Guest blog from Naturvernforbundet/Friends of the Earth Norway
Norway, the first country to have a minister of environment, whose former prime minister coined the term 'sustainable development', is seemingly on a mission to trash its green image. Shooting its few remaining wolves, pumping oil in the Arctic, and dumping toxic waste in its pristine fjords – how did it come to this?
In this episode, we talk intersectionality – what it is, and how we can (practically!) make the environmental justice movement broader and more inclusive. Let's not mince words: we mean less white, male, straight and middle-class.
European farmers are getting hit hard by free trade deals, a report from the European Commission states today. Following a request by 20 EU farm ministers the European Commission was obliged to carry out an assessment on the cumulative impacts on EU agricultural sectors by 12 current and proposed free trade agreements. The study published today concludes that the existence of whole EU farm sectors – such as pasture-fed beef production – will be at risk from such agreements .
As we go into the second week of COP22, Friends of the Earth International asserts that Marrakech must deliver concrete actions for the sake of people and the planet.
Yesterday, Friends of the Earth International marched on the streets of Marrakech, with people from Morocco and all over the world. We stand in solidarity with impacted peoples, from the communities of Imider and Safi facing pollution and repression here in Morocco, to those in the Niger Delta and indigenous water defenders at Standing Rock.
We, at Friends of the Earth Europe, stand by our colleagues on the other side of the Atlantic in rejecting and fighting against the divisive, hateful rhetoric which was used during Donald Trump's election campaign. His chilling words on climate and evident thirst for fossil fuels have already caused a huge backlash from the environmental justice community and we support their upcoming struggle to protect vulnerable communities, the climate and the environment.
A wave of civil disobedience by activists across Europe shed light on the European Commission, corporate lobbyists and governments for their role in pushing free trade deals such as CETA (EU-Canada) and TTIP (EU-US).
The actions took place in response to a call to participate in Round 2 of TTIP Game Over, a civil disobedient action platform calling for an end to all free trade deals. The call is supported by trade unions, farmers groups and NGOs from across Europe.
The world is still on a collision course with climate change, according to Friends of the Earth Europe, despite the international climate agreement forged in Paris last year entering into force ahead of schedule today.
This morning, the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) and CropLife America (CLA) – two trade associations representing big pesticides companies – were awarded the Democracy for Sale Awards  for their attempt to use the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) to shape current and future pesticides regulation.
The fight back against industrial agriculture and for a just and sustainable future for farming and peasant farmers took a leap forward this week as the largest-ever European Forum on food sovereignty concluded.
The seeds have been sown for an international agreement that could put human rights before corporate interests, according to Friends of the Earth Europe. The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) met this week in Geneva to discuss a set of legally-binding rules for transnational corporations in relation to human rights known as "the UN treaty".