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File annual report 2009 - executive summary
Download a summarized version of the 2009 annual report.
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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.
turning off the tap: fighting financial support for agrofuels
Thanks to our advocacy work, and together with many of our allies, we succeeded in radically shifting public and political opinion on agrofuels from ‘strong support’ to ‘very cautious’.
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.
denouncing corporate driven policies
FoEI has been one of the most active groups working on the topic of trade and climate change. Through policy articles, press releases, public interventions and seminars, we have highlighted how the ‘development-as-usual’ approach of the EU in particular, has aimed to expand corporate-friendly trade rules by deregulating and liberalizing energy markets: this contradicts its own commitment to fighting climate change.
halting destructive projects
In 2008, we continued to work on numerous national and international campaigns to halt projects financed and/or promoted by international financial institutions (IFIs) and multinational corporations, that threaten the livelihoods of vulnerable communities by damaging the environment and decreasing local control over resources.
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).
reflecting communities’ experiences of resistance and mobilization
reflecting communities’ experiences of resistance and mobilization and translating them into national and international policy demands
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.
haiti: raising awareness of gmos and supporting local food
Friends of the Earth Haiti / Haïti Survie has been working since 2007 to raise awareness of the dangers of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and to promote food sovereignty.
haiti: adapting to climate change, collecting rainwater
Lack of a secure water supply makes poor communities vulnerable to changes in weather. People, particularly women and children, are obliged to spend a lot of time on the exhausting task of carrying water to where it’s needed.
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.
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.
haiti: strengthening haitians’ capacity to deal with climate change
Small island states like Haiti are very vulnerable to climate change. According to Aldrin Calixte of Friends of the Earth Haiti / Haiti Survie, “Due to their limited resources, climate-change related catastrophes negatively affect those states' capacity to limit damages, prevent epidemics and rebuilt infrastructure, economies and communities in the long term."
haiti: strengthening food sovereignty
The threats posed by genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not very well known in Haiti — or at least no one there speaks much about them. To raise awareness in all the relevant sectors, Friends of the Earth Haiti / Haiti Survie ran a project about GMOs and their impacts, and at the same time they began an action plan for food sovereignty.
report: voices from the front lines of climate change
A 2007 report from Friends of the Earth International provides nine case studies of climate change impacts from countries around the globe. Looking at impacts and adaptations, the case studies also feature testimonies which provide insight into dramatic first-hand experience of the devastation of climate change.
mauritius: addressing climate change damage to island livelihoods
Mauritius is among Africa’s top nations in terms of GDP and living standards. However, on Rodrigues, a semi-autonomous island district 560 kilometres north-east of Mauritius Island, livelihoods and productivity have been deeply affected by climate change. As farmers’ and fishers’ ability to export their produce falls, poverty is on the rise.
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