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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.
el salvador: building a movement to resist climate change
Climate change is severely affecting the environment and people’s livelihoods in Central America. Rainfall patterns are changing, storms, flooding and droughts are increasing, and crops are failing, pushing poor communities deeper into poverty.
costa rica and el salvador: community exchanges contribute to forest regeneration and organic farming
Rainforests in Central America are threatened by neoliberal policies that promote the replacement of forests with tree plantations, the expansion of monoculture crops such as pineapples, and destructive logging.
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.
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.
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.
did you know?
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.
el salvador & honduras: communities share experiences of resistance against mining and dams
Increasingly, the governments of Honduras and El Salvador are giving up their natural resources to exploitation by mining and hydroelectric megaprojects. Local people are left with the resulting severe and persistent pollution, such as contamination of waterways vital for drinking and bathing. Such megaprojects also compete with farmlands upon which communities depend for subsistence.
el salvador: climate change - cutting emissions, adapting to impacts
El Salvador, like so many other impoverished countries, has not contributed much to the causes of climate change. Despite this, the most vulnerable sectors of the country’s population are already suffering the impacts of this major threat. Friends of the Earth El Salvador / CESTA has placed climate change high on its agenda, believing that measures should be taken at the local, national and global level to tackle climate change.
el salvador: fostering community resistance to corporate exploitation
El Salvador’s history is a paradoxical one, filled with struggle and hope. After 12 years of brutal civil war ending with the 1992 Peace Agreements, and with major inequalities between rich and poor, El Salvador nonetheless persists with a neoliberal agenda at the expense of social policies. This has promoted privatization, dollarization, free trade agreements, transnational corporate (TNC) control over electricity supply, pension funds and phone services, and worsening social and ecological conflicts. Plan Puebla Panamá further entails mega-projects which will tap out the country’s remaining natural resources.
el salvador: protecting el salvador’s precious remnant forests
El Salvador’s Cordillera el Bálsamo and El Espino forests are areas of national relevance, for their biological diversity as well as their role as rain water catchments. However, these forests are being devastated by the construction industry to give way to housing for rich people, shopping centres and hotels. Furthermore, in the case of El Espino, a highway is slated to pass through it, as part of the framework for Plan Puebla Panamá infrastructure projects. Both these forest areas are very fragile and vulnerable to climatic events such as hurricanes and storms.
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foei forests campaign builds alliances in 2007
With half of global forests destroyed, and in the face of ongoing deforestation, Friends of the Earth International is continuing its campaign to halt illegal logging and unsustainable forest practices. We believe sustainable forest management and small-scale agriculture are best left to Indigenous Peoples and local communities, who should be granted land and resource rights.
costa rica: anti-free-trade movement building success
The campaign against the Central American Free Trade Agreement culminated in a major movement building success for COECO/Friends of the Earth Costa Rica.
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