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In 2008, Friends of the Earth International counted 77 member groups and 14 affiliates, uniting more than 2 million members and supporters around the world.
member groups
Friends of the Earth International is made up of the activities and actions of our 76 member groups, and it is our mission to support and strengthen their work at the local level. These groups mobilize people, resist socially and environmentally damaging projects and policies, and help to transform their societies in tens of countries around the world. Their local work in turn allows us to campaign on the regional and international levels, and to seek political support for the rights of people everywhere to sustainable livelihoods and for social, economic, gender and environmental justice.
art, culture and popular education
In 2008, the International Secretariat worked with our member groups around the world in order to multiply the creative initiatives taking place at all levels in the federation.
Our communications work is aimed at reaching out to and mobilizing people around the world so that they will join our movement for social and environmental change.
brazil: building the struggle against forest monocultures in the pampas
The ongoing expansion of exotic tree monocultures in the Brazilian Pampas, and the Pampas plains of Uruguay and Argentina, threatens the region’s biodiversity and natural resources. This is a consequence of a build up of the region’s pulp production industry; powerful forestry corporations are now investing in new plantations in the Brazilian Pampas to obtain wood supplies.
paraguay: boosting capacity to confront socio-environmental conflict
In Paraguay, a lack of environmental regulation allows powerful economic actors to damage and destroy ecosystems. To help fill this gap, Friends of the Earth Paraguay / SOBREVIVENCIA created the “Consultorio Socioambiental” (Socio-Environmental Consultancy) in 1986. It aims to support communities as they struggle to deal with development imposed on their territories. It also provides legal advice for communities subjected to big infrastructure projects such as the Itaipú and Yacyretá dams, and the Hidrovía Paraguay Paraná mega-project, which aimed to build a 3,400 km navigation channel between Puerto Cáceres in Brazil, and Nueva Palmira in Uruguay.
uruguay: protecting biodiversity in agriculture
In recent decades Uruguay’s corporate-driven agricultural model has put exports before domestic needs. This has concentrated land in the hands of a few large enterprises and devastated family farms. The consequences: dramatic loss of rural employment, emigration from the countryside, loss of agro-biodiversity, and an unprecedented food crisis.
atalc: building a regional communications strategy
Friends of the Earth Latin America and the Caribbean (ATALC ) was created in 2001 to provide member groups with a stronger regional role. Yet to gain more influence over the region’s political spheres and social movements, ATALC must increase its public profile. Two years ago, ATALC’s executive committee realized a comprehensive, coherent communication strategy was required to achieve this.
food and agriculture calendar 2007
Hundreds of professional and amateur photographers from around the world entered our second annual photo competition, on the theme of “food and agriculture” in 2007.
friends of the earth groups push for results at bali climate talks
The December 2007 climate summit, held in Bali, Indonesia marked the deadline for nations to agree on a “road map” for a new agreement to tackle climate change, beyond the current 2008-12 Kyoto Protocol commitment period.
brazil: awareness-raising tools show how coal fuels climate change
Although the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions in Brazil are deforestation and forest burning, emissions from burning coal present a growing threat. Brazil has significant coal reserves and it is likely these will be used for power generation, unless there are new public measures to prevent this.
funding and membership support
friends of the earth in the media in 2007
Friends of the Earth messages were carried during 2007 by a growing and broad spectrum of media organisations, spanning from the world's leading newspapers to alternative news websites. The following quotes were selected from stories published in 2007.
cyberaction successes in 2007
Cyberactivists from around the world helped us to achieve these victories throughout 2007.
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