12,000 people converged on the beach in Ostend, Belgium, in a colourful dance-protest for the climate, 100 days before the crucial UN climate conference in Copenhagen.
‘The Big Ask again’ event, organised by Friends of the Earth and other members of the Belgian Climate Coalition, was directed by award winning filmmaker Nic Balthazar. The 12,000 people performed a choreographed Bollywood-style dance and called for a strong, just agreement at the climate talks.
Brussels, October 21 – A just and fair international agreement on combating climate change is no nearer after europe's environment ministers today failed to show Europe is willing to live up to its historical responsibilities for causing the climate crisis.
Brussels, October 20, 2009 – Developing nations are still waiting to hear how much Europe is prepared to contribute to the fight against climate change after Europe's finance ministers meeting in Luxembourg today failed to agree to put forward figures for the EU's contribution to funding for adaptation and mitigation in developing countries.
Finance ministers did not reach agreement and no conclusions were adopted. Discussions will now continue among environment ministers and heads of state.
Brussels, October 19, 2009 – European politicians will this week make critical decisions about what role Europe is prepared to play in the fight against climate change and Friends of the Earth Europe is urging them to commit Europe to fulfil its historical responsibility for causing the climate crisis.
4,000 people took part in the 'human flood' event in Helsinki to demand that Finland adopts a legally binding climate law with annual cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. The flood also called for Finland to take a strong and just position to the UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen in December.
The event, organised by Friends of the Earth Finland and a coalition of 23 environmental organisations, is the largest ever climate change event to take place in Finland.
Brussels, Munich, July 13, 2009 - Energy Union is a pan-European campaign tour with the objective of empowering young people and policy makers in Europe to take action against climate change. Energy Union promotes "Intelligent Energy": the potential of renewable energy, energy-conscious behaviour and the need for changes at the political level. Over the next two years the Energy Union tour will visit 12 countries across Europe with a live audio visual show from Coldcut, an interactive exhibition using the "Gridio" system, and political panel discussions.
Brussels, Amsterdam, London, Washington, June 29, 2009 - Fresh evidence of oil giant Shell's colossal contribution to global climate change and its continued investment in carbon intensive fossil fuels has been revealed today in a new report. The report also reveals new internal documents that show Shell knew of the environmental dangers of gas
flaring in Nigeria more than fifteen years ago, but chose not to stop flaring purely for financial reasons.
The Hungarian parliament has adopted a landmark resolution setting out the content for a national climate law. The resolution, initiated by Friends of the Earth and the National Council for Sustainable Development (NCSD), received unprecedented cross-party support after being submitted by the Chair of the House and arepresentative of each party.
Prague, May 29 – Today, environmental organisations Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and Sortir du nucléaire formally ended their participation in the European Nuclear Energy Forum (ENEF) at a meeting in Prague hosted by the Czech and Slovak governments and backed by the European Commission. The environmental groups accuse the nuclear industry-dominated body of stifling critical voices and ignoring the concerns of civil society.
Campinas (Brazil), Brussels (Belgium), May 27 – A new initiative to re-brand the intensive and damaging farming of soy as "responsible" is nothing short of green-wash and will con the public, said Friends of the Earth International today.
The warning comes as the so-called Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) meets on 28 May in Campinas, Brazil to agree new voluntary standards on the cultivation of soy. Even environmentally-damaging genetically modified soy will be called "responsible".