An estimated 10,000 people took to the streets of Brussels today to 'welcome' Donald Trump on his first visit to the city – and Europe – after the US election.
Mr. Trump, who had called the city a 'hellhole' while campaigning in 2016, was greeted by a huge coalition of individuals and groups denouncing his dangerous climate policies, devastating rollbacks of social and environmental protections, misogyny, Islamophobia, racism and more.
Today marks six years to the day since March 11, 2011, when the Great Tohoku Earthquake led to the disastrous meltdowns in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants owned by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). Six years on, the accident remains unresolved and people in Japan continue to face the consequences of a prolonged and unprecedented nuclear disaster.
The consequences are complicated and diverse. Due to the widespread radiation contamination, the lives of those who once lived with blessings of nature were lost and in many areas, dramatically altered.
Thor Markussen, climate justice and energy campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe, visited the earthquake stricken region of Groningen, to witness the lengths the Dutch government is willing to go in order to extract fossil fuels, and that others are willing to do in order to resist it.
The European Commission today announced its billionth Euro of subsidies for gas infrastructure in under three years. A new pledge of €228 million for gas projects takes the total financing for fossil fuel infrastructure to over €1 billion since the Commission's flagship fund for energy infrastructure, the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), was launched in 2014.
The battle to prevent catastrophic climate change just got harder, according to Friends of the Earth, as Donald Trump steps into the White House today. Friends of the Earth Europe stands with colleagues on the other side of the Atlantic in rejecting and fighting against the divisive, hateful rhetoric used by Donald Trump, and in resisting his institutionalization of fossil fuel interests in the White House.
Dodgy data from the European gas lobby could lock Europe into unnecessary billion-euro infrastructure deals and decades of fossil-fuel use, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.
Beacons of hope shine out from amongst an otherwise gloomy 'winter package' according to Friends of the Earth Europe, as the European Commission announced its proposals for energy efficiency and renewable energy today.
The momentum for global action on climate change refused to be overshadowed by the election of a climate denier to the US Presidency, according to Friends of the Earth International, as the international climate conference in Marrakech came concluded today.
Guest blog from Naturvernforbundet/Friends of the Earth Norway
Norway, the first country to have a minister of environment, whose former prime minister coined the term 'sustainable development', is seemingly on a mission to trash its green image. Shooting its few remaining wolves, pumping oil in the Arctic, and dumping toxic waste in its pristine fjords – how did it come to this?
As we go into the second week of COP22, Friends of the Earth International asserts that Marrakech must deliver concrete actions for the sake of people and the planet.
Yesterday, Friends of the Earth International marched on the streets of Marrakech, with people from Morocco and all over the world. We stand in solidarity with impacted peoples, from the communities of Imider and Safi facing pollution and repression here in Morocco, to those in the Niger Delta and indigenous water defenders at Standing Rock.