7 July 2020

A critical flaw in the design of an EU law on energy infrastructure has helped the fossil fuel industry pocket over €1 billion in EU taxpayer funds for gas projects, according to new analysis from Friends of the Earth Europe and Food & Water Action Europe.

18 June 2020

Over five decades, oil and gas extraction have caused large-scale, continued contamination of the water and soil in Ogoni communities.
The continued and systematic failure of oil companies and government to clean up have left hundreds of thousands of Ogoni people facing serious health risks, struggling to access safe drinking water, and unable to earn a living due to the contamination of waterways.

9 June 2020

Insects are in decline across the world because of industrial farming and heavy pesticide use which are threatening food production, according to the Insect Atlas released today by Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung and Friends of the Earth Europe.

Insects keep the planet's ecological system running, and ensure our food supply - 75% of our most important crops depend on pollination by insects. Insects also improve soil quality and reduce plant pests by decomposing manure and dead plant matter.

28 May 2020

We're happy to present the impact of Friends of the Earth Europe in 2019 in our Annual Review.

This Annual Review rounds-up highlights from our network of grassroots member organisations across Europe and our European office - including a never-seen-before year of pan-European climate protests; major mobilisations for Good Food Good Farming; a major victory on a fossil-free European Investment Bank; the European Green Deal; plan for a Just Transition in multiple countries; wins for forests and nature, and more.

It also provides detailed financial information for 2019.

26 May 2020

The European Commission has recently concluded a trade deal with Mercosur countries (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) which, if ratified, would be the biggest trade deal both blocs ever implemented in terms of the number of citizens involved.
However, this paper shows: The trade deal comes at a tremendous expense for people and the planet.

Dire consequences are looming both on regional and global levels:

19 May 2020

Plans for reforming food and farming policies, in particular the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), feature digitalisation as a universal solution for more environmentally and pollinator-friendly farming. This new report warns however that digital farming, instead of benefiting the climate and environment, could further tighten the stranglehold of corporations on our food.

18 May 2020

10 reasons the EU and governments must quit the Energy Charter Treaty

The Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) is a major obstacle to fast and effective action on the climate and environmental crisis and should be disbanded. This little-known treaty from the 1990s grants sweeping rights to big corporations. The fossil fuel industry is using it to sue governments and sabotage the energy transition.

12 May 2020

We are facing at once a pandemic and planetary emergency – a lethal combination, both in the near and far term.

In these unprecedented times of interconnected crises we look to our leaders to rise to their responsibilities and respond holistically to the multiple emergencies we face. This means acting in the common interests of people and the planet, in the immediate and the longer-term. This is a moment to transform our world and our unjust planet-killing economies – and we must seize it.

30 April 2020

Plans for a 'European Green Deal' were presented by the European Commission as a "man on the moon" moment, which it claimed would herald an economic paradigm shift. But while the language is full of promise, the strong rhetoric disguises only moderate proposals.

Friends of the Earth Europe has developed five over-arching principles to guide decision-making around a European Green Deal.

A European Green Deal capable of delivering systemic change, and putting us on a path to a just and sustainable future, must be based on these Principles for Transformation:

22 April 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is demonstrating all too well that unequal societies go hand-in-hand with human suffering, fragile economies and delicate democracies.

This statement comes from a broad range of European civil society actors, committed to working together towards a shared vision of the future of Europe, one that is based on a socially just, feminist, sustainable, democratic and inclusive society.

It calls on the European institutions and Member State governments to seize this moment to work towards fundamental change in our social, economic and political systems.

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