioactive waste storage sites; the Chernobyl nuclear site (which no longer has operating reactors); and the operating Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.
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Tour De Carmichael 2022 - Cycle For Country

Waddamuli (hello) It’s happening! From Monday 23rd to Friday 27th May we’re hosting the second Tour De Carmichael - a 5 day guided cycle tour on Wangan and Jagalingou Country.Save the date and call up your mates!
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Economics for Earth

FoEA News March 2022

March News and Events from across our federation, the flood frontlines, Ukraine, WOTCH Court Case, School Strike 4 Climate and much more...
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Climate & Energy Justice

Community solidarity after the floods

The news from south east Queensland and northern NSW is devastating. Among the harrowing stories of loss and destruction, there are many of mutual aid, solidarity, empathy and bravery. As author Rebecca Solnit explained so beautifully in her book ‘A Paradise Built in Hell’, during and after disasters, it is the self initiative and self organising of affected communities that does some of the best work at emergency relief and long term recovery. As the clean up gets underway, here are some ideas of local initiatives you may want to support.
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Anti-nuclear

Could the Ukraine conflict cause one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters?

Over the past week the Russian military has taken control of the Chernobyl nuclear site in Ukraine and there have been two near-misses with military attacks threatening radioactive waste sites. But the greatest nuclear hazards lie ahead and concern Ukraine’s operating nuclear power reactors. 
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Economics for Earth

FoEA News February 2022

It's a pleasure to bring you the first news of the year with a big update from Friends of the Earth this month. There's always a heap of action for you to get involved in - feel free to get it touch and ask how! If you are fresh to FoE we have a new 'Who We Are' Page on our website which gives a little look over how our federation works. 
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