Media Releases

New poll shows most Australians support change to trade rules for fair access to vaccines for low-income countries

Jul 15, 2021

UNICEF-Ethiopia.jpgAn Essential Media poll released today shows that 62 per cent of Australians believe the Australian government should support the effort to temporarily waive World Trade Organisation patent rules for COVID-19 vaccines to enable quicker and fairer access to vaccines for low-income countries.

Corporate Cane Toad Award 2021: Rio Tinto and Mayur Resources receive Australia’s most toxic award

Jul 09, 2021

Rio-Tinto-2.jpgRio Tinto and Mayur Resources were awarded the Corporate Cane Toad Award for their roles in contributing to environmental destruction and/or human rights violations worldwide [1]. The winners were announced at a ceremony in Melbourne after a month of public voting in which over 1000 people voted for the six companies nominated.


Historic victory: judge forces Shell to drastically reduce CO2 emissions globally.

May 27, 2021

Friends of the Earth wins climate case against Shell.

Friends of the Earth outside the court

Nigerian farmers & Friends of the Earth Netherlands win Shell oil pollution case

Feb 02, 2021

The Court of Appeal in The Hague has today ( 29 January 2021 ) ruled in favour of Friends of the Earth Netherlands/Milieudefensie and four Nigerians on most points in an oil pollution case that was first brought against Shell in 2008. 

EPBC final report our best chance to head off further extinctions

Jan 29, 2021

EPBC_Review_(2).jpgAustralia’s federal environmental laws - the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act - are broken.

FoE takes Shell to court #ClimateCase

Dec 01, 2020

Shell Oil, one of the biggest climate polluters in the world, finally faces court in December

This is a potential game-changer because if successful, Friends of the Earth Netherlands historic climate case against Shell would rule that the oil corporation must reduce its CO2 emissions by 45% by 2030 and to zero by 2050. This would have global repercussions that would extend to Shell's investments in Australia.

Angus Taylor’s ‘Technology Roadmap’ leads to catastrophic climate impacts

Sep 22, 2020

Angus Taylor at the National Press Club

Community driven environment group Friends of the Earth Australia says Minister Angus Taylor’s “Technology Roadmap” will lead the country towards catastrophic climate impacts.

New Report shows that the Strzelecki Koala Faces an Uncertain Future

Aug 27, 2020

New report shows that the Strzelecki Koala faces an uncertain future

Between December 2019 and July 2020, Environmental group, Friends of the Earth, carried out 200 koala surveys in the Strzelecki Ranges and Gippsland Region. The surveys hoped to better understand habitat utilisation by koalas in the region. The surveys add to other survey work conducted in the region between 2013-16.

SA Government must oppose feds nuclear waste dump

Jul 23, 2020

Community opposition to the nuclear waste dump with large inflatable nuclear waste bin

The recent announcement by federal resources minister Keith Pitt that a new 'Australian Radioactive Waste Agency' will be established and located in Adelaide is the latest move by the federal government to impose a national nuclear waste dump in SA.

Nuclear status quo in federal environmental law review

Jul 20, 2020

Don't nuclear waste Australia banner held by community members

National and state environment groups have given a cautious welcome to the continuation of long-standing protections against nuclear risks in the current statutory review of the Environmental Protection Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act – Australia’s federal environmental laws. The interim report released today has stated that the Commonwealth should maintain the capacity to intervene in uranium mining and made no recommendation to change existing prohibitions on nuclear activities, including domestic nuclear power.