Friends of the Earth


A complete shift away from dirty energy systems towards 100% renewable energy in Africa is possible

New report launched by Friends of the Earth Africa sets out a Just Recovery Renewable Energy Plan for the continent

Three-quarters of those without access to electricity now live in Africa, a share that has risen over recent years. The economic effects of Covid-19 have only increased the number of people unable to access electricity and who were forced into energy poverty. In this context, Friends of the Earth Africa  … Read more

What is going on with plastic waste in the Asia Pacific region?

Three activists from this region tell us the reality behind the business of plastic waste trade

“Asia is drowning in plastic,” says a new report from the Centre for Environmental Justice/Friends of the Earth Sri Lanka, launched in the wake of the 15th UN COP to the Basel Convention, which was held online from 26 to 30 July. The report, entitled “Breaking the Plastic Cycle in  … 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

Total breaches obligations in Cabo Delgado

Justiça Ambiental (JA!) – FoE Mozambique denounces that under the pretext of "force majeure" LNG avoids its responsibilities

Mozambique Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project, owned by the French transnational company Total, is located in the Rovuma river basin, in the Cabo Delgado province, north of Mozambique, close to the border with Tanzania. On April 26, the project announced the temporary withdrawal of all its personnel and the indefinite  … Read more

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