Gas industry 'wish list' hidden behind climate spin
“You’re attending a member group meeting? Big deal! Let me see the agenda…wait, what? Energiser? Buddy time? You must be kidding me, this sounds more like a play therapy session than a serious meeting!”
Thus spoke recently a colleague of one of the attendees of the Friends of the Earth Eastern and Central European groups gathering in Slovakia. And while we are not inclined to question the soundness of our organisation, here are three reasons and three testimonies to point out how special this meeting was, indeed:
As two weeks of UN climate talks draw to a close in Bonn, Germany, Friends of the Earth Europe pointed to actions by civil society and developing countries which helped push through progress on short-term emissions reduction commitments. But it said that, on the whole, rich countries including the European Union had once again shown poor leadership and acted as if climate change is a distant prospect, when in reality it is already destroying people's lives and livelihoods around the world.
A landmark court case kicks off today, as a historic people-powered lawsuit against the Norwegian government for granting new licenses to drill for oil in the Arctic Barents Sea reaches the courts. The plaintiffs, Natur og Ungdom/Young Friends of the Earth Norway and Greenpeace Nordic, argue that the decision contravenes the Paris climate agreement and violates the right to a safe and healthy environment for current and future generations granted by the Norwegian Constitution.
The International Trade Union confederation (ITUC) and Friends of the Earth International held a joint event yesterday to discuss the need for a just transition. These organisations share a demand for climate justice and a just global transition that protects the rights and livelihoods of workers with a plan for the planet and a plan for workers and their communities.
EU Member States today failed to agree on the renewal of the herbicide Glyphosate, after a proposal from the European Commission to extend its license for five years. Its current license for use in the EU runs out on December 15.
Europe needs to urgently quit gas if it is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to internationally agreed levels, new science shows.
At a high level conference today on financing Europe's shift to clean energy, EU energy chiefs once again showed blindness to the danger to the climate of Europe's gas addiction.
One of the most pressing needs of our age is to veer away from the cliff-edge that overconsumption is driving us towards, and find new ways to live in a world that — to quote Mahatma Gandhi — "has enough for everyone's needs, but not for everyone's greed".
But how do we get there?
Friends of the Earth Europe will join thousands of demonstrators in Bonn, Germany on Saturday to send a message of climate justice ahead of the UN climate talks.
The two weeks of negotiations – known as COP23 – open on Monday and will see several mobilisation moments. As negotiators discuss the 'rule book' for implementation of the Paris Agreement Friends of the Earth Europe will be demanding the urgent transformation of Europe's energy system away from fossil fuels.