As Black Friday rolled around again, Friends of the Earth groups from across Europe locked down their wallets and took to the streets to promote the radical act of not shopping.
Buy Nothing Day – an "international day of protest against consumerism" – invites people around the world to abstain from spending for 24 hours as a personal experiment or public statement.
Over 500 academics, activists, campaigners, policy-makers and interested citizens from around the world – including a number of representatives of Friends of the Earth groups – took part in the Fifth International Degrowth Conference, Walking the meaningful great transformations, from 30th August to 3rd September in Budapest, Hungary.
The Climate Camp in Rhineland has become one of the big meeting points for Climate Justice activists in the summer. For the last two years, the Degrowth Summer School has taken place at the camp. The Summer School consists of courses that run for 2 to 4 days in which a stable group works on a specific topic.
Europe is becoming increasingly dependent on farm land beyond its borders, creating inequalities and threatening both the environment and rural communities, according to a new report released today by Friends of the Earth Europe.
Campaigners from across Europe gathered in Bulgaria recently to discuss plans to tackle resource use, consumption and waste, as part of our programme of European School of Sustainability* events. It proved an inspiring meeting that offered the opportunity to share ideas and experiences and build a united, strong movement, writes Meadhbh Bolger, resource use campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe.
A large number of forest fires have been discovered on Indonesian plantations owned by global palm oil companies Bumitama and Wilmar International. Despite new evidence that both companies violate their own ‘no deforestation’ policies, major U.S. and European investors have not taken significant steps to address these problems, according to a new report released today.
Last week, the UN for the first time formally discussed measures to make corporations legally accountable for human rights abuses. A historic session in Geneva concluded on July 10th after a week of intense and constructive discussions between countries, expert panelists and civil society organisations, with hopes high that the process could deliver a treaty that could finally bring justice and protection to millions.
MEPs today sent a strong signal to the European Commission to back truly ambitious rules to reduce resource use, amid concerns that the Commission is planning on watering down its flagship piece of resource use and waste legislation.
Today, the European Parliament agreed new EU laws to limit the use of crop-based biofuels.
EU law makers ruled that biofuels can compete with food production, contribute to climate change, and put pressure on land use – and so have set a limit on the quantity of biofuels that can be used to meet EU energy targets (at no more than 7% of transport energy).
Limiting the use of biofuels from food crops that can be used to fuel Europe's cars moved a step closer today after MEPs voted to reform the EU's biofuels policy.
EU law-makers voted once again to put a cap on the use of crops to make biofuels and also to account for their full climate impact. However the limit would still expand the use of food crops for fuel and would not end biofuels competing with food production.