Friends of the Earth expresses its deep concern and solidarity as the world faces the COVID-19 crisis, which is already impacting so many peoples globally, especially those affected by structural inequalities. The heavy toll on human lives is profoundly shocking, in a world that was unprepared for such a disaster. This is a crisis that…

A delegation from Friends of the Earth International was present at the 7th International Meeting of Agroecology, Sustainable Agriculture and Cooperativism in Cuba, 17-23 November 2019, organized by the National Association of Small Farmers of Cuba (ANAP), member of La Via Campesina. This was the first time representatives from all regions of the federation gathered…

We are all experiencing deep interconnected systemic crises that threaten life on earth. These climate and biodiversity crises are the result of a system that privileges the profit of transnational corporations and disregards peoples’ rights and the environment.  Transnational corporations continue to trample unabated over the planet, monopolizing lands, territories and waters, displacing peoples, destroying…

Our societies have mostly been organized to maximize capitalist accumulation for the benefit and privilege of elites and corporations, through the commodification of Nature and our territories, the control over women and their bodies and the appropriation of women’s and workers’ labour force. This historical and ongoing exploitation is possible through the reproduction of mutually…

We are facing deep-rooted climate, social and environmental crises. The current dominant economic system cannot provide solutions. It is time for system change. For Friends of the Earth International this means creating societies based on peoples’ sovereignty and environmental, social, economic and gender justice. We must question and deconstruct the capitalist logic of accumulation. The climate…

Do we care more about people or forests? This seems to be the question implicit in much of the current debate that pits forest protection and nature conservation against food production. A debate that involves much political hand wringing over the limited supply of land to do both. But this is a false conundrum. Yes,…

Finally, it seems that the urgency of the climate crisis has become impossible for decision-makers — especially in the global North — to ignore. In the past few months, hundreds of local governments as well as a handful of national governments in the global North have declared a climate emergency. Make no mistake — this…

6 May 2019, Paris: The world faces ecological collapse and mass extinctions unless dramatic action is taken to change social and economic systems, according to a global assessment launched today by The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) The IPBES report is the most comprehensive scientific global assessment on biodiversity and ecosystem…

Karin Nansen laying out a Gender justice flag

Part 2: How we make change The second in a two-part series marking Friends of the Earth International’s 50th year in 2021.  In Part 1 we looked at key moments in Friends of the Earth International’s history and at how our understanding of our mission has become firmly rooted in environmental justice and the need…

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