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A new era for the Environment Defender’s Office – now Environmental Justice Australia

Barmah-Millewa National Park. Barmah-Millewa National Park.

The Environment Defender’s Office (Victoria) has re-launched as Environmental Justice Australia (EJA) with an increased focus on legal action and divestment campaigns. CEO Brendan Sydes says EJA is committed to work with local communities and to fix the failures in our legal system. New approaches are needed to preserve hard-won gains in areas such as forestry, national parks and bio-diversity. Greater financial independence and use of crowd funding will underpin EJA into the future. The Reichstein Foundation was one of the EDO’s earliest supporters and is proud to now provide an initial grant of $20,000 to Environmental Justice Australia, conditional on this being matched by donations to EJA from the public. Every dollar donated to EJA, up to $20,000, will generate an additional dollar contribution. Jonathan Chapman, CEO of the Australian Communities Foundation announced that even though there were a number of internal processes still to complete he was confident of a similar pledge for the 2015 year, meaning that together with the Reichstein Foundation’s commitment every dollar donated will now be worth $3. Please join us in supporting a new era for environmental justice in Australia. Make a donation now and your support will be three times as effective! Read more from Jill Reichstein, Chair of the Reichstein Foundation in her latest blog: An important time for Australia’s environment