45 years of activism
For 45 years, Friends of the Earth Melbourne has been a hub for creative action planning, workshops, campaign info nights and meetings of activist collectives fighting for social and environmental justice
With more people than ever getting involved in environmental issues, we have started to rock the foundations of our humble home on Smith Street!
The space is literally starting to fall apart around us!
In 2018, we secured a grant to help us renovate (yay!) and work started over the summer break with essential safety upgrades (reparing floors, wiring, and getting to work on the kitchen).
There's just one problem...
We blew the budget. No work has been done on the space for nearly 2 decades, so costs for the first stage of the project have exceeded all our expectations. With 13 collectives and many volunteers relying on the space to use daily, we need your help to get this project finished, so that we can get back to the job of campaigning for social and environmental justice.
Here’s why we need your help
There's a reason we havent spent money on the space until now. As a grassroots group without huge cash flow, we put as many resources as possible into supporting community activism for climate action.
And with good reason. Investing in community and volunteers has won us a Victorian Renewable Energy Target, banned fracking in Victoria, protcted the Strzelecki forests and much, much more! All with people power!
Please help us get back to the work we are great at!
The renovations are underway, but with increasing costs, every penny we spend over budget will detract from spending on the really important stuff - like shutting down the fossil fuel industry, and protecting the last of Victoria's precious old growth forests.
What we need
With $5000 we can finish stage one of the project: the floors, the walls, a new kitchen, and accesibility rails on the stairs.
With $10,000 we can finish all that *and* start stage 2: transforming the room with tech and functional upgrades, so that we can maximise the space for banner painting, prop making, fundriasers, campaign events and meetings for FoE collectives and the broader activist community.
With $15,000 we can get the meeting space fully functional *and* start thinking about replacing the staircase.
What's in it for you?
Luckily, we have some great friends! There's some wonderful art, merch and gifts on offer when you help us out. All contributions come with those warm and fuzzy feelings, knowing you're helping to keep the heart of Melbourne activism beating!
Please note that these contribitions are not tax-deductible. If you'd like to make a tax-deductible donation, you can do so on our website.
Friends of the Earth acknowledge that we meet and work on the land of the Wurundjeri people and that sovereignty of the land of the Kulin Nations was never ceded. We pay respect to their Elders, past and present, and acknowledge the pivotal role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to play within the community.