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.
On June 11, more than 1,100 people gathered in 21 cities across the Czech republic to protest the Czech government's decision to break its promises to limit coal mining in North Bohemia.
Citizens from aross the Czech Republic are mobilising to protest the government's plan to break its long-held promise not to expand coal mining in North Bohemia, with the futures of two small cities in the north of the country at stake.
As two weeks of UN climate talks come to a close in Bonn today, Friends of the Earth warned that not enough progress was made towards a fair and adequate climate treaty to be finalised in Paris later this year.
The Norwegian Parliament voted today for its $900bn sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, to divest from coal companies.
"This is a major breakthrough in the fight against dirty fossil fuels" says Lars Haltbrekken, chairman of Friends of the Earth Norway.
Domestic campaigning and international pressure has helped secure a unanimous decision in the Norwegian Parliament today. The Norwegian fund will withdraw its investments from all companies that generate more than 30 percent of their revenue or output from coal-activities.
Today, the European Parliament agreed new EU laws to limit the use of crop-based biofuels.
EU law makers ruled that biofuels can compete with food production, contribute to climate change, and put pressure on land use – and so have set a limit on the quantity of biofuels that can be used to meet EU energy targets (at no more than 7% of transport energy).
The 28 EU heads of state today backed a vision of Europe's energy future which will keep the continent dependent on fossil fuels.
European leaders' plans for an 'Energy Union' strategy were strongly criticised by Friends of the Earth Europe for the decision to emphasise new gas supplies, instead of prioritising energy efficiency and renewables to cut emissions and energy imports.