The term “environmental activism” is defined as the actions of individuals or groups that protect or aid the environment. Those involved in the movement identify issues that threaten the planet’s viability, from community to global concerns, and then develop strategies to promote awareness or produce solutions that directly address the problem.
There are several ways to undertake this, from local grassroots strategies to nationwide campaigns. In some cases, advocating for the environment can also include other important activism, such as civic and social justice.
Friends of the Earth Melbourne – There are many ways to be a member of Friends of the Earth! We value all forms of labour and work, so no matter what you want to do: research policy, write poetry, paint banners, fundraise, strategise, plan actions, cook food… we welcome you to come in and find out about how you can be part of the Friends of the Earth community.
Our community of activists works together in small working groups and collectives. Each with a minimum of five members, we aim to harness collective intelligence – the idea that intelligence doesn’t just happen in individual brains, it also arises from groups of people – to imagine outcomes with greater creativity than any individual could achieve by themselves.
Gardens for Wildlife (G4W) is a free program run by volunteer garden guides that provides advice to households, businesses and schools on how to create native habitats to enrich local biodiversity.
Developing outdoor spaces big and small builds social connections within our community, and the results create habitat stepping stones for local fauna.
We encourage residents to set aside an area in their garden for local wildlife. As a guide, you will be part of a team to visit and advise residents on potential changes needed to make their gardens wildlife friendly.
Join us to help make a positive impact on our local environment.
To volunteer, you will need to:
- have good interpersonal skills
- have knowledge and interest of local flora and fauna
- work unsupervised in teams
- get a satisfactory National Criminal History Check and a Working with Children’s Check
- have access to a computer and email account
- independently commute to varied locations throughout Banyule.
On site and virtual visits are one hour maximum, not including travel time to and from locations. Report writing will vary, but guides are given 2 weeks to compile their feedback