The EU’s energy strategy is dangerously at odds with the urgent need to transform Europe’s energy system and fight climate change, Friends of the Earth Europe has said today in response to the publication of a progress report.
The European Commission vice president for the energy union, Maroš Šefčovič, gave his ‘State of the Energy Union’ speech in Brussels, and set out next steps for Europe's energy future.
Citizens in the Czech Republic have been spared the worst of plans for new coal this week, although the Czech government went back on its word to block the outright expansion of two mines in the north of the country.
French energy giant Engie this week announced it will stop investing in coal in a victory for Les Amis de la Terre/Friends of the Earth France and its campaign against Engie's dirty energy investments.
The victory comes days after last saw community activists around Europe and the world target dirty, undemocratic energy system with coordinated action as part of 'Reclaim Power'.
The European Union will go to the upcoming global climate talks with an inadequate offer which fails to give enough backing to citizen-controlled, renewable-powered energy, after ministers agreed a weak position in Brussels today.
Magda Stoczkiewicz, the director of Friends of the Earth Europe, on why we must do more to tackle the root causes of the refugee situation, being discussed today in Brussels.
When discussing the mass movement of refugees to Europe that we are witnessing – including the more than 1,000 who have been given makeshift shelters in Brussels just a short distance from where ministers will meet today to discuss an EU-wide response – we can all agree this: the drivers are multiple, complex and interlocking.
Climate justice was on the agenda at the Young Friends of the Earth Europe summer camp 2015 in Brittany, north-west France, as 100 European youth gathered to discuss action plans and environmental justice in the run-up to this December's UN climate talks in Paris – the COP21.
The S.O.S. Adriatic coalition – which includes Zelena Akcija/Friends of the Earth Croatia – today welcomed the decision of Marathon Oil and OMV to withdraw from the exploration and exploitation of oil and gas in the Adriatic.
The Croatian government announced plans to open up the Adriatic to oil drilling earlier in the year, with initial plans to sign contracts with five oil companies. Marathon Oil and OMV together held the largest number of Adriatic drilling concessions.
150 people gathered on a beach in Dublin to stick their heads in the sand, calling on the Irish government to not, metaphorically, do the same on climate change. The stunt, organised in the shadow of the chimneys of a disused power station by Friends of the Earth Ireland as part of the Stop Climate Chaos coalition, was to highlight the government's lack of action on climate change.
Today ministers from around the world gathered at the UN General Assembly to discuss climate change received an unprecedented statement by Friends of the Earth and social movements of climate-impacted communities from the global South as well as faith, labour, environmental, and anti-poverty groups representing tens of millions of people from around the world.
Today, responding to the publication of Pope Francis' papal encyclical on the environment, Friends of the Earth International's Lucy Cadena said: "Pope Francis is right to say that there is a moral imperative to act on climate change with the utmost urgency and ambition. He is a friend of the earth and of the poorest and most vulnerable.