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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.
netherlands & cameroon: linking up to tackle cameroon’s illegal logging
Cameroon has more than 20 million hectares of humid tropical forest: however, illegal and destructive logging threatens this precious natural heritage and the people who depend on it. Europe is a major buyer of Cameroon’s timber, with the Netherlands being one of the biggest markets.
international campaign victories
Our international programs made some important advances in 2007, catalyzed and propelled by the local and national work of our groups and our allies around the world. A selection of these victories are described in this section of the annual report.
netherlands: tackling climate injustice and world bank funding for fossil fuels
Spiralling emissions from burning fossil fuels are already causing glacier melt, worsening droughts and rising sea levels. Yet international financial institutions (IFIs) including the World Bank continue to fund fossil fuel projects that will add to this damage. And although the bulk of the emissions which cause climate change stem from developed countries, it is people in the world’s poorest regions who suffer the greatest impacts.
shell, use your profits to clean up your mess!
In February 2007, Shell announced that its profits were sky-high for 2006, following on from record-breaking 2005 profits. With such wealth, one would expect Shell to adhere to its much touted commitment to Corporate Social Responsiblity. Yet around the world, people living on the “fenceline” of Shell’s operations are pay dearly for its profits through severe environmental pollution and degredation.
funding and membership support
peru: bringing fisheries back from the brink of collapse
The Peruvian Sea is one of the world’s richest, not only in terms of fish numbers, but also the great diversity of species. The most important species are anchovies, as the base for one of Peru’s most important sources of income: the fish meal and fish oil industry, which generates two percent of the GDP and 150,000 jobs.
oil refineries emit smoke, not flowers!
Shell is infamous for environmentally destructive and highly polluting oil operations around the world. So when Friends of the Earth campaigners saw a Shell advertisment depicting a refinery smokestack emitting only flowers, instead of smoke, they recognised it for what it was: blatant greenwash. And they took action, by filing simultaneous complaints to three European national advertising standards authorities in the Netherlands, England and Belgium.
shell, use your profits to clean up your mess!
In February 2007, Shell announced that its profits were sky-high for 2006, following on from record-breaking 2005 profits. With such wealth, one would expect Shell to adhere to its much touted commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility. Yet around the world, people living on the “fenceline” of Shell’s operations are paying dearly for its profits through severe environmental pollution and degradation.
“non-flying” politicians declare support for airplane fuel tax
Already responsible for about 10 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in Europe, aviation emissions are growing fast. Yet a September 2007 expert report commissioned by Friends of the Earth Europe confirmed that the European Union must do more if these emissions are to be curbed. An important step in the right direction is to ensure that the cost of flying reflects its environmental impact, by putting a tax on aviation fuel and a value-added tax on airline tickets.
netherlands: victory as judge prohibits highway-widening
Despite lofty speeches about air quality and climate policy, recent Dutch governments have a common tendency to contradict their words when it comes to roadways: they continually call for more and wider roads “to get the traffic going” and close their eyes to the extra emissions traffic produces. We can see this happening in Leiderdorp, a small town along the highway connecting Amsterdam to The Hague. As in many other places in the Netherlands, the government wants to broaden the highway from two dual roadways to two four-lane roadways.
netherlands: minister promises action on illegal timber
Friends of the Earth Netherlands is pleased that the Dutch Minister of Agriculture, Gerda Verburg, has promised to pursue European legislation to halt illegal logging. This is the first time that specific steps to address the issue of illegal logging and the timber trade have been made in the Netherlands.
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