Rallies are expected in Rome this weekend as heads of European governments meet, and hundreds of organisations call for vision and courage to set Europe on the path to a just, sustainable, democratic and inclusive future.
This episode is a story that touches on giant bags of fake money, the actual mafia, and plans to clean up the capital of Croatia. While cities in Denmark and Cyprus enjoy the status of European Capitals of Culture in 2017, Zagreb has been blessed with a rather less sought-after title by Zelena Akcija/Friends of the Earth Croatia: the EU capital of trash.
Go for a walk in nature, get some fresh air, feel good. We know that being in nature helps us improve our mood, feel connected, and is unquestionably good for our well-being.
But studies show that regular access to nature gives us tangible health benefits – and can even save lives.
Good for health
As the world marks the international day of forests, researchers find that failing to provide access to nature to deprived communities could entrench health inequality.
A review of available evidence points to a strong link between lack of access to nature areas and poor health outcomes and inequality. It associates nature deprivation with higher obesity levels, mental health problems, and mortality rates.
The European Union should abandon plans to establish a global corporate court system, say Campact, WeMove.EU and Friends of the Earth Europe ahead of the end of a public consultation on the issue by the European Commissionon Wednesday March 15, 2017.
More than 280 000 citizens from across Europe have signed a petition against the plans, known as the 'multilateral investment court'. 
Plans to cut resource use and waste across the European Union were given a boost today, with the European Parliament adopting their final resolution on amendments to the EU Waste Directives.
The European Parliament voted through increased recycling targets, reinforcing proposals from their Environment Committee in January. Significant gaps remain however, that could allow waste to be unnecessarily sent to landfill and incineration, and leave the growth in bio-based packaging unchecked, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.
The European Parliament voted today on rules that would make companies more accountable to their shareholders, making a step towards a more accountable and sustainable financial system, according to Friends of the Earth Europe, ShareAction and WWF Europe.
The Shareholder Rights Directive is intended to tackle the lack of transparency between companies and shareholders – a significant barrier to challenging unsustainable business and investment practices.
Today marks six years to the day since March 11, 2011, when the Great Tohoku Earthquake led to the disastrous meltdowns in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants owned by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). Six years on, the accident remains unresolved and people in Japan continue to face the consequences of a prolonged and unprecedented nuclear disaster.
The consequences are complicated and diverse. Due to the widespread radiation contamination, the lives of those who once lived with blessings of nature were lost and in many areas, dramatically altered.
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.