Markets for Change

Markets for Change is a market-focused environmental non government organisation that investigates and exposes the companies and products driving environmental destruction, creating the impetus for retailers to adopt environmentally and socially responsible procurement policies to help create an environmentally responsible market. MFC’s current focus is on retailers selling furniture, flooring, DIY, paper and tissue products that come from Australia’s threatened native forests and from forest destruction overseas.

In Retailing the Forests: Confronting the Australian Retail Sector’s Involvement in Native Forest Destruction, MFC identifies the role some of Australia’s biggest retail chains in driving the destruction of threatened native forests in Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales and Western Australia through the stocking and selling of furniture, flooring and paper ranges made from these native forests.

Read the reports to get informed about forest destruction and learn how you can make a difference (retailer and consumer solutions).

PO Box 3087, West Hobart, TAS 7000
mfc@marketsforchange.org

www.marketsforchange.org

Matrix Guild

Matrix Guild Victoria was founded in 1992 by a group of lesbian feminists for the benefit of lesbians over forty years of age. We promote appropriate care and support for older lesbians. We challenge ageism and oppose discrimination. We provide some accommodation in Victoria for older lesbians who are financially disadvantaged.

Matrix has a free visiting service where lesbian volunteers meet with isolated older lesbians in their homes or residences for a minimum of two hours per month. If you would like to join either the Matrix Guild Victoria as a general member or the management committee, please contact us today. Send and email to the Secretary of the Matrix Guild Victoria

PO Box 99 Fairfield VIC 3078

www.matrixguildvic.org.au

Melbourne Activist Legal Support

Melbourne Activist Legal Support is a volunteer organisation that provides legal assistance to groups and communities exercising their right to undertake grassroots political action. MALS is establishing itself with the long term aim of providing direct protest support services at major demonstrations: monitoring police engagement with protesters, providing basic legal information to persons at risk of being arrested, and coordinating litigation support in conjunction with law firms and community legal centres.

Since the expansion of police and PSO move-on powers by the Napthine Government, MALS has also undertaken campaign activities for the establishment of greater protections for the right to protest.

The MALS website has lots of handy legal resources and keeps you up to date on legal observer training, activist legal support training and know your rights workshops. MALS also holds information nights for legal experts and law students as well as activists who are interested in getting involved with the group. Register on the website to get involved.

email available via website

melbourneactivistlegalsupport.org

Melbourne Anarchist Club

The Melbourne Anarchist Club is a space and a group of individuals who aim to promote the ideas of anarchism. Anarchism is both a political philosophy and a social movement. As a social movement, anarchism aims to create a classless, non-hierarchical society; that is, a society without rulers (anarchy). As a political philosophy, anarchism maintains that the creation of such a society is both possible and desirable.

We run a bookshop and a library and host regular meetings and public events such as reading groups and films. Come along or signup to our Google group list.

Melbourne Farmers Markets

Our farmers' markets are dedicated to Victorian food and producers, regional food cultures, seasonal produce, biodiversity, sustainable farming practices and the strengthening of relationships between the consumer and the producer. Shopping at Melbourne Farmers' Markets means you guarantee your money goes directly back to the farmer. No middle man. No supermarket contracts. At the markets you'll find seasonal, organic and heirloom varieties of fruit and veggies, organic, free range and rare breed meats, farmhouse dairy, artisan bread, olive and seed oils, preserves, antipasto, honey, jams, sauces, chutneys, dried fruit, mayonnaise and the likes…

Find a local market on the website and take a look at all the foodie events.

Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute

The Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI), aims to facilitate and enable research linkages, projects and conversations leading to increased understanding of sustainability and resilience trends, challenges and solutions. The MSSI approach includes a particular emphasis on the contribution of the social sciences and humanities to understanding and addressing sustainability and resilience challenges. We are hosted by the Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning, at the University of Melbourne.

