Efforts to tackle climate change across the European Union fall far short of commitments made in Paris, according to Friends of the Earth Europe. The European Commission announced today its plan to distribute the goal of cutting emissions 40% by 2030 among the 28 member states.
Jordens Vänner/Friends of the Earth Sweden condemned the Swedish government today following their authorisation of the state-owned energy company Vattenfall to sell their climate-killing coal operations in Germany.
On the second weekend of May, thousands of people from across Europe gathered in a small corner of Lusatia, close to the German border with Poland. They were there for a weekend of anti-coal stunts and actions including a climate camp and demonstrations, next to one of the most polluting coal mines in Europe. In parallel, many participated a direct action under the banner of Ende Gelände (here and no further) with the aim of shutting down the mine – and they succeeded.
Signatures alone are not enough to stop climate change, according to Friends of the Earth Europe, as representatives of over 160 countries attend a ceremony in New York to sign an international climate agreement, forged in Paris last December.
Europe continues to be taken hostage by destructive fossil fuels and the companies who profit from them, according to Friends of the Earth groups protesting at an informal meeting of European energy ministers in Amsterdam today.
Friends of the Earth France, along with a number of allies, ended a three-day blockade yesterday of an international summit on offshore oil and gas drilling, in Pau, France, with a mass 'die-in'.
Over 500 activists peacefully demonstrated against the negative impacts of offshore exploration and exploitation, under discussion at the MCE Deepwater Development summit by representatives from big oil and gas companies including Total, Shell, BP, Exxon, and Repsol.
On the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan, contaminated water continues to leak from the destroyed plant, and radioactive waste is accumulating without any robust solution, say Friends of the Earth Japan. Around 100,000 people remain displaced following the nuclear disaster, with almost a fifth still in temporary housing units. Many evacuees will be left with an uncertain future when assistance is suspended in 2017, and more than 100 children have had surgery for thyroid cancer.
A European Commission recommendation today not to review pledged action on climate change until after 2030 has been slammed as criminally irresponsible by Friends of the Earth Europe.
In its assessment of the implications of the global climate agreement reached in Paris in December, the European Commission concludes that the bloc's existing emissions reductions targets are adequate.
As politicians cop-out on genuine climate action at the international climate talks in Paris, over 2,000 activists from the Friends of the Earth International federation, joined by thousands more from Paris sent a global message for climate justice and peace, writ large across the city.
Thousands of individuals spelled out "Climate Justice Peace" across Paris using geolocation software, recorded online here: http://www.climatejusticepeace.org
The COP21 climate talks have concluded in Paris with a weak final outcome according to Friends of the Earth Europe.