I am currently working with Quit Coal, a collective of Friends of the Earth, and Lock the Gate to stop the expansion of the fossil fuel industry in Victoria. Our campaign spans the state, with 50 active groups from Bairnsdale in East Gippsland to Nelson in the South West corner near South Australia. We do what we can to support communities in their campaigns against local fossil fuel project proposals, and coordinate a state-wide campaign. We’ve maintained a moratorium on unconventional gas for nearly 4 years, and as yet no sign the government will allocate the 13 billion tonnes of brown coal bound for export to Asia!
We have found non-hierarchical and consensus-based decision making models integral to our group development and volunteer development. They have helped us create a dynamic and and flexible social movement that’s producing some amazing political results in our campaign in Victoria.