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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.
publications, materials and audiovisual resources
Throughout 2009 our groups and campaigns produced hard-hitting reports, publications and audiovisual materials about a range of campaign issues. In this section you can read about a few of our most prominent publications.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
film and video
In 2008, we deepened our commitment to provide video and film material for our audiences around the world. Our efforts were focused in several complementary areas: a major film documentary that was screened on mainstream television; many video clips on different issues produced by our groups and posted on websites; and our community testimonies, which can be downloaded from our website.
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.
big ask video clip makes waves
A short film made by Friends of the Earth in Belgium, with the help of award-winning film director Nic Balthazar, is helping spread the message that politicians must 'Act Now' against climate change.
international campaign victories
Our international programs made some important advances in 2007, catalyzed and propelled by the local and national work of our groups and our allies around the world. A selection of these victories are described in this section of the annual report.
cyberaction successes in 2007
Cyberactivists from around the world helped us to achieve these victories throughout 2007.
oil refineries emit smoke, not flowers!
Shell is infamous for environmentally destructive and highly polluting oil operations around the world. So when Friends of the Earth campaigners saw a Shell advertisment depicting a refinery smokestack emitting only flowers, instead of smoke, they recognised it for what it was: blatant greenwash. And they took action, by filing simultaneous complaints to three European national advertising standards authorities in the Netherlands, England and Belgium.
“non-flying” politicians declare support for airplane fuel tax
Already responsible for about 10 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in Europe, aviation emissions are growing fast. Yet a September 2007 expert report commissioned by Friends of the Earth Europe confirmed that the European Union must do more if these emissions are to be curbed. An important step in the right direction is to ensure that the cost of flying reflects its environmental impact, by putting a tax on aviation fuel and a value-added tax on airline tickets.
france: “5 minutes of rest for the planet” a huge success
Friends of the Earth France is pleased to announce that the recent “5 minutes of rest for the planet” action of February 1, 2007 was a huge success.
belgium flanders: car transformed into vegetable garden
Friends of the Earth Bruxsel (the Dutch and French speaking local group of FoE in Brussels) converted a scrap car into a vegetable garden, and parked it in front of the Brussels stock exchange during the week of mobility (16th to 22nd September).
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