More than seven months after EU Member States were scheduled to start the process of slashing the use of plastic bags through the Plastic Bags Directive, Friends of the Earth Europe and 17 other environmental NGOs join Surfrider and Zero Waste Europe to mark the 8th International Plastic Bag Free Day. In this important year where plastic pollution of ocean is considered a priority global concern, the compliance and ambition levels of EU Member States to reduce plastic bags fall short of expectations.
Reacting to the official notification by Bayer to the European Commission of their planned acquisition of Monsanto, Adrian Bebb, food and farming campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe said:
"This merger would be a marriage made in hell. Bayer and Monsanto already wield enormous power over our food and farming system, and their joining forces would be bad news for citizens, farmers and the environment.
Jaromír Bláha, a prominent member of Hnutí DUHA/Friends of the Earth Czech Republic, has been awarded the prestigious Josef Vavroušek Prize. He was honored for his long-term contribution to environmental protection and sustainable development.
Center for Environment/Friends of the Earth Bosnia and Herzegovina presented ‘awards’ to environment ministers, Srebrenka Golić and Edita Đapo, after the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that Bosnia and Herzegovina has the worst air pollution in Europe.
From the 21st to the 25th of June a climate camp took pace in the coal-mining town of Horní Jiřetín, located in north-western Czech Republic. It was organized by Limity Jsme My “we are the limits” — a local Czech movement and Greenpeace. It was also supported by Hnuti DUHA / Friends of the Earth Czech Republic. The goal of the climate camp was to enforce ecological mining limits and demand climate justice.
After Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States' out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Europe and China stepped up the rhetoric to position themselves as global leaders on climate action. But with negotiations on the EU's climate plan for 2030 underway, does the action meet these warm words? ask climate justice and energy campaigners Clémence Hutin and Molly Walsh.
At this very moment, harvesters are logging some of the most precious parts of the Białowieża forest in Poland, one of Europe's last remaining primeval forests, where natural processes have continued without human intervention for thousands of years.
A group of nine Czech men and women – officially supported by Hnutí DUHA/Friends of the Earth Czech Republic – joined the Polish non-violent blockade of the logging of the Natura 2000 and UNESCO-protected natural heritage site.
Friends of the Earth Belgium (Wallonia and Brussels) staged a symbolic ‘failed marriage’ today outside the cathedral in Brussels, decrying the merger between the energy provider, Lampiris and energy giant, Total.
The action was part of the organisations “Fossil Free, we change suppliers” campaign, in which the group are calling for renewable energy solutions in the hands of cooperatives and local providers, not multinational energy corporations.
The Slovenian government was heavily criticised by Slovenian civil society this week, with groups including Friends of the Earth Slovenia (Focus), Umanotera and Greenpeace calling for more investment in renewable energy.
Draft plans for the future of Slovenia’s energy were released by the government’s ministry of infrastructure. The controversial plans show heavy reliance on fossil fuels, and would allow Slovenia’s biggest energy provider, Termoelektrarna Šoštanj, to continue running coal-fired power plants until 2054.
The Co-Chair of Friends of the Earth Russia, Dr. Andrey Laletin, was honoured with the Sandro Urushadze Award today in recognition of his lifelong dedication to the world's forests and the indigenous peoples who populate them.