MSSI regularly hosts free events such as public lectures, seminars, workshops with guest speakers on topics that aline with our research. Sign up to receive updates.

03 9035 8235
Masson Road The University of Melbourne Parkville VIC 3010
mssi-enquiries@unimelb.edu.au

sustainable.unimelb.edu.au

Minus18

Minus 18 is Australia's Largest Youth Led Organisation for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Youth. At Minus18, we aim to improve the lives of same sex attracted and gender diverse (SSAGD) youth; to empower them, connect them with others and help them understand themselves. We do this through social events, resource production, partnering with other community groups, and awareness raising. Each year our events and projects reach more than 60,000 youth right across Australia.

Minus18 is run by over 30 youth volunteers and staff aged between 14 to 25 years old. To find out more about volunteer positions available send us an email. After your application is reviewed, and if successful, you will then be invited to attend crew training, and volunteer at events.

19a William St Cremorne VIC

minus18.org.au

Moorabool Environment Group

The Moorabool Shire has a population of around 27,000 people and includes the towns of Bacchus Marsh, Ballan and 40 other small communities. The biggest issue facing MEG and the Moorabool community is the brown coal exploration license held by Mantle Mining that includes plans to establish a 1 to 2 billion tonne open cut brown coal mine in Bacchus Marsh. Check out our fantastic 5 minute documentary on some of this issues we are facing. Other activities we create and participate in include: providing the community with information on home harvest, solar power, and impacts of coal mining on health; running local produce dinners and gardening workshops and monthly produce swaps; and tree planting with friends groups.

Come along to a MEG monthly meeting (dates are in the calendar on our website) to get involved in the campaign to stop the Mantle Mining coal mine or join our mailing list to keep up to date about MEG activities and public forums.

Post: 128 Possumtail Run Merrimu VIC 3340
mailing list available via website

www.mooraboolmeg.org.au

My Green World

My Green World is an organisation that works with charities around the world to conserve wildlife, promote animal welfare and design unique education programs by developing a range of initiatives that assist in raising the profile of education and wildlife conservation; revolutionising the way the public connects with charities. We mobilise and educate the masses through a mobile game application and a volunteer program. These initiatives are supplemented by our website, social media, educational material, and public speaking seminars.

International volunteers play a crucial role in sustaining our partner charities’ important work. Depending on your background, you will be tasked with assisting in the day-to-day upkeep of the charity program. We welcome volunteers from all over the world, with all sorts of skills and interests. Send us an email or check out our website for more information about your next life-changing adventure.

MyEnvironment

MyEnvironment is a hub for the latest information on community projects, science, environmental philanthropy, environmental law and green design in Australia. We bring people and ideas together for the conservation of Australia’s natural places through science, law, design and the community. We brought to government attention many breaches by VicForests (state run logging company), problems with management and unlawful logging activity and have successfully protected parts of the Central Highlands including habitat for the endangered ledbeaters possum. We have taken VicForests to the Supreme court over logging of endangered species habitat. We are campaigning for a Giant Forest National Park to save the last remnants of old growth forest in the Central Highlands.

Join our survey team and learn to measure tree's,collect species and discover another world of ecosystems. Donate for our court case. Join in the campaign. Use 100% recycled post consumer paper and don't buy Reflex.

PO Box 519 Healesville VIC 3777
03 8370 9007
info@myenvironment.org.au

www.myenvironment.net.au

No to Homophobia

No To Homophobia is a partnership between human rights and anti-violence groups and is the first campaign of its kind to be broadcast on mainstream national television. The campaign aims to challenge all forms of harassment and discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people, whether in the workplace or in social situations. The campaign aims to reduce the incidence of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic harassment in Victoria (and beyond) by empowering both LGBTIQ people and the broader community to respond to and speak out against this harassment.

