Friends of the Earth


It’s Time To Put an End To Free Trade

A video by Friends of the Earth Brazil and the World March of Women shows how free trade is attacking lives in the global South.

One of the strategies of corporate power is to make economic projects and policies impossible for most people to understand. Not only that, when it comes to freetrade agreements, the drafts resulting from these negotiations are kept from the public. This is why social movements must take on the task  … 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

Pressure mounts on the WTO for a people’s vaccine to combat Covid

“Every day the EU and countries like Australia block this waiver would be costing lives”

“The US’s recent decision to back the waiver of intellectual property rights of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) shows that people power works,” said Sam Cossar, Co-coordinator of the Economic Justice and Resisting Neoliberalism program of Friends of the Earth International (FOEI). “The pressure is really now on the European  … Read more

Pressure on the WTO for Intellectual Property waiver on COVID vaccine

Interview with intellectual property lawyer Sangeeta Shashikant from Third World Network

“Today high income countries are vaccinating 25 times faster than the lowest income countries,” warned the Coordinator of the Development and Intellectual Property Programme at Third World Network (TWN), Sangeeta Shashikant, on Thursday. “Intellectual property waivers are a must in the context of a pandemic,” she added in an interview  … Read more

World Economic Forum exerts lobby pressure on UN Food Systems Summit

“Corporate capture” of the summit denounced by Kirtana Chandrasekaran, from Friends of the Earth International

For the past few months, the Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism for relations with the UN Committee on World Food Security (CSM) – of which Friends of the Earth International is a member – has been denouncing the “corporate capture” of the UN Food Systems Summit by agribusiness lobbying.  … Read more

Fukushima: Ten years on

Friends of the Earth Japan shares testimonies from victims of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Ten years have passed since the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident of 11 March 2011. Yet whilst the impacts of these disasters continue to be felt, efforts are being made to render this invisible. Friends of the Earth Japan has conducted  … Read more

“Challenges of popular feminism”

The International Women’s Struggle’s Day is approaching, and the World March of Women is organizing two webinars to connect, visibilize and discuss the challenges and agendas of anti-capitalist feminism. On February 23rd, the first webinar “Challenges of popular feminism” will feature presentations from comrades of the World March of Women,  … Read more

Friends of the Earth wins historic ruling against Shell in Nigeria

Four Nigerian farmers launched the case against the company 13 years ago. Two of them didn’t survive to see the verdict.

On 29 January 2021, after 13 years of legal proceedings, the Dutch court ruled in favour of four farmers who, with the support of Friends of the Earth Netherlands, denounced Shell for oil spills in the Niger Delta between 2004 and 2007. “My first impression is that of joy and  … Read more