2009 media archive
Cochabamba, Bolivia, October 14, 2009 – The first hearing of the International Climate Justice Tribunal was celebrated on October 13 and 14 in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
BANGKOK, THAILAND, 9 October 2009 -- At the close of the Bangkok UN climate change negotiations tensions between the world’s rich nations and developing countries were at an all-time high, according to Friends of the Earth International campaigners observing the talks to demand climate justice.
BANGKOK, THAILAND, October 5, 2009 -- In a week coinciding with massive loss of life in the Asia Pacific region as a result of extreme weather, Friends of the Earth International decried attempts by developed countries to undermine their obligations under the UN climate convention.
Jakarta, Indonesia, September 11, 2009 -- Friends of the Earth International welcomed the announcement by the IFC, the World Bank's private sector arm, that it will stop all palm oil investments.
BRUSSELS, 10 September 2009 – Friends of the Earth has welcomed a ruling yesterday by the UK advertising watchdog that describing palm oil as “sustainably produced” is false advertising.
Jakarta, Indonesia, September 11, 2009 -- Friends of the Earth International welcomed today's announcement by the IFC, the World Bank's private sector arm, that it will stop all palm oil investments.
Amsterdam (The Netherlands) / Manila (Philippines), 31 August 2009 – The Dutch National Contact Point (NCP) today found Shell guilty of violating the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises at its oil depot in Manila, the Philippines.
LONDON (UK) / AMSTERDAM (THE NETHERLANDS) -- August 17, 2009 – A passionate and purely visual world history graphic novel called 'Speechless' will be published on September 4, 2009.
Brussels, Belgium, July 1, 2009 - On the day that the European Union was expected to announce the suspension of its new free trade negotiations with Central America, Friends of the Earth International calls for an end to the process of free trade negotiations that the EU is promoting in Central America, and recommends a full reconsideration by the EU of its role in the region.
Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Washington, June 29, 2009 -- Fresh evidence of oil giant Shell’s colossal contribution to global climate change and its continued investment in carbon intensive fossil fuels has been revealed today in a new report.
BONN, GERMANY, June 12, 2009 --Throughout the United Nations climate talks due to end today in Bonn, the United States administration blocked progress to move negotiations forward, according to Friends of the Earth International.
BONN, GERMANY, JUNE 5, 2009 – On World Environment Day, leaders of industrialised nations have been criticised for failing to do their homework on climate change.
BONN (GERMANY) / LONDON (UK), June 2, 2009 – The push by industrialised countries to offset their carbon emissions is undermining the fight against climate change, warned Friends of the Earth International at the start of key UN climate talks taking place in Bonn June 1-12.
LONDON (UK) / MBABANE (SWAZILAND), 28 May 2009 -- Biofuels produced from the crop jatropha may be competing with food production for land and water, according to a new report released today by two Friends of the Earth groups as the Jatropha World Summit begins in Ghana.
CAMPINAS (BRAZIL), BRUSSELS (BELGIUM), 27 May 2009 - A new initiative to re-brand the intensive and damaging farming of soy as 'responsible' is nothing short of green-wash and will con the public, said Friends of the Earth International today.
London, May 19 – Research by four leading environmental organisations released today to coincide with Royal Dutch Shell’s Annual General Meeting, reveals the carbon intensity of the top international oil companies. Shell is now the most carbon intensive oil company in the world based on its total resources.
NEW YORK, MAY 14 2009 - Social and environmental organizations reacted positively to proposals by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, during the 17th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development of the United Nations in New York. Schutter's proposals strongly echo the new production model that La Vía Campesina and Friends of the Earth International have been promoting for years.
NEW YORK CITY, USA, April 27, 2009 — Days after a judge confirmed Shell Oil will stand trial here May 26 on charges it was complicit in the murders of Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other Nigerian activists, environmental and human rights groups announced they have formed a global campaign to hold Shell accountable and demand that it stop gas flaring in Nigeria.
April 22, 2009 (Earth Day) -- The judges have made their choices for the 2009 Friends of the Earth International photo competition on the theme "Biodiversity Lost, Biodiversity Preserved."
ROME, ITALY, MARCH 16 -- In a reaction to the alarming data released today in the 2009 State of the World’s Forests report by the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), Friends of the Earth International and the Global Forest Coalition, two leading networks of environmental and Indigenous Peoples' Organisations, called on world governments to take immediate action to halt deforestation and forest degradation.