Peasants' rights blog_drawing by La Via Campesina

On 17th April each year, we mark the International Day of Peasant Struggles, to remember 19 landless farm workers killed by Brazil’s military police in 1996, for defending their right to settle on unused land. In 2023, now 27 years on from the Eldorado do Carajás massacre, the repression of rural workers, along with peasants,…

Each year, a Friends of the Earth International delegation of activists and experts go to the UNFCCC COP to make our calls for climate justice, equity and action heard. We join our allies, including the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice and many others, to bring the voices of those most impacted by climate change…

man standing in palm oil plantation in Indonesia

The COP26 pledge to halt deforestation is riddled with hypocrisy and loopholes that risk allowing corporations and historically big polluting countries to keep emitting fossil fuels while claiming to tackle climate change by investing in forests. The finance pledges are eerily similar to discredited REDD+ initiatives which in the last ten years have failed to…

Nature based solutions a wolf in sheeps clothing image

The concept of Nature Based Solutions – being touted by corporations, business associations and governments ahead of COP26 – is a dangerous deception and distraction from the real solutions to the climate crisis, says Friends of the Earth International in a new report. As the clock ticks towards 2030, keeping global temperature rise to below 1.5 degrees means…

What is financialisation of nature? Financialisation of nature comprises a broad range of mechanisms, including Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD), carbon offsets, biodiversity and habitat banks, biodiversity offsets, among others. These mechanisms share the common feature of putting a price on nature, turning it into a financial asset, a thing that can…

No REDD in Africa Network and Global protest in solidarity with the communities threatened by REDD. 8 December 2015 COP21 Paris WEB

2 December 2019, Madrid, Spain As the international climate talks open today in Madrid, Spain, the world faces the re-emergence of a threat that could derail urgent action on the climate crisis: Carbon Markets are back on the table as a proposed ‘solution’ to reduce emissions. Dipti Bhatnagar, Climate Justice and Energy Programme Coordinator for…

shell action

Katowice, Poland, 3 December 2018: Today, communities directly impacted by Shell’s abusive practices spoke out as fossil-fuel trade association IETA hosted representatives from the Big Polluter for an event at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s 24th conference of the parties (COP24). The side event happened just days after a Shell executive bragged about the…