Africa


Ghana government sued over GMO commercialization

Interview with Edwin Baffour, member of Food Sovereignty Ghana, on why they are suing the government of Ghana

Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG) is suing the government over the commercialization of GM cowpeas and GM rice for safety issues of concern for the organization, although commercial distribution has not been approved yet. Edwin Baffour, Director of Communications of FSG, explained to RWR why they are suing the government: “Right now  … Read more

Land Rights Revolution in Liberia

The African country passed bill which would give land rights to 80 per cent of the population

After many months of debate and with a strong support from the public opinion, the Liberian government passed the Land Rights Act in September, 2018, which officially recognizes the rights of local communities over their productive lands, without the need of long entitlement proceedings. With this huge step, Liberia could  … Read more

African youth for system change

Friends of the Earth Nigeria is building an environmental youth network

The lives of human rights defenders in Africa are seriously threatened. For example, in Cameroon, on 26 May, human rights defender Elvis Brown Luma Mukuna received a death threat via a call from an unknown number. Ten days earlier, two men had forcibly entered Elvis’s house, abducted his younger brother  … Read more

“Women are on the frontline of defending rights and the environment”

Members of the Gender Justice and Dismantling Patriarchy Working Group of Friends of the Earth International met in Montevideo

This was the third meeting of Friends of the Earth International´s Working Group since it was created. From May 2 to 5, its members analyzed what has been done so far and the steps to follow. Friends of the Earth International (FoEI) seeks to mainstream the feminist perspective and gender  … Read more

Friends of Earth Netherlands has presented Shell with a court summons to stop its destruction of the climate

Interview with lawyer leading the case to stop Shell: “We do feel that we can win”.

Shell is one of the biggest climate polluters in the world. This transnational company has known about the severity of climate change and the impacts of oil drilling for years, but has not only misled the public on the issue, it continues drilling for oil. On April 5, Friends of  … Read more

Mozambique after cyclone IDAI: “People know this is climate chaos”

Opinion of Anabela Lemos - Director JA! Friends Of Earth Moçambique

Our people are dying due to intensified weather events, like cyclone IDAI that hit Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe on March 14th, and the precedent and related flooding in the rivers of the region, causing utter devastation and suffering. We know that, in Mozambique, we are on the front line of  … Read more

Plantations are not forests

“The FAO, with its unfortunate definition of forests, needs to be educated” - Interview with Teresa Pérez (WRM)

March 21 marks the International Day of Forests. This date was chosen by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in order to raise awareness about the importance of forests. This year, the theme is “Forests and Education”. However, for the World Rainforest Movement (WRM) the first  … Read more

Life cannot be dammed

FoEI: “The fight against hydroelectric dams is part of our global fight for Climate Justice and to Save Our Rivers”

March 14th marks the International Day of Action against Dams and for Rivers. Mobilizations around the world denounced the socioenvironmental impacts of these construction works that operate in hydroelectric and mining projects. The Climate Justice and Energy Program of Friends of the Earth International expressed its solidarity with the communities  … Read more

The Human Right to Water

The National summit on the human right to water was held in Nigeria from 29-30 January 2019, to share community fights against the corporate control of water, resisting privatization and to ensure universal access to water in Africa and around the world. Environmental Rights Action (ERA) – Friends of the  … Read more

A Just Transition is Needed Now*

By Bobby Peek, groundWork - Friends of the Earth South Africa

Dear President Cyril Ramaphosa This is the last action I am undertaking before groundWork closes for 2018. groundWork believes a Just Transition is urgently needed and that you need to be at the forefront of this as leader of the country to prevent a transition that will cripple South Africa  … Read more