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Dec 18, 2009

An early Christmas present from Young Friends of the Earth Norway

by PhilLee — last modified Dec 18, 2009 12:20 PM
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This morning Young Friends of the Earth Norway / Nature and Youth delivered a Christmas present to the Norwegian Environment Minister, Erik Solheim, demanding that Norway increase their target for emissions cuts to at least 40 percent by 2020.



Dec 17, 2009

Friends of the Earth voices for climate justice shut out in Copenhagen

by PhilLee — last modified Dec 17, 2009 10:25 AM
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Yesterday Friends of the Earth were suspended from the UN climate talks despite having all the relevant accreditation . The reasons varied from "fire regulations" to "security concerns." We think this is a result of our critical voices at the summit and our demands for climate justice for developing countries.


Watch the video of the how the day unfolded

Video: The flood for climate justice

by PhilLee — last modified Dec 17, 2009 06:38 PM
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More than five thousand people from around the world joined the Flood for Climate Justice on Saturday December 12 'flooding' the streets of Copenhagen demanding 'climate justice' and an end to offsetting carbon emissions.

Dec 12, 2009

5000 people flood for climate justice

by PhilLee — last modified Dec 12, 2009 06:40 PM
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More than five thousand people from around the world joined our Flood for climate justice today as we Flooded the streets of Copenhagen demanding climate justice and an end to offsetting carbon emissions.

View some of the pictures here and many more on our Flickr account.


A full report will follow tomorrow.



Dec 11, 2009

Meanwhile at the climate talks...

by PhilLee — last modified Dec 11, 2009 08:00 AM
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The EU were discussing reductions targets today and so Friends of the Earth greeted delegates with a call for EU leaders to UP their targets to 40%.


Watch the video here


We also called on our cyberactivists to email the Canadian Prime Minister to urge the Canadians to up their targets after being voted Fossil of the Day the day before.

Dec 08, 2009

COP 15 begins - part one

by PhilLee — last modified Dec 08, 2009 12:35 PM
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The waiting is over. Yesterday was the first day of the Copenhagen climate summit and the Klimaforum - the people's climate summit. Our first posting is from the Klimaforum where I spent the day.

naomi klein launches klimaforumThe official launch of the Klimaforum took place in the evening with music and speeches from Henry Saragih, general coordinator of Via Campesina, Nnimmo Bassey, chair of Friends of the Earth International and Naomi Klein.

Nnimmo called for an end to backroom deals in the Bella Center - the venue of COP15 - and urged the delegates to listen to the voices coming from the people's summit.

The Kilmaforum was for "real people, talking about real problems, getting together to create movements and share the real solutions to climate change" he said.

On carbon offsetting he issued a red card to REDD, the carbon offsetting mechanism supported by many industrialised countries.

He finished his speech by calling on the audience to join him in one of his chants: "Keep the oil in the soil, keep the coal in the hole, keep the tar sands in the sand." Warmed up with Organic beer the audience were happy to oblige.

Following on from Nnimmo Naomi Klein the Canadian author of No Logo and the Shock Doctrine took to the stage and stated that “There is a difference between a deal and success and Klimaforum09 needs to be the lie detector when the politicians come out with a deal.”

This chimes exactly with Friends of the Earth International's demand that a deal is not what we're after it's a just climate agreement. This means emission cuts in developed countries, and money for developing countries to grow cleanly and adapt to the effects of climate change – but it also means a change in our consumption patterns.

As Naomi Klein put it, "Klimaforum is not about giving charity to the developing world it's about taking responsibility and the industrialised countries cleaning up our own mess.

Go to the Klimaforum website to find out what's taking place over the next two weeks.

Video: Nnimmo Bassey speaks at the Klimaforum press conference

by PhilLee — last modified Dec 08, 2009 08:30 PM
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Report on day one of the negotiations

by PhilLee — last modified Dec 08, 2009 10:00 AM
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Elizabeth Bast from Friends of the Earth US rounds up day one of the climate negotiations.

Dec 07, 2009

Klimaforum press conference

by PhilLee — last modified Dec 07, 2009 10:35 PM
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Nnimmo Bassey, Chair of Friends of the Earth International and Henry Saragih, General Coordinator of Via Campesina speak at a press conference at the Klimaforum - the alternative climate summit - outlining their hopes for the two weeks.

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Dec 06, 2009

Teaser: Flood for climate justice briefing

by PhilLee — last modified Dec 06, 2009 11:09 PM

Young Friends of the Earth Europe carried out their first 'teaser' action in Copenhagen. On a chilly Sunday lunchtime they gathered outside the venue of the alternative climate summit - the Klimaforum - and called on people to join them in the Flood for Climate Justice on Saturday 12th December.

Dec 03, 2009

Blogging from Copenhagen

by PhilLee — last modified Dec 03, 2009 12:35 PM
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As world leaders meet in Copenhagen to discuss efforts to tackle global warming, we will be there calling on the rich industrialised countries to agree to urgent and dramatic cuts in their emissions right NOW.

flood-teaserMembers of Friends of the Earth International will be in Copenhagen blogging right here on the many events taking place; from the UN negotiations in the Bella Center to the civil society event, the KlimaForum, where the people most affected by climate change will have a voice.


