What happens when a town strikes gas? 30 years after Shell and ExxonMobil opened up Europe's biggest gas field for drilling, the residents of Groningen are finding out – regular earthquakes are destroying people's homes, leaving them too dangerous to live in and too expensive to fix. Meanwhile, while north-west Europe continues to burn fossil gas, the low-lying region sits perilously close to the sea level.
Members of the EU Parliament’s energy committee have supported reform of energy markets to restrict subsidies for dirty fossil fuel power plants, but failed to reject new gas infrastructure, in two important votes on climate and energy today.
European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen confirmed he had a lobby meeting with ex-Commission President Barroso who represented investment bank Goldman Sachs International. ALTER-EU (the Alliance for Lobby Transparency and Ethics Regulation, of which Friends of the Earth Europe is a member) asked the European Commission to re-assess Barroso's job.
Desislava Stoyanova, from Za Zemiata/Friends of the Earth Bulgaria, on how the Bulgarian people are refusing to submit to their government's plans to decimate some of the country's most pristine protected areas. Read the original post on Bankwatch here.
For almost two months now, Bulgarians from across the country and abroad have taken to the streets to defend the country's natural mountainscape against new developments.
The next round of negotiations for a free trade agreement between the EU and Indonesia start today in Solo, Indonesia. Civil society organisations from Europe and Indonesia, including Friends of the Earth Europe and Friends of the Earth Indonesia, will meet in parallel to discuss the consequences of a potential agreement.
More than a decade into a campaign to save a vast, unspoilt natural area behind Dubrovnik from a hugely unpopular – and illegal – golf resort, the developers have pressed the red button and taken Zelena akcija/Friends of the Earth Croatia to court.
CEE Bankwatch Network, Counter Balance, Friends of the Earth Europe, 350.org
The European Investment Bank (EIB) voted today to hand out one of Europe’s largest ever loans to one of the EU’s largest fossil fuel projects, the contentious Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP).
162 organisations from across Europe have today called for European trade policy to be made more democratic.
Their statement was handed over to European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström at the first meeting of a newly established expert group on EU trade agreements.
A heart-to-heart approach to activism
The School of Sustainability concept originates in Latin America, where Amigos de la Tierra have been practicing the "Escuela de la Sustentabilidad" methododology for over 10 years. Instead of unilateral learning, the popular education methods applied focus on the inner wisdom of the participants, encouraging and facilitating an exchange of knowledge, ideas and feelings. A perfect means to help grow and strengthen grassroots organisations.