Friends of the Earth Australia is a national federation composed of autonomous member groups.

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A decentralised federation of autonomous groups

Each group needs to meet certain membership criteria and is self-managing in terms of it’s campaigns, decision making structures and fundraising


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Aims and objectives

Member groups must be working to protect and/or educate about the natural environment, and align themselves with the aims and objectives of Friends of the Earth Australia.


Protect, and educate about the protection, of the natural environment

Planet Earth

To preserve and protect the natural environment in Australia

To promote public awareness of environmental issues in Australia through public awareness activities and the production of leaflets, booklets, videos and other educational materials

To assist other people and organisations interested in these objectives to carry out their tasks through the maintenance of resource centre’s, newsletters, magazines and communication with like-minded national and international bodies


Operate in an environmental justice framework

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The idea that environmental and social justice issues are intrinsically linked


Support First Nations struggles

Aboriginal Flag

Sovereignty of the lands now called Australia were never ceded.

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Build movement towards a self-managed society

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To stimulate a movement of social change towards an ecologically stable and self-managed society

Centring front line voices and empowering communities to defend and transform themselves


Work for human rights and dismantling oppression

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The development of a society that recognises the need to protect the natural environment and the frontline communities caring for the environment. Where climate justice is centred in a society that is free from racism, sexism, ageism, economic exploitation and discrimination based on sexuality, gender or disability, and that supports the rights of women, First Nations people, people of colour, minority ethnic groups, the young and the aged, LGBTQIA+ community, people with disabilities, the working class and the unemployed


Work for gender justice and dismantling patriarchy

Activists marching in under a Dismantle Patriarchy banner

Friends of the Earth recognises that the environmental and social justice problems facing the Earth will not be solved by incremental reform of oppressive, exploitative structures, and therefore FOE supports activities and organisations, which seek to dismantle and bring about an end to oppressive and exploitative structures such as environmental extractivism, capitalism, colonialism and patriarchy. The attainment and implementation of these objectives will be carried out in accordance with a recognition of the need to abolish all forms of oppression and environmental and social exploitation including those based on class, gender, ethnicity, sexual preference, age or disability.  

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Work for economic justice and dismantling capitalism

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Friends of the Earth Australia Committee of Management

A Committee of Management is appointed at the national meeting held in the fourth quarter each year and is composed of representatives of at least three member groups.

Committee of Management 2019/2020 

 

 

 

Sam Castro
Secretary
Friends of the Earth Melbourne 

 

Jim Green
Committee Member
Friends of the Earth Melbourne

 

Katherine Cunningham
Committee Member
Earthworker
Claud Gallois
Committee Member
Friends of the Earth Melbourne
   

 

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Secretariat

These individuals are employed to provide administrative and other support to the Federation. The Secretariat is currently housed in the Friends of the Earth Melbourne office.

Sam Castro
Operations Coordinator
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Tara Stevenson
Finance Coordinator
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Cam Walker
Campaigns Coordinator
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Beata Szinyi
Human Resources Coordinator
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Jess Tran
Database Coordinator
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Jess Trevena
Safeguarding & Wellbeing Convenor
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Zianna Fuad
National Liaison Convenor
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Lisa Arnold
Finance Worker
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Phil Evans
Projects Coordinator
[email protected]
 

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National Liaison Officers

Communication between member groups is facilitated by the National Liaison Officers.

National Liaison Officers are nominated by member groups, and then elected annually via a consensus ballot at the Annual General Meeting.

Internal and external communication is largely coordinated by this group, including internal email lists, social media, website etc.

A convenor of the National Liaison Officers' collective is appointed by those elected and serves as part of the Secretariat of the organisation.

The NLO collective can be contacted via [email protected]

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International Liaison Officers

Friends of the Earth Australia is a member of Friends of the Earth International in the Asia Pacific region. Communication Friends of the Earth Asia Pacific and International is facilitated by the International Liaison Officers.

International Liaison Officers are nominated by member groups, and then elected annually via a consensus ballot at the Annual General Meeting.

The International Liaison Officers' collective can be contacted via [email protected]

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Friends of the Earth International

Friends of the Earth Australia is a member of Friends of the Earth International which is the world's largest grassroots environmental network, uniting 77 national member groups and some 5,000 local activist groups on every continent. With over 2 million members and supporters around the world, we campaign on today's most urgent environmental and social issues. We challenge the current model of economic and corporate neoliberal globalization, and promote solutions that will help to create environmentally sustainable and socially just societies.

The Asia Pacific region of Friends of the Earth is the most diverse region, encompassing groups from the global North and the global South. Member groups from the region are very active in community-based struggles against mining and other extractive industries. They work hand-in-hand with indigenous peoples, peasant farmers, and fisher folk to secure sustainable livelihoods and fight against vulnerability to "natural disasters".

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Funding

All Friends of the Earth member groups are responsible for managing their own funds.

Membership fees from individuals, donations, regular giving programs, foundations and fundraising ventures are the main income source of most local groups. Please contact the relevant group to get a copy of their annual report. 

National campaigns and projects, such as the magazine Chain Reaction, rely on the following sources of income: individual donations, foundations, merchandise, and bequests. 

Any offer of financial support from business and corporate interests is carefully screened.

Financial reports are found in the annual reports which are available here.

All institutional and philanthropic donors are acknowledged in our annual reports. We generally do not name individual donors in our reports in order to protect their privacy.

According to our international membership criteria, national Friends of the Earth Australia member groups must be independent from political parties, economic interests, state and religious organisations. 

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Did you know that Friends of the Earth Australia was founded protesting against a proposed nuclear facility in Victoria?

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