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[ Get to know Friends of the Earth ]

Thanks to Eric and the folks in Norfolk for the April feature…Friends of the Earth. Lots of 1Things to be had here… 

Friends of the Earth591x218Friends of the Earth is an international environmental protection organization that “strives for a more healthy and just world”. Their work pushes for reforms politically on a large scale as well as smaller community networks focused on the preservation of shared Earth resources.

“We understand that the challenges facing our planet call for more than half measures, so we push for the reforms that are needed, not merely the ones that are politically easy.” – FOE

Together they have 75 national member groups collaborating for the international conservation effort, representing more than two million activist in more than 60 countries. In the United States, FOE works with Congressmen, state authorities and community groups in all 50 states to urge policymakers and community leaders to “work towards a healthy envirornment for all people.”

Throughout their 47-year history, Friends of the Earth has been working “to change the perception of the public, media and policy makers” and institute global environmental protection efforts. Their main efforts go specifically to curbing the environmental degradationon drivers like public investment, granting corporations the right to pollute, or other factors on federal and state levels.

What Makes FOE Different: 

– They fight for what’s needed over the longer term for all creatures on our planet, not for what is easy or popular in the short term

– They are a loud and fearless voice for the environment and have been for 47 years

– They act globally and locally, with a worldwide networks of activist in 75 countries (and counting)

– They know that solving deep-rooted environmental problems requires exposing and fighting the economic forces that fuel them

– They employ a variety of tactics such as policy analysis, grassroots activism, litigation and creative communication to win their campaigns fairly.

What FOE Has Achieved: 

– Limits the Air pollution from Ships

– Persuaded Thousands of Grocery Stores to Commit to Not Selling Genetically Engineered Salmon

– Stopped Construction of Dangerous Nuclear Reactors

– Exposed Corruption in the Review of the Keystone XL tar sands oil Pipeline.

On an international level they have collaborated to bring projects like the Climate Justice and Energy Program giving communities the right to choose thier own sustainable energy sources, and working with the UN negotiators to agree on climate finance and ending deforestation.

They also have started a Food Sovereignty program aimed to halt genetically modified organisms from human consumption. FOE is also responsible for the Forest and Biodiversity program that campaigns against illegal logging and deforestation and works with communities to manage their forest as well as opposing and exposing the negative impacts of monoculture plantations of cromps like sugar cane, palm oil and soy.

In a statement on their website FOE describes their battles to protect the environment as, “Hard work. But the pressures facing our planet and it’s people are too important for us to compromise.”

For more info visit http://www.foei.org/

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