Constructive and Oppositional Politics
Friends of the Earth has a unique view on social change; we believe it takes both proactive and reactive campaigning to deliver real outcomes.
There has tended to be a split between organisations that are working at a reactive level (ie campaigning to stop inappropriate developments and resource extraction) and those that are working at a more proactive level (ie. on community development and sustainable employment initiatives). FoE believes that the poor social and environmental outcomes that we see are manifestations of underlying social dysfunctions, it therefore makes sense to integrate both proactive and reactive work - to focus on both 'constructive' and 'oppositional' politics. At a basic level, while we are saying 'NO' to something, we also need to be saying 'YES' to something else.
Come along to an Introduction night to hear more about Friends of the Earth Brisbane's theory of change.