"What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what
difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the
significance of the life we lead.” Nelson Mandela
Environmental justice activist, Director of groundWork, FOE SA Bobby Peak pays homage to the great freedom fighter.
A high-level Friends of the Earth International visit to Friends of the Earth Palestine (also known as PENGON) concluded on October 13th, when FOEI chair Jagoda Munic presented a report during a press conference in Ramallah.
The report, "Environmental injustice and violations of the Israeli occupation of Palestine” documents some of the environmental injustice that a Friends of the Earth International delegation observed in 2012.
will continue” in Santa Cruz Barillas
This Thursday, the peasants of the Guatemalan municipality of Santa Cruz Barillas, in Huehuetenango department, released on January 10 after more than eight months of being arbitrarily imprisoned, will tour through the capital of the country to denounce the abuses suffered and demand Hidro Santa Cruz company, in charge of the Santa Cruz hydroelectric project, to leave their territories.
January 21st 2013, It was decided to ban use of mercury in soap and cosmetics, CFL bulbs and phase out range of items such as Mercury Thermometers, blood pressure apparatus etc., by 2020. This is possible under the Minamata’ Convention Agreed by Nations during the International Mercury negotiation’s just ended in Geneva. Meanwhile, Centre for Environmental Justice found very high levels of mercury in skin whitening creams widely available in the Sri Lanka Market.
New map highlights European regional spending that works for environment and people
A new publication released today documenting EU Cohesion Policy spending during the 2007-2013 period highlights how in times of economic and environmental crisis, Cohesion Policy can guide investments that are sustainable, innovative and really benefit the public. CEE Bankwatch Network, Friends of the Earth Europe and WWF published today a map showing where European regional spending has triggered environmental protection and sustainable development  – including public transport, renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.