25 June 2017

From the 21st to the 25th of June a climate camp took pace in the coal-mining town of Horní Jiřetín, located in north-western Czech Republic. It was organized by Limity Jsme My “we are the limits” — a local Czech movement and Greenpeace. It was also supported by Hnuti DUHA / Friends of the Earth Czech Republic. The goal of the climate camp was to enforce ecological mining limits and demand climate justice.

Czech Republic
12 June 2017

Friends of the Earth Belgium (Wallonia and Brussels) staged a symbolic ‘failed marriage’ today outside the cathedral in Brussels, decrying the merger between the energy provider, Lampiris and energy giant, Total.

The action was part of the organisations “Fossil Free, we change suppliers” campaign, in which the group are calling for renewable energy solutions in the hands of cooperatives and local providers, not multinational energy corporations.

Belgium (Wallonia and Brussels)
9 June 2017

The Slovenian government was heavily criticised by Slovenian civil society this week, with groups including Friends of the Earth Slovenia (Focus), Umanotera and Greenpeace calling for more investment in renewable energy.

Draft plans for the future of Slovenia’s energy were released by the government’s ministry of infrastructure. The controversial plans show heavy reliance on fossil fuels, and would allow Slovenia’s biggest energy provider, Termoelektrarna Šoštanj, to continue running coal-fired power plants until 2054.

Slovenia
6 June 2017

Following a week in the Peak District national park, in the United Kingdom, attending the Friends of the Earth Europe annual gathering, and the local activists 'Basecamp', Susann Scherbarth reflects on the inspiring individuals who make up the Friends of the Earth Europe network.

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England, Wales and Northern Ireland, School of Sustainability, Scotland
31 May 2017

Campaigners from over 20 countries across Europe visited the controversial fracking site at Preston New Road, Lancashire, today, to offer support to local communities as they mark six years of successfully keeping fracking at bay.

This month marks six years since Cuadrilla fracked the first and only well in the UK, resulting in earth tremors and a temporary moratorium. Because of community opposition wherever fracking has since been proposed, people have successfully kept the industry at bay throughout the UK.

England, Wales and Northern Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland
26 May 2017

This episode introduces four stories from individuals – the people power behind the transition to the fossil fuel free future we need.

We talk to people involved in three Friends of the Earth groups, on the potential for community-owned and managed renewables in Denmark, on the perfect plan for transitioning Estonia away from dirty oil shale, and on how local resistance and perseverance has turned a small Czech town into an example of the just transition we need to move away from dirty fossil fuels.

Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Sweden
11 May 2017

The depth of gas industry infiltration into European decision-making on energy policy was revealed today, following the launch of the report 'Hiding in plain sight' by Friends of the Earth Europe.

10 March 2017

Beacons, traditionally lit by communities along the coast of Norway to warn of imminent danger, will light up across Europe today to highlight the renewed threat to Norway's pristine arctic coastlines from the oil industry.

Norway, Young Friends of the Earth Europe
23 February 2017

Thor Markussen, climate justice and energy campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe, visited the earthquake stricken region of Groningen, to witness the lengths the Dutch government is willing to go in order to extract fossil fuels, and that others are willing to do in order to resist it.

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Netherlands, School of Sustainability

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