Europe


“They are using peoples’ feelings to promote a false protectionism”

Fascist/nationalist discourses are taking advantage of the crisis in the European countryside to promote neoliberal policies

Andoni García, a farmer from the Basque Country and member of the Coordination Committee of La Vía Campesina Europe (ECVC) warned in an interview with Real World Radio about the use of “nationalist sentiment” in right-wing political discourses as a feature of the rising conservatism and fascism on the continent.  … Read more

Is Heathrow getting a third runway?

Podcast by Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Friends of the Earth EWNI´s special bonus episode comes hot on the heels of Friends of the Earth’s historic win in the Court of Appeal. On Thursday 27 February, government plans to expand Heathrow airport were ruled illegal, on the grounds that they did not full consider the climate impacts  … Read more

Real World Radio Europe #24

An atmosphere of attack - Shrinking space in Europe

A vibrant and protected civic space is an essential part of a healthy democracy – but it´s under attack. 16 Friends of the Earth member organisations have told us they are facing restrictions, intimidation, harassment and attacks – what we collectively call ‘shrinking space’. In this episode we hear how  … Read more

Real World Radio Europe #23

A magical village powered by citizens: Bosnia-Herzegovina's pioneering crowdfunder

This time we’re joining Sandra (+some special guests) from Bosnia and Herzegovina on a journey to the mountain village Pecka. This famously magical place is currently becoming a solar energy community, thanks to a ground-breaking crowdfunding campaign by FoE Bosnia and Herzegovina and partners.

Threats and abuses of the growing gas industry in Mozambique

Outcomes of the 'lobby tour' organized in Europe showcase the need for a Binding Treaty to stop corporate human rights abuses

Mozambique is rapidly becoming one of the Liquified natural gas (LNG) giants of the world. With little international media coverage, oil and gas monsters such as Exxon, Eni, Chevron, Shell and BP are rubbing their hands at the million dollar business prospects in this African country. Ongoing projects, whilst still  … 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

NOAH – Friends of the Earth Denmark celebrates its 50th anniversary

NOAH - Friends of the Earth Denmark reached its 50th anniversary on March 9th and held a three-day-long celebration

Bente Hessellund has been an activist at NOAH/Friends of the Earth Denmark for the past 25 years. She works around issues related to climate and agriculture, biomass for energy and REDD+. Real World Radio interviewed her to know more about this important celebration: “NOAH is an organization based on democracy  … Read more

Real World Radio Europe #22

The one where we hear from the students striking for climate

Over the last few months, climate protests have erupted across Europe and the world, forcing governments to pay attention – if not making them take action yet. We spoke to school and university students from across Europe who started organising and protesting for the first time. Why now? And what  … 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

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