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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.
strengthening the fight for a GM-free world
The fight for a GM-free world is still a priority for the food sovereignty movement. In 2008, FoEI continued providing a comprehensive assessment of the impact of genetically modified (GM) crops in agriculture.
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).
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.
south africa and mozambique: east and southern africa unite against oil
Along the quite shores of Lake Albert, which is the sacred source of the Nile, the Dublin-based Tullow Oil company is developing an oil refinery complex using the crude found in this pristine part of Africa. How much longer will Lake Albert keep its beauty, how much longer until the environmental injustice and ecological and human violence of the Niger Delta is brought to bear on this part of the world?
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.
our strategic plan
Since 2005, Friends of the Earth International has been engaged in developing and implementing an ambitious strategic plan for the federation.
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.
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.
nigeria and ghana: warning communities about Ghana black gold
Although oil and gas exploration have been central to the Nigerian economy for over fifty years, the people living in the Niger Delta have only pain and anguish to show for it.
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.
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.
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.
October: foei at world bank meetings in washington dc
Friends of the Earth International used the opportunity of the World Bank meetings in Washington in October 2008 to continue to push for the Bank not to contaminate the climate debate, a process we started in Bali in December 2007.
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.
FoEI Exchange Program in 2008
Throughout 2007 and 2008, we have carried out exchanges between staff members from FoE groups in different continents. This program was funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Exchange Program stimulated the process of sharing of experiences, lessons learned and knowledge on IFIs and economic policy.
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