Outside there will be many peaceful demonstrations taking place including the Flood for climate justice where thousands of people are expected to flood through the streets of Copenhagen calling for a just climate agreement.


Also on this site you will find our latest press releases; publications; and the climate capsule where, in words, video and photos, people tell the world why they want a just agreement in Copenhagen.


Elsewhere you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter and view the latest photos on Flickr.


For the general Copenhagen index page click here


See you back here soon.

Sep 29, 2009

FoEI members nominated as 'Time heroes of the Environment'

by PhilLee — last modified Sep 29, 2009 02:30 PM

We're delighted to announce that Nnimmo Bassey, from Friends of the Earth Nigeria, and Syeda Rizwana Hasan, from Friends of the Earth Bangladesh, have been nominated by Time magazine as heroes of the environment for 2009.

nnimmo bassey

Nnimmo BasseyIn his interview with Time magazine Nnimmo talks of how a massacre in 1990 by Nigeria's armed forces prompted him into championing the environment and rights of the people around him.

"We realized that if people don't have a safe environment to live in, then they don't have literally any other rights," he says.

He talks about the work of Friends of the Earth Nigeria in documenting the environmental abuse caused by the oil companies, his efforts to educate people on their rights and the fact that his work often puts him on a collision course with the authorities.

"Oil has been the destruction of the Nigerian economy," says Bassey. "It destroys the relation between the people and the state" he says.


Read Nnimmo's interview


Syeda Rizwana Hasan

Rizwana-Hasan-headshotRizwana, who is also a member of the Friends of the Earth International board, has been nominated for her legal work in advocating for tighter regulations for the country's environmentally devastating ship-breaking industry


Ship breaking is a big employer in Bangladesh - last year over 150 ships were decommissioned - and the authorities often turn a blind out to the immense harm it causes.


Rizwana sees it differently, "It's better to be jobless than to have a job that gives you cancer" she says.


In March 2009, the Supreme Court laid down strict regulations on the industry, resulting in the closure of 36 ship breaking yards operating without environmental clearance.


The government has since appealed against the ruling but Rizwana and her team will fight on.


"I don't want the outside world to think of Bangladesh as a dumping site," she says. "It is against my dignity. It is against the dignity of my nation and the dignity of the people."


Read Rizwana's interview

Sep 14, 2009

Extractive Industries: Blessing or Curse?

by PhilLee — last modified Sep 14, 2009 05:34 PM

Friends of the Earth Europe are hosting a one day conference in Brussels looking at the environmental and social Impacts of the oil and gas Industry.

The Conference aims at presenting solutions and developing policies that will result in reducing greenhouse gas emissions (for the oil and gas industry), conserving energy, reducing environmental pressure across chains of production (fossil fuels) and making sustainable use of natural resources (oil and gas).

It will bring together representatives of civil society from European and developing countries including communities affected by the industry operations, the European Commission, the European Parliament, industry, international organisations and the media.

Speakers include the Friends of the Earth International Chair, Nnimmo Bassey, our economic justice coordinator Paul de Clerk and many more. 

location, time and further information

European Parliament, Room ASP
Brussels, Belgium


Friends of the Earth Europe can reimburse travel and accommodation costs for a limited number of civil society participants.

Find out more and register for the event

Sep 10, 2009

Join the day of climate action in Bangkok

by PhilLee — last modified Sep 10, 2009 10:10 AM
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If you're going to be on Thailand on October 5 join us in Bangkok for the people's march for climate justice.

The Asian Peoples' Solidarity for Climate Justice was formed to prepare the civil society program in parallel with the United Nations climate talks, September 28 to October 9, 2009, Bangkok.

In addition to a dynamic and extensive schedule of events, we invite you to participate in a peaceful and public demonstration of our collective demand for climate justice.


We demand immediate cuts: cut the carbon, cut the foreign debt, cut the false solutions, cut the World Bank and the corporations out! We demand recognition and full respect for peoples' rights, reparation for climate debts and peoples sovereignty NOW!

Join with us in the streets of Bangkok with your banners and flags to create a colourful, vibrant, energetic peoples march for climate justice. There will be a program of events at the conclusion of the march including speakers from across civil society and music.

Support the Asian Peoples' Solidarity for Climate Justice!


More details to follow shortly.


Asia Peoples' Solidarity for Climate Justice preparatory meeting was hosted by the Thai Working Group on Climate Justice in Bangkok 18-19 July 2009.


The following organisations participated in the meeting: Jubilee South-APMDD, Freedom from Debt Coalition,  SEAFISH/ Tambuyog, SAAPE Earth Rights, IESR-Indonesia, GAIA, Christian Aid, Oxfam Great Britian/Thailand,, NGO- Forum on ADB, Assembly of the Poor, AIPP, Chang Mai IKAP network/ IPFCC, Thailand AIPP, IBON Foundation/ PMCC, APWLD, ECOT, CEC/ PCWA, BIOTHAI, Friends of the Earth International, NGO-COD, Thai TERRA, GCCA- Asia, Focus on the Global South, OWINFS, Oxfam International, Third World Network, ETC Group.

