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Friends of the Earth Finland is a membership organization and a coalition of individual members, action groups, local FoE organizations and like-minded Finnish NGOs. It was founded in June 1996 in Turku. The objective of the organization is to promote
- the creation of a democratic and ecologically sustainable society
- locally oriented economy
- social, economic, political and intergenerational equality
- protection of Earth from further destruction
- preservation of the World's ecological, cultural and ethnic diversity
- work against military structures
- human and animal rights and cooperation of organizations and progressive groups.
The power of the organization rises from broadminded thinking and a vast diversity of people around Finland. The scope of activity varies from national to regional and from global campaigns to everyday issues of ways of living. Local action relies on the activity of creative individuals. National campaigns are planned in annual meetings. The amount of members and sub-organizations is growing rapidly. FoE Finland has no official relations with the government, political parties, churches/religions or companies other than through its individual members. FoE Finland is both politically and religiously impartial. However, FoE Finland may work closely with such interest groups especially when engaged in lobbying and advocacy work. Moreover, FoE Finland works closely with other progressive organizations, such as the Finnish Society for Nature Conservation and the Service Center for Development Cooperation. The activity is financed mainly by membership fees and private donations, and also by the government.
The world's most northern Friends of the Earth local group is part of FoE Finland. It was launched on 13 September 2004 in Rovaniemi, northern Finland. Rovaniemi is located just at the Arctic Circle and is further north than all of Iceland and most of Alaska.