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File annual report 2009 - executive summary
Download a summarized version of the 2009 annual report.
european groups: big ask gets great response
With climate change a key priority for Friends of the Earth’s groups across Europe, national 'Big Ask' campaigns were a key priority in 2009. The Big Ask is directed at national governments, and aims to bring about real and immediate change by calling for binding national laws to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
european groups: challenging corporate power and finance
In 2009 Friends of the Earth Europe exposed and challenged some of the worst impacts of the EU’s economic policies, practices and companies, both within and outside Europe.
Friends of the Earth Europe, based in Brussels, unites more than 30 national Friends of the Earth organizations with thousands of local groups.
Resisting oil, mining and gas program highlights
The Resisting Mining, Oil and Gas Program is based on a vision in which the world does not depend on minerals, oil and gas. Its objective is to dismantle corporate control over minerals, oil and gas, and to stop the destruction and violations of communities and ecosystems.
training for campaigners, communicators, and journalists
In April 2009, Friends of the Earth International organized a one-day training for campaigners in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, during which participants started developing a federation-wide communications strategy on food sovereignty. During a skill-share, participants also improved their media messaging skills.
Opposing the certification of palm oil, jatropha and sugar cane monocultures
Our campaign to expose the role that agrofuels corporations have played in misleading the public was heard by the UK’s Advertising Standard Authority, who ruled that an advertisement placed by the Malaysian Palm Oil Council and aired on the BBC was misleading because it said that Malaysian palm oil is sustainable.
Agrofuels campaign highlights
The campaign’s main objective is to stop the production, trade and consumption of agrofuels, by raising public awareness about its negative impacts on local communities and globally.
tackling corporate lobbying and greenwash
In 2008, FoEI continued to lead an effective international campaign to address corporate power and influence. This focused on international policies and trends that enable the misuse of corporate power, and included technical support and strategic assistance to other civil society organizations working on these issues.
disclosing the truth, building awareness and mobilizing against corporate abuses
In 2008, FoEI continued campaigning on specific corporations in sectors that harm the environment. This entailed research and monitoring of EU-based companies working in the oil and gas, agrofuels and forest extraction sectors, and their actions in the South.
fighting free trade agreements
Working in collaboration with other civil society groups from all over the world, FoEI has strongly resisted corporate-friendly liberalization proposals at the WTO, with a particular emphasis on the Non-Agricultural Market Access (NAMA) negotiations on natural resources and ‘non-tariff barriers’.
strengthening the fight against the EU’s Global Europe policy
FoEI has been at the forefront of the battle against ‘Global Europe’, the European Union's aggressive trade liberalizing agenda.
Economic Justice - Resisting Neoliberalism (ejrn) program highlights
The EJRN Program’s objective is to build sustainable societies by building people’s power and dismantling corporate power, stopping corporate-led neo-liberalism and globalization, and challenging the institutions and governments that promote unequal and unsustainable economic systems.
Climate justice and energy program highlights
The CJE Program’s overall objective is to build a diverse, effective and global movement for climate justice. Climate justice is a right-based approach to the climate crisis with holds those historically responsible for the climate crisis to account. Climate justice demands structural changes to tackle neo-liberalism and radically reduce consumption. In keeping with FoEI’s mission to influence policies and policy dialogue, the CJE Program also aims to ensure that by rich industrialized Annex I countries commit to needed emissions reductions, and appropriate and sufficient financing and transfers of technology to help developing countries mitigate and adapt to climate change, allowing a just transition to sustainable, fossil-free societies.
foe europe, the netherlands and uruguay: (ex)changing worlds!
Neoliberal economic globalization creates unfair and often damaging links between impoverished nations in the south and rich industrialized countries in the north.
Friends of the Earth Europe, based in Brussels, unites more than 30 national Friends of the Earth organizations with thousands of local groups.
agrofuels reports: latin america, asia and europe
Rising oil prices coupled with the need to cut down the energy dependency from politically unstable oil producing countries, has pushed northern nations to boost the production of large scale biofuels, also known as agrofuels. This is severely impacting vulnerable communities and ecosystems in the South. Land grabbing by large companies happens to the detriment of local livelihoods, forests and human rights.
april: huge gathering of campaigners on european free trade agreements
In April, Friends of the Earth Europe hosted a key international gathering of campaigners on Free Trade Agreements.
december: central america - challenging 'global europe'
The European Union’s ‘Global Europe’ trade liberalizing agenda is driven by the EU’s anxiety to maintain competitiveness in relation to emerging economies such as China and India.
programs and campaigns highlights in 2009
In 2009, Friends of the Earth International had six active international programs and campaigns. Within these we coordinated a wide range of actions at the international, regional, national and local levels, that improve the ability of peoples and communities around the world to secure sustainable livelihoods and protect our environment for generations to come.
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