Friends of the Earth

The first Friends of the Earth group in Australia formed at Adelaide University in 1972. The group campaigned on issues including waste, pollution, and nuclear tests.

The group staged a high profile campaign against multinational company Coca Cola. Following this a public relations firm infiltrated the Adelaide group and encouraged them to stop campaigning against steel company BHP. As a result BHP gave them $3,900 to make a film about recycling, which the Adelaide group turned into an exposé of the company itself.

State Library of South Australia, PRG 1491/25/50