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Friends of the Earth groups around the
world demonstrated against the US-led war
in Iraq in the early months of 2003. In
March, an e-mail action on the Friends of
the Earth International website calling for
an emergency session of the United Nations
General Assembly in order to put a stop to
the war resulted in 13,000 e-mails being
sent to UN ambassadors in less than 24
In 2003, the total number of visitors
to the Friends of the Earth International
374,159. This is an increase of 79 percent
from the total number of visitors (209,342)
Friends of the Earth International has
approximately one million members and
supporters around the world.
The Friends of the Earth International
publication "Clashes with Corporate Giants"
was downloaded approximately 30,000 times
throughout 2003 (23,000 times in English,
3500 each in French and Spanish). "Water
Justice for All" was downloaded more than
40,000 times in the three languages. And
our publication for the WTO Summit in
Cancun, "Business Rules: Who Pays the
Price?" was downloaded nearly 25,000 times
in the last few months of 2003 alone.
In 2003, Friends of the Earth
International financially supported forest
conservation projects in Argentina, Brazil,
Cameroon, Colombia, Costa Rica, France,
Ghana, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New
Guinea and Paraguay.
253 Friends of the Earth activists are
now logged into Friends of the Earth
International’s internal website, the
"insite". 92 of these people have received
individual training by Sisi Nutt, our
By the end of 2003, there were 1200
people on the Friends of the Earth
International cyberaction list taking part
in our regular action alerts.
An October 2003 Friends of the Earth
Europe cyberaction to convince European
decisionmakers to regulate chemicals
resulted in over 30,000 e-mails being sent
The 2003 Goldman Prize went to three
individuals nominated by Friends of the
Earth groups: Julia Bonds, an Appalachian
woman defending her West Virginia community
against the devastating practice of
mountaintop removal coal mining and Eileen
Kampakuta Brown and Eileen Wani Wingfield,
two Aboriginal elders from the Australian
desert blocking construction of a federal
nuclear waste dump.
In 2003-2004, the Friends of the Earth
Secretariat team included staff and
volunteers from Argentina, Australia,
Austria, Belgium, Colombia, Costa Rica, the
Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Indonesia,
Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, the
Philippines, Poland, Spain, Suriname, the
United Kingdom and the United States.
In 2003, Friends of the Earth Uruguay
and Friends of the Earth International
launched a children’s website,
, in Spanish. The site uses clay figures
and, animation, sound and video to explain
environmental and social issues to younger
members of the public.
An average of 30 groups request
membership information from the
International Secretariat each month. From
these, a handful of new groups fulfilling
the membership criteria are admitted by the
Biannual General Meeting.
In 2003, Friends of the Earth
International’s Membership Support Fund
distributed nearly 500,000 Euros to 30 of
our members worldwide. We also recommended
that US$90,000 be granted by the Global
Greengrants Fund to non-Friends of the
Earth groups around the world.