With a total cut to their Federal funding, courtesy of the Attorney-General, George Brandis, and unsuccessful attempts to negotiate with the current state government to secure annual funding required - the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) of South Australia is now poised on the brink of closure as of June 30.
With options running out to secure its continued survival, the EDO is looking to the community to keep the Voice strong.
The crowdfunding campaign will launch on June 1st and will be run through the Go Fund Me page ‘Save the EDO’.
The EDO has been helping the SA community for over 20 years.
It is the independent Voice that speaks out to protect the environment for future generations, often involved in giving advice on cases that protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat and the natural heritage for generations to come.The EDO supports communities who may not otherwise have the resources to seek such legal advice to protect the environment.
The Voice of the EDO has helped to protect the Adelaide Parklands, the Mount Lofty Ranges, Kangaroo Island, the Fleurieu Penninsula and many other urban and rural places that we all love, right across SA.
Without the EDO, who will our community turn to for independent and fearless advice and representation to protect our magical environment?
Strong advocate for the EDO, Senator Penny Wright speaks out on the vital importance of the EDO to SA:
“Over many years, EDOs have a track record of making sure government action is lawful and that the voice of ordinary Australians can be heard when it comes to our shared environment.
“Without them, individuals and grassroots community groups, who are often fighting David and Goliath battles with wealthy mining companies and wealthy developers, will be left to fight alone.”
Without the EDO as the Voice for Environmental Justice in SA, our community and our environment will lose an independent and expert advisor that “walks the walk and talks the talk” when it comes to protecting our environment for us and future generations. More information about the EDO can be found at: www.edosa.org.au.
All donations can be made at http://www.gofundme.com/SavetheEDO.
Environmental Defenders Office
The EDO is the independent Voice for Environmental Justice in SA.
Since 1992, we have been the environment's legal team – helping communities across SA, protecting the public interest and evening the odds.
Unfortunately, our environment and the EDO is under siege from shortsighted politicians.
Our work is vital in the struggle to conserve and enhance our rich and unique environment.
• We help our community to understand the laws in South Australia and to use those laws to protect our environment.
• We go to court to protect valuable habitat and defend your right, and your children’s right, to a clean environment.
• We fight to improve the law when it isn’t working to protect our community and our environment.
We know that you share our vision of an Australia where our natural environment is valued for its own sake, and where our laws really do protect our shared environment instead of paving the way for politically motivated destruction.
The Abbott Government wants to silence us. The Federal Attorney-General George Brandis has removed our federal funding.
Our funds will run out on June 30 - without your financial help, the Voice will die. Yes, your donations are tax deductible.
P: 08 8359 2222