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File annual report 2009 - executive summary
Download a summarized version of the 2009 annual report.
Cameroon: corporations and biodiversity
Cameroon is in Central Africa’s Congo Basin, one of the world’s largest reservoirs of biodiversity. Yet unsustainable logging, industrial plantations, mining and large construction projects carried out by foreign transnational corporations are threatening Cameroon’s indigenous communities and wildlife.
european groups: challenging oil and steel giants
Friends of the Earth Europe is campaigning to raise awareness about the impacts of extractive industries. Many developing countries have large reserves of natural resources, such as oil, gas, coal, gold and copper. But decades of irresponsible oil, mining and gas exploration have produced devastating social and environmental effects in many developing countries.
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.
european groups: resistance to gmos continues to grow
Friends of the Earth Europe tracks and challenges the biotechnology industry’s activities, publishing an annual report on the state of the industry. Its 2009 report, "Who Benefits from GM crops? Feeding the biotech giants, not the world’s poor," looks behind the spin and exposes the reasons why GM crops cannot, and are unlikely to ever, contribute to poverty reduction, global food security or sustainable farming.
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.
selected media quotes from 2009
In 2009, hundreds of news stories quoting Friends of the Earth messages were published and aired by a broad spectrum of media organizations, ranging from the world's leading newspapers and TV news programs such as the Financial Times and CNN, through to alternative news sources like the IPS news agency and Indymedia. The following selected quotes are from stories published during the year.
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 in 2008
The main goal of FoEI's agrofuels campaign is to halt the development, production and trade of agrofuels, which is threatening food sovereignty and biodiversity, and has been shown to be a false solution to the climate crisis.
Forest and Biodiversity program highlights
The Forest and Biodiversity Program’s objective is to strengthen and promote sustainable local initiatives for the protection and local use of forests and biodiversity. We resist and mobilize against destructives practices, actions and policies that destroy forests and biodiversity. We also work to build and strengthen, a global movement for forests, biodiversity and the communities that depend on them, in the medium and long term.
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.
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.
Economic Justice - Resisting Neoliberalism (ejrn) program
The overall goal of the EJRN program for 2008 was to create 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.
focusing on the links between industrial agriculture and trade
In 2008, FoE groups from all regions compiled case studies focused on defending territories and land rights from agribusiness and controversial agricultural expansions, such as deforestation for palm plantations in Asia or land evictions for soy and tree monocultures in South America.
Food Sovereignty Program highlights
The Food Sovereignty Program’s objective is to resist and expose industrial corporate-led agriculture and promote food sovereignty.
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.
argentina: attracting attention to water with art, music and stories
Today, one in six people lack access to safe, affordable water, and two in five lack access to adequate sanitation. The United Nations expects these numbers to rise. But in Argentina, as in many other countries, there is still very little information available about the importance of using water sustainably and democratically. There is also a lack of emphasis on the use of public spaces as places where people can enjoy themselves and meet their families, friends and others.
cameroon: corporations and biodiversity
Cameroon is in Central Africa’s Congo Basin, one of the world’s largest reservoirs of biodiversity. Yet unsustainable logging, mining and large construction projects carried out by foreign transnational corporations are threatening Cameroon’s Indigenous communities and wildlife.
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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