Aug 20, 2009

Honduras updates

by PhilLee — last modified Aug 20, 2009 03:15 PM
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Friends of the Earth International stands in solidarity with the peoples of Honduras in their mobilizations to demand an end to the coup d'etat and the unconditional return of the democratically-elected President Manuel Zelaya to his post.

Keep updated on the response of civil society organizations in Honduras including that of Friends of the Earth Honduras on Real World Radio.

Jul 23, 2009

FoE Malta climate change photo competition

by Krista Stryker — last modified Jul 23, 2009 03:38 PM
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The climate is changing... are you?

BL-1st-Prakesh Hatvalne-IndiaFriends of the Earth Malta is launching an international photographic exhibition and competition on the effects of climate change. The theme is: 'Climate Change: the change is already here.'


Science shows that the present state of our planet will not improve any time soon if we do not take action now. The biggest impacts will be on poor and developing countries, especially small island states. The biggest culprits of greenhouse gas emissions are developed countries.


FoE Malta is looking for photos illustrating damage caused by climate change - photos which capture what is being changed, damaged and lost both in the natural and human world.


They're looking for photos that illustrate the effects of climate change already influencing natural processes on our planet, affecting the lives of millions of people, disrupting animal habitats and eco-systems.  And photos that show human beings as an integral part of the impact of climate change (i.e. ice-melting; flooding; desertification, drought) will be appreciated. Use your imagination when shooting and processing photos.


The deadline for the competition is August 9, 2009.


Contact Christian Debono for rules and more information about the contest.

Jul 08, 2009

The alternative G8 summit final summary statement

by PhilLee — last modified Jul 08, 2009 10:43 AM

Ahead the G8 summit in L'Aquila, Italy, members of civil society movements gathered in Sardinia for an alternative G8 summit.

The FoEI mission to Honduras calls for solidarity

by PhilLee — last modified Jul 08, 2009 10:57 AM
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The criminal repression of the demonstrators who gathered on Sunday in Honduras to welcome his president Manuel Zelaya, resulted in two people dead and tens of injured. Besides this, the coup perpetrators decided not to allow the return of President Zelaya to Honduran territory.

This marks the start of a new state in the struggle for sovereignty and the peoples' rights, as well as the incipient democratic processes in the region. These events lead to a call to strengthen and radicalize the actions in support of the Honduran people.


The coup d'état in Honduras should be understood not only as an action against a certain people or country, but as an attempt against the social victories that have been achieved by the popular struggles determined to end hunger and injustice in the region. These violent attitudes are motivated by the interests of groups and corporations who see their political and economic privileges collapse. They don't even care to challenge the international community represented by oranizations like the OAS or the UN, which have condemned the coup in Honduras.


FoEI's mission had planned to enter Honduras by land, or by air, but in both cases we were unable to do that, so we stayed in Managua holding meetings with La Via Campesina, planning the solidarity and sovereignty strategy for the region. We urge you to increase the pressure in your own countries to publicly reject the military coup and the de facto government, and to start emergency fundraising to support Madre Tierra.

Apr 21, 2009

Syeda Rizwana Hasan wins prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize

by PhilLee — last modified Apr 21, 2009 10:55 AM

Congratulations to Syeda Rizwana Hasan, chief executive of Friends of the Earth Bangladesh/BELA, who has been awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize 2009 for the Asia region, recognising her public interest work in the conservation of the environment.

Rizwana Hasan goldman prizeAs Bangladesh's leading environmental attorney, Rizwana's legal advocacy for tighter regulations for the country's environmentally devastating ship-breaking industry in particular, makes her one of six winners of the world's largest prize for environmentalists this year.

Rizwana, who is also a member of the Friends of the Earth International Executive Committee, collected the award last night (April 20) at a ceremony in San Francisco and will be honoured on  Earth Day (April 22) at a smaller ceremony in Washington D.C.

The Goldman Environmental Prize was established in 1989 by San Francisco civic leader and philanthropist Richard N. Goldman and his late wife, Rhoda H. Goldman. It has been awarded to 133 people from 75 countries.

Prize winners are selected by an international jury from confidential nominations submitted by a worldwide network of environmental organizations and individuals.


Photo: Rizwana Hasan in San Francisco / credit: Goldman Environmental Prize


Mar 17, 2009

The World Water Forum

by PhilLee — last modified Mar 17, 2009 03:00 PM
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Delegates are gathering in Istanbul this week for the 5th World Water Forum (WWF). Meanwhile the Peoples Water Forum is holding solidarity events around the world to mark World Water Day.

boy with waterThe forum, held by the World Water Council, is intended as a space for governments and industry to exchange ideas about conservation and the development of water resources. Critics, including Friends of the Earth International, argue that members are more concerned about restricting access to water and pushing a privatisation agenda.

By way of protest the People's Water Forum is holding solidarity events around the world to mark World Water Day on March 22 by declaring water a human right and a central component of the global commons.