Economic justice - resisting neoliberalism
Friends of the Earth International describes the flaws with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), a programme largely funded by the Bill Gates Foundation. This commentary argues that AGRA's corporate agenda risks compounding the problems it aims to solve. The Foundation's programmes may marginalize the vital role of women in traditional societies and lift control of seeds and farm management from community to corporate level.
An overview of what happens when you treat nature as a commodity, who is responsible and why it needs to stop. Also available in French and Spanish on the website of Amis de la Tierre http://www.amisdelaterre.org/Campagne-La-nature-n-est-pas-a.html
As the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) turns 20, there are real concerns about the increasing influence of major corporations and business lobby groups within the UN.
A Conferência das Nações Unidas sobre Desenvolvimento Sustentável faz 20 anos, e há preocupações reais com a crescente influência de grandes corporações e grupos de lobby de negócios dentro da ONU.
Friends of the Earth Mozambique and the National Farmers Union of Mozambique, March 2011: This report uses case studies to analyse the practice of land grabbing taking place in Mozambique.
How land grabbing in Uganda is affecting the environment, livelihoods and food sovereignty of communities
"Combat Monsanto", Friends of the Earth International and La Via Campesina, April 2012: This report provides snapshots of frontline struggles against Monsanto and other biotech corporations pushing genetically modified (GM) crops. It shows that small-holder and organic farmers, local communities and social movements around the world are resisting and rejecting Monsanto, and the agro-industrial model that it represents.
Friends of the Earth Europe, January 2012: How European banks, pension funds and insurance companies are increasing global hunger and poverty by speculating on food prices and financing land grabs in poorer countries.
Friends of the Earth International, January 2011: The Brazilian company Vale is the world’s second largest metals and mining company and one of the largest producers of raw materials globally. Keen to protect its extractive and energy interests, Vale has used its proximity to the Brazilian government (which owns part of the company) to push for industry-driven measures through the UN’s climate negotiations, urging greater financial incentives and less stringent regulations for carbon offsetting.
Amigos da Terra Internacional, Janeiro 2012: A empresa brasileira Vale é a segunda maior em metais e mineração e uma das maiores produtoras de matéria bruta no globo1. A empresa está se expandindo rapidamente2, inclusive na África, onde possui grande interesse em carvão mineral – um dos recursos energéticos mais intensos em carbono. Com o intuito de proteger seus interesses extrativistas e de energia, a Vale tem utilizado sua proximidade com o governo brasileiro (que detém parte da empresa) para pressionar, através das negociações climáticas da ONU, medidas dirigidas às indústrias – instigando maiores incentivos financeiros e medidas reguladoras mais brandas para compensações de emissões.
Friends of the Earth International, December 2011: The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) calls itself the “leading voice of the global business community on emissions trading” and represents a range of energy-intensive industries, from Shell to Rio Tinto. It plays an active lobbying role at UN climate talks, pushing for the expansion of carbon trading and to weaken standards under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), currently the main international offset mechanism.
Friends of the Earth International, December 2011: The corporate and elite capture of decision-making at the national level is a key factor underpinning governments’ failure to deliver economic transformation at the scale and speed needed to prevent the Earth’s climate from deteriorating further and avoiding even more dangerous climate tipping points. With this series of case studies, Friends of the Earth International aims to help open a window into the complex and largely hidden world of corporate pressure exerted over national and international climate and environmental policy.
Friends of the Earth International, December 2011: With the launch of a series of briefings, Friends of the Earth International is aiming to help shed light on what we consider to be the central issue underlying a lack of governmental accountability toward ordinary citizens on environmental and sustainability issues. In the area of climate policy and beyond, governmental positions have been increasingly hijacked by narrow corporate interests linked to polluting industries and industries seeking to profit from the climate crisis.
Friends of the Earth International, November 2011: This publication brings together stories from Africa, North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Central Asia and Eastern Europe on the heroism of those who have been killed and those whose rights had been violated, as well as those who are presently being repressed in their resistance against mining, oil and gas projects around the world.
Friends of the Earth International, October 2011: Friends of the Earth International promotes the respect and enforcement of community rights as a means to resist corporate power and create social change. Our member groups around the world are working closely with local communities, demanding a just transition towards sustainable rural and urban societies, in contrast to the current profit-driven, neoliberal paradigm. This report focuses on campaigns that have the defence and enforcement of community rights at the heart of their struggles.