Climate Justice

We must increase Australia's climate target!

Jul 15, 2022

The Albanese government has increased Australia’s ambition on climate change, increasing the previous Coalition government’s embarrassing target of 26-28% emissions reduction on 2005 levels by 2030 to a target of 43% by 2030. 

However, the latest climate science makes it clear that if we are to have a hope of holding global warming well below 2°C, the deepest emissions cuts need to be made before 2030. Australia must do its part within the international community, as a wealthy country and large exporter of fossil fuels, to meet this challenge.

At the UN-sponsored COP27 climate talks to be held in November 2022, countries will be asked to declare their updated plans to cut emissions by 2030. This is Australia’s chance to show that it is acting on the climate crisis with the seriousness that the latest science and evidence of already devastating impacts demand. 

Please send an email to the Albanese Government, calling on the Australian government to lift its ambition on climate change.

 

 


There is no climate justice without LGBTIQA+ liberation

Nov 16, 2021

This article was written for Chain Reaction magazine by queer, enviro and social justice activists, Zianna Fuad (they/them) and Phil Evans (he/him or they/them), who are part of the Friends of the Earth community.

Activists at Friends of the Earth paint a LGBTIQA banner


MEDIA RELEASE: Vic Energy Minister spot on - Time for Angus Taylor to get a move on with offshore wind laws

May 07, 2020

The Victorian government has stepped up its advocacy for offshore wind, with Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio telling the federal government to “put ideology aside”, stop delaying and bring offshore wind laws to Parliament.

Friends of the Earth welcome the Minister’s comments, and says legislating for offshore wind is critical to pave the way for the sector, which could be a game changer for climate action and play a key role in post-Covid recovery efforts.


Australia's first offshore wind farm Star of the South takes major step forward with EES referral

Apr 09, 2020

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National environment group Friends of the Earth have welcomed the referral of Australia’s first offshore wind farm the Star of the South project to state and federal planning and environment ministers, and says building renewable energy could be key to the post-Covid recovery effort. 

“The Star of the South offshore wind farm would be a game changer for new renewable energy supply and taking action on climate change in Victoria. It will create thousands of jobs and mark the beginning of a whole new sector” said Pat Simons, Friends of the Earth’s renewable energy spokesperson.


Greenies, arson & bushfires - A summer of disinformation

Jan 13, 2020

With fires devastating communities and landscapes across much of the country, it has been a sombre start to the year. The focus, of course, must be on stopping the fires, protecting people, animals and landscapes, and initial disaster relief. But we must also have the conversation about why these fires have been so bad, and what we need to do to reduce future fire risk.

All those affected by the bushfire—the firefighters, first responders, community members, and wildlife — are front of mind for us.  


Bushfires and climate change

Dec 10, 2019

Bushfire Fact Check & Info:

Climate Change, Land management & Government Inaction


Human Rights and Climate Change Conference: Reflection & Summary

Oct 20, 2019

Speakers from across the Pacific Islands and Australia came together on the 11th October 2019 at The University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute to discuss the specific human rights, including Indigenous rights, immediately challenged by the global climate crisis. The conference showcased stories of vulnerability, but also resilience; demonstrated via Indigenous Australian and Pacific Islander experiences on the frontline of climate change impacts, but also as global leaders in charting responses that uphold human rights.