did you know?
The 2008 Friends of the Earth International award was presented to the women of the Honduran Commiteee of Action for Peace (COHAPAZ) for their dedication to social and environmental development and for the struggle for peace and justice in Honduras.
Meena Raman, FoEI chair for most of 2008, gave a stellar speech on behalf of the NGO community in the High Level Segment at the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Bonn in May. Check it out here: www.eed.de/de/de.col/de.sub.41/de.sub.news/de.news.818
FoE Europe's biofuels campaign, run with other European NGOs, was shortlisted for the 2008 Campaign of the Year award by the European Public Affairs Awards 2008. According to EPAA, the campaign has "done a tremendous job in drawing the attention to some of the serious unintended consequences of biofuels.”
In 2008, FoEI’s Membership Support Fund distributed 1.22 million Euros to 31 of our members in the global South and in Central Eastern European countries: Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, El Salvador, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nepal, Nigeria, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, South Africa, Swaziland, Sweden, Togo, and Uruguay.
Nnimmo Bassey from FoE Nigeria (elected FoEI Chair in November 2008) gave evidence to the US Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Human Rights in Washington DC on oil development in Nigeria and the violent suppression of environmental protestors. In response, the chair of the committee agreed that environmental rights are human rights and wondered why the US has strict laws on corporations involved in bribery abroad yet is silent on those who commit environmental rights atrocities.
The 2008 Friends of the Earth International GMO publication “Who Benefits from GM Crops?” was produced in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, Georgian, Russian, Armenian, Azerbaijan and Portuguese.
Our presence on social networks such as Facebook and MySpace is informing audiences beyond FoEI.org about the work of the federation.
More and more people are taking part in solidarity work via our website. As of May 2009 there were 2,450 cyberactivists on our list.
A survey carried out among Brussels-based journalists in 2008 identified FoE Europe's press work as better than any other NGO or stakeholder in Brussels. See: www.euractiv.com/en/pa/survey-pr-people-wasting-journalists-time/article-172290
The UK's 2008 Green Awards nominated Friends of the Earth's website, www.thebigask.com, as the Best Green Website. The website invited members of the public to “book a flight” on a cyberplane to send the message to their MP to tell the government to stop ignoring pollution from planes and ships and include them in the Climate Change Bill.
FoEI shared local realities and struggles through our community testimony video streams of more than 30 impacted communities from all over the world in English, French and Spanish.
Friends of the Earth Internationals’ Poison Fire documentary exposing oil and gas abuses in Nigeria was launched with a world premiere at the prestigious International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA) in November 2008.
In the last quarter of 2008 the Friends of the Earth International website received an average of 20,000 visitors a month creating 60,000 page views.