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strengthening the fight for a GM-free world
The fight for a GM-free world is still a priority for the food sovereignty movement. In 2008, FoEI continued providing a comprehensive assessment of the impact of genetically modified (GM) crops in agriculture.
Food Sovereignty Program highlights in 2008
In 2008, FoEI’s Food Sovereignty Program contributed effectively to the implementation of the agenda agreed by the food sovereignty movement at the Nyeleni Forum, (the first International Forum for Food Sovereignty organized in Selingue, Mali, in February 2007).
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.
sweden: south-north dialogue on pulp, paper and plantation struggles
Timber, pulp, sugar cane and agrofuels are all exported from the Global South for consumption in Northern countries, earning vast profits for transnational companies. But the large-scale plantations established to feed the pulp, paper and agrofuels industries have a host of negative social, environmental and economic impacts: they displace local people, devastate biodiversity, exhaust water resources, and impoverish workers, farmers and communities.
finland: learning from indigenous worldviews
Modern lifestyles in the industrialized world have caused serious damage to the Earth in just a few decades – whilst around the world, Indigenous Peoples have lived sustainably for millennia.
uruguay: global europe publication
The European Union is promoting an agenda of aggressive trade liberalization, called ‘Global Europe’. Through Global Europe, the EU is pushing to liberalize services in Southern countries; gain access to and control over strategic reserves of natural resources; liberalize government procurement; protect intellectual property rights; increase protection for European investments; and eliminate so-called ‘trade barriers’.
paraguay: sowing seeds for change
The Río de la Plata Basin, the estuary of the Uruguay and Paraná rivers, which separates Uruguay and Argentina, is threatened by mega projects including pipelines, dams and highways.
guatemala: focusing in on global europe during americas social forum
The European Union’s ‘Global Europe’ strategy, which aims to secure markets and natural resources for European companies, threatens people and the environment across the world.
el salvador: mobilizing against corporate power and free trade
Communities in El Salvador are suffering the environmental and social impacts of neoliberal policies, such as the privatization of services, dollarization of the economy and trade liberalization through free trade agreements. These policies were designed to open the country to transnational corporations (TNCs), which now control services such as electricity, pension funds and telecommunications.
atalc: working together with indigenous peoples in the fight for climate justice
Many of the people most affected by the impacts of climate change are Indigenous Peoples and local communities who have not previously been engaged in or able to influence the development of climate change policies.
brazil: how to live well in the city (in times of climate chaos and peak oil)
Poor communities often bear the brunt of environmental and social problems such as climate change and the related global energy crisis – yet they often feel powerless to take action, by, for example, reducing their own greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on oil.
brazil: demystifying the ‘sustainability’ of ethanol
Brazilian sugar cane ethanol is being sold as a ‘sustainable biofuel’: it is one of the country’s key exports. But during 2008, the global agrofuels ‘fever’ began to cool, as critical voices and resistance movements around the world raised concerns that agrofuels are false solutions to climate change, contributing to the global food crisis and driving continued deforestation.
brazil: resisting the garabi dam
The Initiative for the Integration of the South American Regional Infrastructure (IIRSA) is a development plan which involves the construction of highways, mega dams, ports and pipelines across South America, particularly in remote, isolated regions. If built, these will have devastating consequences for Indigenous People, biodiversity and the climate and could lead to the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.
latin america and the caribbean
Amigos de la Tierra América Latina y Caribe (ATALC – FoE Latin America and the Caribbean) coordinates member group participation in all international programs, ensuring a regional perspective in global campaigning.
brazil: taking a comic look at 'sustainable agrofuels'
The Brazilian government is a leading proponent of agrofuels, with ambitions to flood the world with sugar cane ethanol.
the story of iirsa
One of the biggest threats to people and ecosystems in Latin America is a grand scheme for infrastructure projects known as “IIRSA” for short.
publications and materials
Throughout 2008 our groups and campaigns produced hard-hitting reports and publications about issues ranging from climate change to forests to GMOs.
trainings for communicators, journalists and campaigners
In May 2008, Friends of the Earth International organized a one-day training for campaigners in Zagreb, Croatia, during which participants skill-shared about media messaging and started developing a federation-wide communications strategy around climate and energy issues.
april: iadb, stop pushing agrofuels as solution to climate change!
In April, Friends of the Earth International sent a team of campaigners to the annual meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) in Miami to demand that finance ministers and bank officials use the Bank's Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Initiative funds only for clean and renewable energy.
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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