If you or someone you know has been subject to homophobic harassment, or if you have witnessed an incident of homophobic harassment, you can do something about it. Make the promise to stop homophobia, find support and find out how to take action. Harassment is a community issue that affects everyone. Whether you are gay, lesbian, trans, bisexual or straight and whether you are receiving or witnessing harassment we encourage you to take action and stop the harm.

Contacts available through our partner organisations

www.notohomophobia.com.au

North Coast Environment Council

Formed in 1976 and 100% volunteer run, NCEC is the peak umbrella environment group in northern NSW. covering the area from the Hunter to the Tweed and west to the New England Highway. We also actively support other campaigns further afield. Our members and office-bearers work around the region, often travelling large distances to assist others as we organise in our defence of the environment and the communities it sustains. We rely on donations and the efforts of our members and volunteers to remain effective.

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to assist us with our work, we guarantee plenty of bang for your buck. Post us a message to this site and we will get back to you.

contact via website comments

ncec.wordpress.com

North East Forest Alliance

NEFA has been protecting old growth forests in North East NSW for over 21 years through community campaigns and direct action. The NSW Government is now proposing gutting the existing protections for threatened species and prescriptions to stop excessive erosion, while removing protection for heritage, and from grazing and other uses. They are intending removing restrictions on clearfelling and logging on excessively steep slopes. It will be open season on exclusion areas already identified for threatened species and Endangered Ecological Communities will be up for logging. This will be a disaster for north-east NSW's public lands, the extent of which will only fully be revealed by the EPA’s detailed plans in a couple of months.

Check the NEFA website for action alerts, submissions and an incredibly comprehensive news archive of NSW forest coverage. Get involved in community campaigns in specific regions.

Contact via Facebook

nefa.org.au

North West Environment Centre & Organic Garden

The mission of the NWEC is to inspire a new perspective on our relationship with the environment and each other so that we may all act to create a socially harmonious and ecologically sustainable future. We are based on the north west coast of Tasmania and our projects run across this area. Our peaceful community garden on Ironcliffe Rd, Penguin, home of the Organic and Sustainable Living Festival is the Headquarters of the NWEC. We deliver a great range of workshops and events at this venue. Other projects include community food collaboration and transition training.

We love volunteers! We’re a registered volunteer organisation, so get involved, improve our community and expand your skills! Our Organic Community Garden has a working bee from 10am-12pm every Wednesday, followed by a cuppa and a chat. For more info see our Organic Community Garden page, email us or simply turn up at 207 Ironcliffe Road, Penguin, at 10am next Wednesday!

207 Ironcliffe Road Penguin TAS 3716
PO Box 999 Burnie TAS 7320
03 6425 6928
secretary@nwec.org.au

nwec.org.au

NSW Wildlife, Rescue, Information & Education Service

WIRES is a volunteer based, native animal rescue organisation. WIRES was established in 1985, when an injured Ibis was found in the heart of Sydney, in Hyde Park. No organisation, government or conservation group could take responsibility for its rescue or care. WIRES has developed a comprehensive animal database that records information on types of animals, injuries and fates and locations for rescue and release. Currently there are more than 2,000 WIRES volunteers authorised to rescue, rehabilitate and release.

If you are over 18 in NSW you might be able to join WIRES as a volunteer rescuer and carer. Training starts with the compulsory Rescue and Immediate Care Course, covering policies, licensing, animal identification, rescue and first aid. Experts also provide specialist training courses and set standards of care in areas such as macropods, flying foxes, reptiles, birds of prey (raptors), and possums. Register here to receive WIRES volunteering updates and information about upcoming training courses.

For emergency native animal rescue please call 1300 094 737 or report by email at http://bit.ly/Report-a-rescue

9 Cook Street, Forestville 2087
(02) 8977 3333
Contactus@wires.org.au

www.wires.org.au

Nuclear Operations Watch Port Adelaide

NOW PA is a coalition of several groups interested in keeping people informed on nuclear activities in the Port Adelaide area, especially the transport of uranium oxide 'yellowcake' through the Port. The coalition includes: Port Adelaide Resident’s Environment Protection Group, Communist Party Of Australia, Friends of the Earth Adelaide, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

Check out our website for the latest updates on the activities of the nuclear industry in Port Adelaide. Join us in actions to raise awareness. Send us an email to get involved.

