Friends of the Earth Brisbane is a 100% volunteer run and owned environmental campaign co-op. We are dedicated in our work across a broad array of environmental issues and believe that sustainability and social justice go hand in hand.
Sometimes we struggle and sometimes we get scared of where our world is heading. But we are at our core optimistic, of what we can achieve together, with our feet rooted in the past and our minds fixed clearly on the future.
We ask you to join with us over the next month, take time to come to an event or become a supporter, and join us in the journey towards a sustainable and just planet.
Soup and Stories - Tales from the Front Lines of Activism
Thursday 10th May 6pm
Join June Norman and Six Degrees for the first night of Soup and Stories. June walked the 550km coal seam gas pipeline and coal railway route from Kumburilla in the Darling Downs to Gladstone to meet the UN delegation in March.
Don't miss her tell the story of the journey, a unique insight into the communities at the forefront of climate change.
The event is free. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
Between Durban and Rio: Ian Fry, Tuvalu's Climate Negotiator
Thursday 17th May, 6pm
Did anything good come out of the latest UN climate change negotiations for Tuvalu and other vulnerable Pacific Island nations, and can they expect anything significant from the Rio+20 Earth summit?
Hear Ian Fry, the international climate change negotiator for the government of the Pacific Island nation of Tuvalu. This is a free event. Click here for more details.
Practical Skills in Community Activism Workshop
Sunday 13th May, 9am-4pm
Get the skills to run powerful, community driven campaigns! Join with Friends of the Earth and Qld Environmental Activist Network campaigners for a fantastic day of practical activist skills.
- Learn how to facilitate like a pro
- Explore how to make social change, and what underpins your own theory of change
- Connect with other organisers and build strong networks.
$15 for half day, $30 for full day. RSVP to email@example.com
Salvage Garden - A Reverse Garbage Exhibition (with the Gremlins and the Mouldy Lovers!)
Saturday 12th May, 6pm
Reverse Garbage's autumn exhibition will showcase the work of over 30 local artists, craft workers and designers who work with salvaged materials.
As well as the usual free finger food, cash bar and late night warehouse shopping, there will also be a ticketed performance by the Woodfordian stree performers The Gremlins, and a free gig by the West End gypsy junkers - The Mouldy Lovers.
Click here for more.
Resources, announcements and other juicy tit bits...
FoE gets a video game! Age of Yasuni - Game of Resistance
Oilwatch have created a video game called Age of Yasuni, in which they present the conflict that original people have with petroleum activity in a range of cases (Yasuni in the Amazon for one). You win if you can prevent the contruction of the oil well on your land; the game is simple, and appropriate for all ages.
Download the APP or GooglePlay game now.
Citizen's Movement for Establishing the Right to Evacuate - FoE Japan
A year after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, in the wake of the Japanese Government refusing to compensate evacuees from high radiation zones, residents and NGOs have mobilised a civic movement to hold the Government accountable.
This booklet documents a history of the movement and articulates a right to evacuate as a basic principle.
BHP seeks costs against Arabunna after challenge to uranium mine expansion fails
April 22: Indymedia
In a packed courtroom today, Justice Besanko dismissed Uncle Kevin Buzzacott's challenge of the Federal approval of the Olympic Dam expansion. The judge did not discuss his reasons in court.
Both BHP and the Federal Government are seeking costs from Kevin Buzzacott. The hearing was held in the Federal Court on the 3rd and 4th April.
"The speed with which this decision was made suggests pressure to resolve the matter as quickly as possible so as not to impact the project," said Nectaria Calan of Friends of the Earth Adelaide.
Read more here.
GetUp produce Coal Seam Gas map
Activist network GetUp have got an awesome new CSG map on their website to which you can log an incident or tell people your story.
Click here to go to the map.