Protests at Gotagogama in front of the Presidential Secretariat © Diwanka Randula Podduwage

Hemantha Withanage, Chair of Friends of the Earth International, explores the debt crisis and the dynamics that led to protests in Sri Lanka — from an international debt crisis to rampant hunger, poverty, and political turmoil, caused by an undemocratic, neoliberal regime. After over 100 days of public protest, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa finally…

50th anniversary participants

Part 1: How did we get here? As Friends of the Earth International turned 50 in 2021 we took a moment to reflect on our journey to date and the federation’s role as humanity faces its greatest challenges.  The outline of the story is clear. Friends of the Earth International was founded in 1971 by…

Karin Nansen laying out a Gender justice flag

Karin Nansen reflects on Friends of the Earth International’s past, present and future as we strive for system change.  Our 50th Anniversary is an opportunity to assess our contributions to environmental justice, learn from our history, analyse the current international context and challenges ahead, and look forward to the part we can play in the…

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