Forests and biodiversity
Corpwatch, May 2007: This report, a profile of Barrick Gold, the world’s largest gold mining company, is an illustration of what is wrong with the gold industry today. In these pages, you will find numerous examples in which Barrick’s interests and the interests of the communities within which it operates are pitted directly against each other. From avoiding responsibility for the destructive environmental legacy of their projects or aligning itself with corrupt politicians, to employing police who violently suppress (and sometimes kill) mine critics, Barrick’s power in these struggles creates a compelling case for intervention.
Friends of the Earth US and other groups, January 2003: Do you know under what conditions the clothes you wear were manufactured, the gas you burn in your car was extracted, the gold in the jewelry you own was mined, or the television set you watch was assembled? As a consumer of these and other products, don’t you have a right to know? American consumers who buy products from overseas too often become unwitting accomplices in destructive activities. The right-to-know loophole makes it all but impossible for U.S. consumers to know how products were manufactured abroad.
Friends of the Earth England Wales and Northern Ireland, 2002: This report is a testament to the people around the world who have suffered and continue to suffer from Shell’s operations. If Shell is serious about its aims to be an environmentally and socially responsible multinational it has nothing to fear from engaging with local communities. And it should have nothing to fear from our proposed changes to UK company law, that would allow communities to hold corporations to account for their impacts on people and the environment.
Friends of the Earth International, 2009: At Friends of the Earth International we believe that we must fight against destructive logging, which we conceive as the process or activities of forest exploitation that threaten and/or negatively impact the health of the ecosystem and the livelihood and rights of the forest peoples and the local communities, from a social, economic, cultural and spiritual point of view.
Friends of the Earth Brazil commissioned a collection of 15 cartoons taking a comic look at ‘sustainable agrofuels’. The cartoons were produced in collaboration with FoE groups and local artists.
Friends of the Earth International, 2008: Community rights are the rights of local communities and Indigenous Peoples. These are ancestral and collective rights that can contribute to secure their traditional way of life, and are based on their collective management of Nature (keeping balanced relations in the ecosystems through the sustainable use and conservation of its elements, and improving and discovering the uses of biodiversity); based also in the diversity within the different countries and established as an act of justice and fairness in compensation for the oppression they have been subjected to.
Friends of the Earth International, 2008: Community-based forest governance (CFG) refers to the regulations and practices used by many communities for the conservation and sustainable use of the forests with which they coexist. This type of governance is collective-communal, and by tradition identifies with the protection of the forests with regard to their industrial and commercial use. It also identifies itself with traditional knowledge as an alternative to the classic "forest science".
Friends of the Earth International, December 2008: Non-profits around the world illustrate why the World Bank should not have any role in an international climate change convention regime in this report.
Friends of the Earth International, July 2008: Only a radical change based on climate justice will be able to prevent the worst consequences of climate change. Friends of the Earth describes its positions ahead of the United Nations Climate Change conference in Poznan, Poland in December 2008.