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Walk to highlight Sea level rise: Port Philip Bay

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on November 11th, 2009

Source: Friends of the Earth Melbourne

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The Port Philip Rising group is going to walk the eastern side of Port Phillip Bay in Victoria and highlight the impacts of sea level rise on people, communities and landscapes along the way.

Sorrento – Port Melbourne – November 21 – 27 2009

…The sea is already rising at an increasing rate because of climate change. Scientists are predicting seas will rise globally by more than a metre by the end of this century, and perhaps much more. For example, melting of the Greenland ice sheet is accelerating, it contains the equivalent of about seven metres of sea-level rise. Around the world many thousands of communities will be lost and hundreds of millions of people will be displaced….

Leaving Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula, they will head north along the coast, marking the one metre level where possible with a simple marker (a stick with piece of blue ribbon).  They will walk between 15 and 20 kilometres a day, and welcome people and organisations to join in for sections of the walk, which will conclude in Port Melbourne. Early next year the walk will continue along the western side of the Bay.  During the walk, they will collect images and video grabs of people and places asking them to explain their concerns about climate change, sea level rise and what they want to see the state and federal governments to do; including Kevin Rudd at Copenhagen.

News, stories, images and video will posted as they go,  so visit the site often or sign on for updates.

The walk has been initiated by Friends of the Earth Melbourne in partnership with the Victorian Climate Action Centre.

Real Food Film Nights

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on July 31st, 2009

Source: Climate Action Calendar

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It’s time to reconnect with our food and the planet over some hot soup and some wonderful new films on food issues. We’ll revisit drawbacks of industrial farming, the food crisis and highlight the bright solutions taking shape around the globe. Discuss the latest updates on new and old food campaigns, plus you’ll be given the opportunity to take some action of your own through letter writing, petitions, postcards and maybe a visit to the supermarket or a bit of local digging!  Friends of the Earth Real Food Campaign.

Freshcelebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing their food system. Progressing from the industrial model, food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity to forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.
Screening Tue 4 Aug 6.30pm

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Posted in Seeking by foemelb on September 1st, 2008

Friends of the Earth Melbourne is currently seeking weekday volunteers for the Bookshop Collective.

*Are you a retiree, part-time worker, unemployed or a student?
*Do you want to help promote environmentally sustainable and ethically made products?
*Do you have experience or are you looking for experience in a retail environment?

We are currently seeking volunteers for Monday – Friday shifts

if interested, stop by the shop to fill out an application at:
312 Smith Street, Collingwood
~or contact~
(03) 9417 4564
(and ask to speak with Sarah or Meagen)

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View Volunteer Ad Poster

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The bookshop is run by volunteers, and there are two volunteer shifts each day:
10am-2pm, and 2pm-6pm Monday to Friday, and 10am-1pm and 1pm-4pm on Saturdays.
(currently we are only seeking volunteers for Monday through Friday shifts)

About the Volunteer Position:

In this volunteer position, you will be supporting an internationally known grassroots organization
by selling environmentally sustainable and ethically made products and by providing friendly customer
service to the Melbourne community.

During your 4 hour morning or afternoon shift, duties will include (but are not limited to), operational
activities in the bookshop such as: sorting and displaying stock, housekeeping, some light computer work,
customer service & sales and assisting the food co-op with minor cleaning tasks. Training will be provided.

Skills and Experience:
Good computer skills (email checking, entering stock, etc.)
Good customer service skills

Previous retail experience
Knowledge of Friends of the Earth campaigns and collectives

Benefits of Volunteering with Friends of the Earth:
Complimentary organic, vegetarian lunch on the day of your shift
10% bookshop discount
Knowing that you are helping a progressive grassroots organization achieve its goals.

Friends of the Earth Knitting Circle

Posted in Models by Ferne Edwards on August 7th, 2008

What a fantastic idea! Love the idea of making some winter warmies whilst discussing politics! Please see an event below as listed on the Friends of the Earth Melbourne newsletter.

Friends of the Earth Knitting Circle
What is a knitting circle, I hear you ask. Well it can be whatever you want it to be. It is basically a group of people that get together to knit, chat and share skills (and drinking tea and eating cake is also encouraged!) Whether you’ve never knitted and are wanting to learn, or are an experienced knitter perhaps looking for some social interaction and are happy to share your skills and promote the DIY craft of knitting. All levels, genders and ages are welcome.

Date: Thursdays from 3pm and Saturdays
Time: from 11am – starts this week but you can join at any time.
Location: Meet at the big table in the FOE cafe.

Please bring your own materials if you have them, I will bring along some spare needles and yarn for beginners. If these times don’t suit you but you are keen, please email Sarah at bookshop

See for more info.

Friends of the Earth Bookshop
312 Smith St, Collingwood, VIC 3066
Ph: 03 9417 4564
Fax: 03 9416 2081

Friends of Earth Knitting Circle

Consume less, live more! website from Friends of the Earth International

Posted in Visions by Ferne Edwards on August 6th, 2008

Please see a resource below as listed on the Friends of the Earth Melbourne newsletter.

Consume less, live more!
We have launched an exciting new project on our website and we’d love you to be a part of it!

Check it out here:

Ever wondered what the real secret to happiness is? Ever thought that you can make simple choices which will not only make you happier but the whole planet too? Visit our website for guaranteed fun and inspiration!


Get involved with Friends of the Earth Melbourne II

Posted in Seeking by Ferne Edwards on May 20th, 2008

From Friends of the Earth Melbourne:
Would you like to be trained to provide talks to community groups on promoting climate justice and preventing runaway climate change? FoE receives requests from a range of community groups to provide talks on climate change. These are important opportunities to increase awareness about climate justice and climate change issues, and to promote FoE’s valuable work in this area.

We are inviting applications from people who would like to provide talks to community groups about these issues on FoE’s behalf, on a voluntary
basis (though travel expenses incurred through making presentations would be reimbursed). Successful applicants will be trained to prepare for their
role, focusing on skill development in public speaking, presentation techniques, understanding climate justice and climate change issues, and responding to questions from the audience. Approximately 5 hours of training will be provided.

Successful applicants would do approximately one talk per month, and we are hoping for a commitment of at least six months. Handout material and a
PowerPoint presentation (for those situations in which it is needed) will be provided by FoE for presenters to use.

To be eligible, you must be either a current or former FoE member, and/or have donated time (e.g. through volunteering on a specific task or campaign) or money to FoE. You would need to understand FoE’s general principles and philosophies concerning our social justice and environmental work, and have at least a moderate understanding of climate change and climate justice issues. You don’t need to be a great public speaker, but be someone who likes to communicate with people and be willing to improve your presentation skills.

If you are interested please contact Arius, arius.tolstoshev asap.

Get involved with Friends of the Earth Melbourne I

Posted in Seeking by Ferne Edwards on May 20th, 2008

From Friends of the Earth Melbourne:
Helpers needed for FoE mail outs
Several times a year, copies of Chain Reaction (our national magazine) and the Melbourne newsletter are mailed out to all our members. This is one of the main ways we spread the word on issues of environmental and social justice. With a rapidly expanding support base, this is becoming quite a large operation! If you would like to become a part of the volunteer team which makes this happen, please email chris.clark All volunteers will receive the latest copy of the Chain Reaction magazine and a tasty lunch from our café downstairs.

Friends of Earth Melbourne