Water


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

Water: a fundamental human right on Wall Street

"Something essential for life can't be in the hands of a few." Interview with María Selva Ortiz from REDES-FoE Uruguay.

Since December 7, water has been listed on the Wall Street “commodity futures market”, as well as oil, gold, wheat or soybeans. Buyers do not purchase physical products at the time of the futures transaction, but acquire rights to a quantity of water in the future, at a fixed price.  … Read more

India: Ongoing repercussions and demands after massive fire in oil well

Organisations warn about corporate negligence: “Oil India Limited functions on their own basically”

On 13 September, almost four months after the explosion and oil spill in the Indian town of Baghjan (Tinsukia district, Assam state), experts from the company in charge of  the oil well (Oil India Limited) and international engineers managed to control the fire. Four days earlier, an engineer from the  … Read more

Covid-19 in the Gaza Strip

How the Israeli military siege and environmental pollution are impacting public health

“The Israeli occupation’s attacks on Palestinians have massively damaged health facilities and targeted health workers.  The ongoing, direct attacks have caused thousands of injuries and hundreds of fatalities, which increases the burden on hospitals,” warned Palestinian researcher in health systems, Aisha Yousif Elbasuoni. Meanwhile, environmental engineer Balqis Khozundar lamented that  … Read more

Palestine: Activist Abu Saker and his son arrested

Saker is a member of the People's Council for the Protection of the Jordan Valley and the Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power.

In the early hours of Wednesday 29 July, Abu Saker and his 22-year-old son Sakher were arrested by Israeli soldiers and held for 20 hours, without food or water. The police accused them of “stealing water” from Israel’s national water company, Mekorot, which -in fact- “illegally appropriates Palestinians to serve,  … Read more

Japanese government plans to release radioactive contaminated water

Friends of the Earth Japan rejects this decision and is gathering signatures for contaminated water to be stored on land

“The Japanese government intends to proceed with its plan for environmental release of radioactive contaminated water that has been accumulating since the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident in 2011,” denounced Friends of the Earth Japan in a press release. The environmental organisation has launched an online petition demanding the  … Read more

Chernobyl-Fukushima: Mirrors of the Nuclear Disaster

Friends of the Earth Japan shares testimonies from victims of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on the 34th anniversary of Chernobyl.

Nine years have passed since the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Disaster, and the damage continues to be incurred. Although this disaster is still ongoing, efforts are made to render this invisible. FoE Japan has conducted video interviews with evacuees, dairy farmers, fishermen and other community members in order to make  … Read more

Remembering Dilma Ferreira on the first anniversary of her murder

Dilma was Coordinator of the Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAB) in Tucuruí, northern Brazil.

On 22 March 2019, Dilma Ferreira was brutally murdered in her home, together with her partner, Claudionor Costa da Silva, and neighbor, Milton Lopes. In celebration and remembrance of her life and struggle, Real World Radio interviewed Soniamara Maranho, Tchenna Maso and Cleidiane Vieria, fellow Coordinators at MAB. We asked  … Read more

“We need national policies for people affected by dams”

Day of struggle of people affected by dams. Interview with Diana Giraldo from the Ríos Vivos Movement in Colombia

14 March marks the Day of Struggle of people affected by dams. The Latin American Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAR) is growing and taking its motto to different places around the world: “Water and energy are not commodities! Water for Life, not for death!”. In the midst of  … Read more

“The hardest part is knowing that Vale continues operating”

Friends of the Earth International, with delegates from Brazil and its Economic Justice Program, demand justice in Brumadinho

During the march of people affected by mining company Vale in Brumadinho (Brazil) held by the Brazilian Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAB) from 20-25 January, during the first anniversary of the worst socioenvironmental crime in this South American country, Real World Radio interviewed activist Leticia Paranhos, co-coordinator of  … Read more