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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.
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.
hello friends far and wide!
Welcome to our annual report! Settle down and pour yourself a cup of tea or coffee. We want to share hundreds of exciting activities and developments over the past year which we think will give you a good overview of the work our federation has been doing in our core areas of mobilization, resistance and transformation.
papua new guinea: holding corporations accountable
Papua New Guinea is home to some of the Asia Pacific region’s largest continuous tracts of ancient rainforest.
honduras: the popular struggle against mining
In Honduras, mining companies like Gold Crop consider themselves as the owners of the territories where they operate, violating human rights and the constitution of the country. Their history in the country is one of colonization, slavery and racism.
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.
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.
film and video
In 2008, we deepened our commitment to provide video and film material for our audiences around the world. Our efforts were focused in several complementary areas: a major film documentary that was screened on mainstream television; many video clips on different issues produced by our groups and posted on websites; and our community testimonies, which can be downloaded from our website.
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.
community testimonies: building capacity
In 2008, Friends of the Earth International hosted three commmunity testimonies from Africa, Latin America and Asia. Read here about the experiences of our three interns.
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.
mobilize, resist and transform t-shirts
During our Bi-annual General Meeting in Honduras, all participants received colorful FoEI t-shirts designed by Friends of the Earth Chile. The design represents the importance of unity, working together and mobilization.
guiding the implementation of the strategic plan
The Friends of the Earth International strategic plan has four building blocks or strategic themes: to mobilize, to resist, to transform, and to strengthen the federation. We are now in the third year of implementing the plan, and we devoted further time to deepening our understanding and strategies around these themes during the 2008 Bi-annual General Meeting in Honduras.
bi-annual general meeting 2008
The Bi-Annual General Meeting (BGM) of Friends of the Earth International took place in El Pilinguin, Honduras, from 10-15 November 2008. There were 112 participants (including 45 women) from 53 countries.
new members, executive committee and chair
Members of Friends of the Earth International voted in new members, a new chair, and a new executive committee at the 2008 Biannual General Meeting in Honduras.
cultural program at the bi-annual general meeting
FoE groups celebrated the power of art and of their own cultural diversity during FoEI's bi-annual general meeting in Honduras in November 2008.
honduras: pre-conference on the impacts of mining and climate change
Friends of the Earth International, Friends of the Earth Honduras, and local women community leaders organized a two-day pre-conference before the BGM.
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.
Friends of the Earth International is committed to reaching and mobilizing people of all ages in every part of the world so that they work with us in creating a more just and sustainable future.
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