Olinda Parkland Inc

Summary of our aims....
Teach sustainability and we all live simplly and as a community
1..publishing updates on news on the hill from the old forest
2. supporting local businesses and events/classes
3. supporting tourism businesses
4. support a healthy happy lifestyle in the Dandenongs
5. sharing knowledge of residents, wildlife experts and gov to solution solve ways that are healthy and sustainable.

Please help protect our homes. You are our voice. https://www.facebook.com/Olinda-Parkland-512229712470992/

Our Facebook page's aim is to bring communities together to solution solve ways that we can integrate people and nature together in a sustainable way so the old forests are here for our children and we all have a healthy happy lifestyle. The Dandenongs are a beautiful and unique area but is at risk. Keep up to date below with our news and please feel free to advertise your events, business so we can support all.

Please support and follow this page and spread the word...

Summary of our aims....
1..publishing updates on news on the hill
2. supporting local businesses and events/classes
3. supporting tourism businesses
4. support a healthy happy lifestyle in the Dandenongs
5. sharing knowledge of residents, wildlife experts and gov to solution solve ways that are healthy and sustainable.
6. Teach sustainability


Liz on 0411020220

www.facebook.com

One at a Time Foundation

The One at a Time Foundation is an independent, entrepreneurial organisation dedicated to fostering change to reduce and halt global warming. The Foundation aims to make climate change action easy and accessible by presenting the simple steps which individuals, businesses and community can take to reduce their environmental footprint - one person, one business, one community at a time. Founding patron, Ray Anderson (Founder of Interface Inc), was one of the world's leading change agents in business and industry. OAAT organises Zero Footprint Week, an umbrella awareness week that invites businesses of all sizes to take simple steps to reduce their ecological footprint.

Get your workplace involved in Zero Footprint Week and raise awareness about the impacts of business on climate change.

Suit 503/8 Clarence St Sydney NSW 2000
02 9279 2540
admin@oneatatimefoundation.org.au

www.oneatatimefoundation.org.au

Open Table

Open Table is based on two key ideas — reducing food waste and meeting the neighbours. We use surplus food to create wholesome community feasts, bringing together people from all walks of life. We cook nutritious feasts using salvaged produce surplus food from local businesses and community gardens. Increasingly, we are seeing how flawed the food system in Australia is, and this is one small action to make a positive change and have conversations about how to live sustainably. Coming together over a meal is a brilliant opportunity to talk about shared experiences of place, food and culture. We hope to create stronger understanding and appreciation for our diverse community, and also to provide the opportunity to strengthen social skills for everyone wishing to participate more fully in our community.

Open Table exists thanks to the energy, time and ideas contributed entirely by volunteers. If you are interested in donating your time or skills, please get in touch. You can drop by and say hello on a weekend, or email if you would like to get serious about it.

www.open-table.org

Organic Federation of Australia

The Organic Federation of Australia (OFA) was established in 1998 as the peak body for the organic industry in Australia. Our role is to work in co-operation with all sectors of industry and government to develop the Australian Organic Industry from a niche industry into a major component of Australian agriculture and deliver benefits to consumers, producers and the Australian environment. The OFA fulfills a unifying national role for the organic industry by representing the interests of Australia's organic and biodynamic producers to industry and governments at the local, state and federal level. The OFA does not certify farmers. Our role is to work with all of the organic industry to further our common aims

Find organic markets and other events through the OFA website.

