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friends of the earth in the media

In 2004, Friends of the Earth International continued to increase its media presence around the world. Throughout the year, around 80 press releases were sent to thousands of journalists covering all continents.

Real World Radio ( ), a collaboration between Friends of the Earth International and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, broadcast in Spanish, Portuguese and English at various events throughout the year including the UN Climate Change meeting in Buenos Aires in December. Real World Radio news was picked up by many community radio stations throughout Latin America and the rest of the world, and its website was visited by tens of thousands of users in 2004.

on the december 2004 asian tsunam i “What we have seen in the tsunami crisis is that the areas that were protected naturally suffered less than those that were more exposed. The full fury and wrath of the tidal waves were felt in areas where nature's green belts of coral reefs and mangroves no longer exist or were never present in the first place. It is only through having such natural defenses that coastal communities can be protected in the long run.” Friends of the Earth International Chair Meena Raman in a January 2005 Reuters news agency report.

on foei patron wangari maathai, 2004 nobel peace prize winner “We environmentalists are sometimes portrayed as anti-development, as anti-progress, but this award is a great vindication that caring for the environment is crucial to Africans who live so close to the earth.” Nnimmo Bassey, Friends of the Earth Nigeria, Associated Press news agency, October 2004.

on genetically modified crops in the united states “The [ US ] government is allowing the contamination of our food supply with experimental material they haven't tested.” Bill Freese, Friends of the Earth United States, in a November 2004 Inter Press Service news agency report.

on mining in indonesia ‘”In Indonesia, multinational mining companies including Rio Tinto, BP, Newmont and Newcrest still seek mining concessions in the country's critical conservation areas. Some companies threatened to sue the Indonesian government for revoking mining concessions in the areas planned to be declared protected forests. Indonesian bays have been turned into dumping grounds for mine tailings, and Newmont employs harmful practices banned at home in the United States.” Farah Sofa, Friends of the Earth Indonesia, in a November 2004 report in The Nation newspaper ( Thailand ).

on world bank plans to water down loan conditions “These flawed proposals seriously undermine the World Bank's duty to protect the environment and affected communities. These new plans will weaken already inadequate safeguards and must be abandoned.” Hannah Ellis, Friends of the Earth International, on OneWorld US news service in September 2004.

on efforts to revive world trade organization talks “Now is the time for the United States and the EU to realize that they must give up their corporate-driven trade agenda, exchanging it for a progressive approach to developing fair and sustainable economies that work for everyone.” Alexandra Wandel in a January 2004 Inter Press Service report.

on the world trade organization and genetically modified organisms “The WTO is effectively going to be force-feeding the world GMOs. We don't think that the WTO is the right place to be making decisions about the food that people eat.” Liana Stupples, Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland in a May 2004 OsterDowJones report.

on the world bank's extractive industries review “The Buyat Bay pollution disaster shows that instead of benefiting poor communities, mining operations destroy livelihoods and health. The Buyat Bay pollution is an example of why the Extractive Industries Review of the World Bank Group's lending practices headed by Indonesian environmental diplomat and statesman Dr. Emil Salim should have been taken more seriously by the [World Bank's] International Finance Corporation.” Longgena Ginting, director of WALHI/Friends of the Earth Indonesia on Environment News Service, August 2004

on trade talks at the world economic forum ”While the WEF claims to act in the public interest, behind the closed doors and the WEF's public relations gloss there is a different reality. Prosperity for the WEF means prosperity for the huge multinational corporations who write the world trade rules that help them, but often hurt the global environment and the poorest people.” FoEI Vice-Chair Tony Juniper in a January 2004 Inter Press Service report. friends of the earth in the media

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