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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.
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).
exposing ineffective climate change policies in international financial institutions
FoEI monitored the World Bank's framework on 'clean energy investment' and the emissions-trading schemes promoted by the various international financial institutions (IFIs). The World Bank’s Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) were a key focus: FoEI actively engaged in different decision-making arenas to express our concerns about the Bank's proposals. FoEI believes that the World Bank is the wrong institution to manage climate change funding. It has unequal decision-making structures, continues to invest massively in fossil fuels, and considers coal a potentially clean source of energy.
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.
netherlands and nigeria: taking shell to court for flaring and spilling
FoE Nigeria is using legal channels to force oil companies in Nigeria to clean up their operations. Litigation to stop gas flaring is being pursued through the Nigerian courts, and FoE Nigeria has been closely involved in developing a legal case on gas flaring.
netherlands: raising the alarm about world bank climate investment funds
The World Bank approved its Climate Investment Funds (CIF) in 2008.
foe europe, the netherlands and uruguay: (ex)changing worlds!
Neoliberal economic globalization creates unfair and often damaging links between impoverished nations in the south and rich industrialized countries in the north.
curaçao: antarctic expedition
After a strenuous but very instructive expedition to Antarctica, the three Curaçaoan participants, selected by Amigu di Tera (FoE Curaçao), have returned home safely. The expedition, led by the well-known polar explorer and environmental activist Robert Swan, spent 10 days in the Antarctic Peninsula area and the surrounding waters.
nigeria: legal resistance to corporate abuse
Despite concerted efforts at combating the environmental and social problems created by the activities of transnational oil and gas corporations in Nigeria’s Niger Delta, corporations continue to operate in a manner that falls far short of globally accepted best practices.
nigeria: implications of climate change
Climate change is severely affecting livelihoods in Nigeria. Rainfall patterns are changing, and springs and streams are drying up. Desertification is intensifying, and crop yields dwindling causing food shortages. Storms, flooding and coastal erosion are all also increasing.
poison fire: foei documentary on gas flaring in nigeria
Poison Fire, a documentary exposing oil and gas abuses in Nigeria and featuring Friends of the Earth Nigeria volunteers, had its world premiere at the prestigious International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA) from November 20-30th 2008.
agrofuels reports: latin america, asia and europe
Rising oil prices coupled with the need to cut down the energy dependency from politically unstable oil producing countries, has pushed northern nations to boost the production of large scale biofuels, also known as agrofuels. This is severely impacting vulnerable communities and ecosystems in the South. Land grabbing by large companies happens to the detriment of local livelihoods, forests and human rights.
trainings for communicators, journalists and campaigners
In May 2008, Friends of the Earth International organized a one-day training for campaigners in Zagreb, Croatia, during which participants skill-shared about media messaging and started developing a federation-wide communications strategy around climate and energy issues.
december: young people from across europe meet EU ministers and demand wrap it up!
European environment ministers arriving at crucial climate negotiations in Poland in December received messages sent by over a thousand young people urging them to 'wrap up' climate change.
January: Palm oil advert misleading
Friends of the Earth International's official complaint to the UK Advertising Standards Agency about a palm oil advert was fully upheld on 9 January 2008.
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.
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.
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