G.P.O.Box 787 Brisbane QLD 4001

www.ofa.org.au

Otway Ranges Environment Network

Clearfell logging and woodchipping of all native forest on public land in the Otways is now banned and illegal. After a seven year community campaign driven by the Otway Ranges Environment Network (OREN 1995 - 2002) followed by a six year phase out period (2002-2008), the last truck load of trees for export woodchips was removed in May 2008. After the November 2002 Victorian State election, priority was given to immediately ban clearfell logging in the Geelong water supply catchments and high conservation forests on the south face of the Otways. Before 2002, clearfell logging for woodchips was planned to occur across all the Otways under a Regional Forest Agreement until at least the year 2020. A total ban on Otway woodchipping is unprecedented. The Otways represents the only high rainfall tall forest region in Australia, where an existing and well established native forest woodchip industry for both the domestic (to make Kleenex tissues) and export markets has been totally removed.

Check out the OREN website to see how a successful forest campaign was run.

no contacts on website

www.oren.org.au

Oxfam

We’ve been fighting poverty and injustice for more than 50 years. But what exactly does this mean? Poor people can take control, solve their own problems, and rely on themselves – with the right support. We fund long-term projects around the world and work in a range of areas, from water and sanitation to education and health, to bring about positive change in people’s lives. Poverty isn’t just about lack of resources. In a wealthy world it’s about bad decisions made by powerful people. We form part of a global movement of people committed to achieving a fairer world by: encouraging action for change by individuals, partnering with organisations and government to change policy, and empowering communities in developing countries to realise their rights. We also provide aide during emergencies and prepare people for future crisis.

To get involved, volunteer with us, take part in one of many community events, buy fair trade at an Oxfam shop or online, take action on specific issues and learn how to campaign through our website.

132 Leicester Street Carlton VIC 3053
Local offices in NSW, QLD, SA, WA and TAS
03 9289 9444
email available via website

www.oxfam.org.au

People and Planet

People & Planet is a small, social enterprise that raises funds for and promotes the work of Australian environment and social justice organisations. Every year we publish a diary and calendar featuring 53 amazing images of people and places around the world, sourced through our photography competition. Each beautiful image is accompanied by its own, unique story about one of the planet’s social or environmental challenges. Our diary and calendar also promote the work of our partner network of 41 Australian social justice and environment organisations. Since being established in 2007, sales of the People & Planet Diary and Calendar have helped to raise over $350,000 for these partner organisations.

If you would like your organisation included in the next People and Planet diary and to sell the diaries to raise funds for your group, get in touch.

PO Box 2618 Fitzroy 3065 VIC
03 9419 3757
admin@peopleandplanet.org.au

peopleandplanet.org.au

Permablitz

Permablitz (noun): An informal gathering involving a day on which a group of at least two people come together to achieve the following: create or add to edible gardens where someone lives; share skills related to permaculture and sustainable living; build community networks and have fun. Permablitzes are free events, open to the public, with free workshops, shared food, where you get some exercise and have a wonderful time. To be defined as a permablitz each event must also be preceded by a permaculture design by a designer with a Permaculture Design Certificate. The network runs on reciprocity, and in order to qualify for a permablitz you usually need to come to some first, although there can be exceptions in this case.

Getting involved is easy. Sign up to the Melbourne Permablitz Newsletter to stay in the loop about upcoming blitzes and courses. Or just come back here regularly and look out for upcoming blitzes on the calendar. You'll get dates and addresses, and then you can just show up, or RSVP where asked. There are regional groups all over Australia and internationally too, or you can start your own.

see website for regional groups in VIC, ACT, QLD, NSW, NT and SA
email available via website

www.permablitz.net

Places You Love Alliance

The Places You Love alliance started as a fight to save the laws that protect nature. Now we have expanded our ambition, looking to galvanise the nature loving Australian community to stand up for nature. We are building a movement of people from across the community that exercise social and political power to stand up for nature. Australians are deeply connected to nature in a multitude of ways, and beautiful natural places are part of our national identity.

Sign up to our email list and receive campaign updates, news and information on upcoming events and opportunities to get involved.

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