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.
Following a week in the Peak District national park, in the United Kingdom, attending the Friends of the Earth Europe annual gathering, and the local activists 'Basecamp', Susann Scherbarth reflects on the inspiring individuals who make up the Friends of the Earth Europe network.
Florent Compain, President of Les Amis de la Terre / Friends of the Earth France was fined a symbolic €500 today, a decision that the group condemns, for his role in the peaceful 'Faucheur de chaises' protest – a grassroots initiative to highlight the tax evasion of large financial institutions and banks like BNP Paribas.
The European Commission must double efforts to create the more resilient and sustainable financial system that Europe needs, according to a coalition of environmental and development organisations.
Today, Environmental Rights Action, Amnesty International, and Friends of the Earth Europe called for the immediate clean-up of oil pollution in Ogoniland in Nigeria's Niger Delta, in line with recommendations made by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in its landmark 2011 study of the region.
Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the international Paris climate agreement severs another of America’s increasingly sparse ties to the global community, and is a trigger to redouble efforts to tackle climate change in Europe, Friends of the Earth Europe has responded.
The move, announced today, confirms fears that the fossil fuel industry continues to heavily influence decisions in the White House.