Colombia: systematic murders of social leaders multiply during the pandemic

International call to stop violence against peoples. Leaders denounce attacks during forced crop eradication.

Since the beginning of 2020, at least 103 social leaders and defenders of territories, and 24 former FARC members undergoing a reinsertion process in line with the Peace Accords, have been murdered in Colombia, according to local NGO Indepaz. The Continental Day for Democracy and against Neoliberalism (La Jornada Continental),  … Read more

The dire consequences of the gas expansion plans in Mozambique

We don't have to create another example in Africa of extractive industries causing conflicts and social instability

Cabo Delgado, the northernmost province of Mozambique, is suffering. The invasion of the transnational gas industry, attacks by extremist groups and military deployment from a government that seems to hate its people, are all creating a frightening breeding ground for murders, forced disappearances, the persecution of journalists and social activists  … Read more

RECORD NUMBER OF LAND CONFLICTS IN BRAZIL IN 2019

There were five conflicts per day, representing a 23% increase from 2018, and 32 defenders murdered during the year.

Throughout 2019, the Pastoral Land Commission (CPT) recorded 1833 conflicts in the countryside (averaging five per day), 23% more than in 2018. This is the highest number on CPT records in the past five years. There was also a 14% increase in the number of murders (from 28 to 32),  … Read more

ENVIRONMENTAL REFLECTIONS IN TIMES OF QUARANTINE (PART 1)*

By CENSAT Agua Viva - Friends of the Earth Colombia**

The current COVID-19 pandemic is a symptom of the environmental imbalances that have resulted from treating nature as a commodity. We could argue that the impact of the pandemic would not have reached this magnitude if it weren’t for decades of neoliberalism, which has privileged business over lives: promoting agribusiness  … Read more

Chernobyl-Fukushima: Mirrors of the Nuclear Disaster

Friends of the Earth Japan shares testimonies from victims of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on the 34th anniversary of Chernobyl.

Nine years have passed since the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Disaster, and the damage continues to be incurred. Although this disaster is still ongoing, efforts are made to render this invisible. FoE Japan has conducted video interviews with evacuees, dairy farmers, fishermen and other community members in order to make  … Read more

Drop in oil prices: an opportunity?

How does the drop in oil prices lead us to think about a just energy transition? Interview with Felipe Gutiérrez from Opsur

On 20 April, the world woke up to a historical drop in the price of oil in the United States. The reference value for crude oil in the US (WTI) reached negative numbers for the first time in history. Argentina’s Southern Oil Observatory (Opsur) issued a press release, stating: “Press  … Read more

The peasant struggle amid the COVID-19 pandemic

On the International Day of Peasants' Struggle, organizations promote Food Sovereignty as a solution in the world we want to build

April 17, International Day of Peasants’ Struggle, is a special day celebrated by rural organizations around the world, usually with demonstrations, conferences, demands addressed to governments, and other activities. But of course, this year, the COVID-19 pandemic is severely limiting the room for action. For this reason, the international peasant  … Read more

Reclaim the soil – Gender issues in Ghana and Denmark

Podcast by NOAH - Friends of the Earth Denmark

This series is about female farmers in Ghana and in Denmark. It is about women who show that small scale farming and sustainable agriculture is the only way forward. Women who, by their actions, fight the oppression of capitalism, patriarchy and neocolonialism. Women who say no to conventional farming, no  … Read more

What does factory-farmed meat have to do with the climate crisis?

A new animated video presented by GRAIN and Alianza Biodiversidad offers an answer to this question.

The video proposes solutions that can help get us out of the dead-end street in which the agrifood corporations are trying to barricade us. In recent years, GRAIN’s research on the climate impacts of industrial food production has focused more particularly on the contribution of factory farming and its byproducts  … Read more