Friends of the Earth Brisbane is part of a larger family of groups from all corners of the globe striving for social change.
Friends of the Earth International was founded in Sweden 1971 and has since grown to become one of the largest federations of organisations in the world, with member groups in over 60 countries. Each group is unique and autonomous within the FoE International network. This allows for incredible diversity between groups. The main characteristic that distinguishes FoE from other high profile environmental advocacy organisations is the recognition that environmental sustainability and social justice are fundamentally linked. This is reflected in the campaign priorities of FoE groups throughout the world.
Friends of the Earth Australia officially began in 1971, with a group in Adelaide. For many, the establishment of FoE in Australia was important because it offered, and continues to offer an alternative to the often hierarchical structures of other environment groups by choosing to work on a grass roots activist level. Traditionally, FoE Australia has campaigned strongly on issues such as Uranium mining, Indigenous Solidarity, Native Forest protection and Waste minimisation. FoE Australia is currently comprised of 13 local groups and 3 regional contacts.