Interviews


Serious criticism of UN Food Systems Summit

A counter mobilisation will take place next week to boycott the official Pre-Summit

“The UN Food Systems summit is a sham,” warned the Co-coordinator of the Food Sovereignty Program from Friends of the Earth International (FoEI), Kirtana Chandrasekaran. “The Summit is claiming it will provide game changing solutions to transform food systems through its open and inclusive process. But if you dig just  … Read more

First draft of the United Nations Global Biodiversity Framework is out

“We still have a long way to go” to halt the destruction of nature, says Nele Marien, Forest and Biodiversity Coordinator at FoEI

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the first draft of its global action plan that aims to halt biodiversity loss by the end of the decade. The Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework draft 1 was presented on 12 July 2021 and will undergo further refinement during online negotiations  … Read more

Shell ordered to cut its CO2 emissions in half by 2030

After a lawsuit filed by Friends of the Earth, a court in The Hague ruled that the oil giant must reduce its emissions by 45 %

“This is a historical moment for all of us. For the first time in history, a judge has ordered one of the largest polluters to stop contributing to dangerous climate change. The judge was crystal clear: Shell causes dangerous climate change, and Shell should stop immediately with doing that. It  … Read more

“THEY SAID THAT IF BERTA WAS GONE, THE STRUGGLE IN RIO BLANCO WOULD DISAPPEAR”

Interview with Laura Zúniga, daughter of Lenca defender Berta Cáceres, and lawyer Alexa Maradiaga, over the trial against David Ca

The trial against David Castillo in Tegucigalpa has been underway since 5 April, although it actually began on 26 April. Castillo is a former intelligence officer from Honduras, trained at West Point military academy, who became a state official in the energy sector and then manager of Desarrollos Energéticos SA  … Read more

Colombia: Mobilization Continues To Grow

After decades of armed conflict, “the social conflict remains intact,” says Marylen Serna, of the Peoples’ Congress.

On April 28th, a National Strike started in Colombia. Since then, there have been massive demonstrations on the streets, spearheaded by women, youth, and Indigenous, peasant, and Black organizations. As president Iván Duque deployed the military to several important cities across the country, this increased the magnitude of the militarization,  … Read more

Friends of the Earth Bangladesh calls for independent investigation into coal plant workers police shooting

“As an environmental organization, we hope that this project will get canceled”, BELA's lawyer said.

It has been a month since police opened fire on a workers peaceful demonstration at the under-construction Banshkhali Coal Power plant in Bangladesh. They were defending their worker’s rights and payment of their overdue salary. “They were protesting because of their underwages, disgusting working conditions and also because they want  … Read more

Friends of the Earth Asia Pacific demands justice for nine indigenous leaders killed in the Philippines

Interview with Mai Taqueban, Executive Director of Legal Rights and Natural Resources Centre

On 30 December 2020, nine Tumandok indigenous leaders were killed and 16 others arrested by the Philippine Army and National Police in a joint operation on Panay Island, located south of the Philippines. State forces allege that those killed were members of an insurgent group and that upon being served  … Read more

BLACK LIVES MATTER: END OF PREPARATORY WORKSHOPS AHEAD OF 4TH TUCA CONGRESS

Report by Real World Radio on the Racial Equality workshop held last Thursday

Representatives from different trade unions affiliated to the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA) stressed their commitment with the struggle for racial equality today. They also expect to ratify this commitment during the 4th Continental Congress to be held by TUCA from 20-23 April. With the workshop titled “The  … Read more

The gender perspective and gender justice: where are we headed as a trade union movement?

Report of the first pre-congress workshop of the 4th Trade Union Confederation of the Americas Congress

The first workshop ahead of the 4th Congress of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA) focused on the gender perspective and gender justice. Real World Radio interviewed Jordania Ureña, Trade Union Policy and Education Secretary at TUCA, who acted as facilitator during the workshop. Ureña highlighted that “gender  … Read more

The Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA) is ready for two key weeks

Political formation, transformation and communications are of utter importance for the trade union members

This Monday, the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas will start four days of intense work with its affiliated organisations, allied and international institutions that support its work, through four pre-congress workshops ahead of their 4th Continental Congress to take place from 20-23 April. Both events will be held online.  … Read more