2016 Media Releases

Dozens of International Organizations and Networks Call for an End to State of Emergency and Militarization in Ecuador’s Southern Amazon

Dozens of International Organizations and Networks Call for an End to State of Emergency and Militarization in Ecuador’s Southern Amazon

December 19, 2016 Today, nearly fifty international organizations and networks sent the following letter to Ecuadorian authorities urging an immediate end to the militarization and the State of Emergency that was declared in the southeastern Amazonian province of Morona Santiago last week. Instead of force, they urged for there to be openness to dialogue over the proposed Panantza-San Carlos mine project with the Shuar and campesino communities in accord with their constitutional […]

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Prevent Mesothelioma and other Asbestos Diseases in Canada

Filed in 2016 Media Releases, Media releases by on December 7, 2016
Prevent Mesothelioma and other Asbestos Diseases in Canada

Organizations call on Prime Minister for an Immediate Asbestos Ban and Expert Panel Review IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Toronto, 7 December 2016 – Over 60 health, labour, and environmental organizations from across Canada urge Prime Minister Trudeau to take the necessary steps to achieve a comprehensive ban on asbestos, beginning with regulatory actions banning asbestos use […]

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Secret TiSA Trade deal equally as dangerous as TPP and TTIP

Filed in 2016 Media Releases, Media releases by on December 1, 2016
Secret TiSA Trade deal equally as dangerous as TPP and TTIP

SECRET TISA TRADE DEAL EQUALLY AS DANGEROUS AS TPP AND TTIP finds new Friends of the Earth International report 1 December 2016  – While the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) appears to be dead [1] and negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) stalled [2], another similar corporate trade dealstill in the making – […]

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New law would create Human Rights Ombudsperson to investigate violations associated with Canadian mining, oil and gas operations overseas

Filed in 2016 Media Releases, Media releases by on November 3, 2016
New law would create Human Rights Ombudsperson to investigate violations associated with Canadian mining, oil and gas operations overseas

Ottawa, Nov 2, 2016 – The Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability released yesterday detailed model legislation, providing the Canadian government with a blueprint for how to create an effective human rights ombudsperson in the extractive sector. Human rights abuses at Canadian mining and oil and gas sites around the world are widespread and well documented. Victims […]

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Coalition of environmental and human rights organizations calls on the Pope to protect environmental defenders

Filed in 2016 Media Releases, Media releases by on October 6, 2016
Coalition of environmental and human rights organizations calls on the Pope to protect environmental defenders

VATICAN, 5 OCTOBER 2016 – Out of concern for the increasing violence against environmental defenders, a coalition of 76 environmental and human rights organizations from 19 countries asks the Pope to stand up for their protection. In a letter presented to Pope Francis this week, the organizations ask the Pope to be a patron for […]

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On Eve of Enforcement Trial, Canada’s Civil Society Calls for Chevron’s Assets To Be Frozen So Ecuador Judgment Can Be Paid

On Eve of Enforcement Trial, Canada’s Civil Society Calls for Chevron’s Assets To Be Frozen So Ecuador Judgment Can Be Paid

  Canadian environmental justice, labor, human rights, and First Nations groups blast Chevron and call for justice for Ecuadorians September 7, 2016 (Toronto, ON ) Some of Canada’s largest environmental, labor and civil society organizations have now joined the growing international community demanding that Chevron clean up its toxic waste in the Ecuadorian Amazon and cease […]

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Money Hidden in Tax Havens Can Power Half the World with 100% Renewable Energy

Money Hidden in Tax Havens Can Power Half the World with 100% Renewable Energy

Time for G20 to act (Friends of the Earth International – Press Release, Amsterdam – 2 Sept. 2016)  Globally every year up to $600 billion dollars of government tax revenue is lost through tax avoidance alone 1. In a new report, launched today, Friends of the Earth International calculates that government revenue lost to tax […]

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Who Is Responsible For Wild Bees in Canada?

Who Is Responsible For Wild Bees in Canada?

August 16, 2016 (Ottawa) Friends of the Earth Canada says Canada urgently needs a study of the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides used on canola crops in light of a new study out of Britain. The study links neonicotinoid pesticide use on canola crops to large scale, long term declines in wild bee species. Canada is the […]

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Environmental groups head to court over pollinator-killing pesticides

Environmental groups head to court over pollinator-killing pesticides

Neonicotinoid pesticides have been linked to mass bee die-offs and declining pollinator populations. TORONTO, July 6, 2016 — Environmental groups are headed to court in a bid to protect pollinators from a harmful class of pesticides. The David Suzuki Foundation, Friends of the Earth Canada, Ontario Nature and the Wilderness Committee have been tracking the […]

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A Fix for the Climate Polluting Canada Pension Plan

A Fix for the Climate Polluting Canada Pension Plan

June 1, 2016 (Ottawa, ON) Friends of the Earth Canada is calling on Canada’s largest public investor, the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), with $278.9 billion in assets, to stop investing in climate polluting fossil fuels and bring its investment policies in line with Canada’s commitment to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C of warming. Canadians […]

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Province-wide bee protection campaign launched – Friends of the Earth calls on city folks to “Let It Bee”

Province-wide bee protection campaign launched – Friends of the Earth calls on city folks to “Let It Bee”

May 5, 2016 (Toronto, Ontario)  In response to global concerns about declines in pollinator biodiversity, Friends of the Earth, with the support of Ontario Power Generation, is launching its “Let It Bee” campaign. More than two-thirds of the food crops we depend on benefit from pollination by native bees, honey bees and other pollinators. “Let […]

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Un message céleste pour Bayer Inc. : Bayer Neonics Non!

Un message céleste pour Bayer Inc. : Bayer Neonics Non!

(Montréal, QC, le 28 avril 2016) Vers 9 heures ce matin, Les Ami(e)s de la Terre Canada ont inscrit un message dans le ciel pour alerter les actionnaires de la firme Bayer AG. Cette multinationale est un important fabricant des pesticides néonicotinoïdes qui dévastent les populations d’abeilles. Le message «Bayer Neonics Non!» a été remorqué […]

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A Heavenly Message for Bayer Inc. – Bayer Neonics Non!

A Heavenly Message for Bayer Inc. – Bayer Neonics Non!

        (Montreal, QC, April 28, 2016)  Around 9 am today Friends of the Earth Canada delivered a heavenly message to draw the attention of Bayer AG stockholders. The multinational corporation is a major manufacturer of bee killing neonicotinoid pesticides. The message “Bayer Neonics Non!” was written on a 50 foot banner towed […]

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Don’t count on the Paris Agreement to stop climate change

Don’t count on the Paris Agreement to stop climate change

(Ottawa, ON, April 22, 2016) Today, Prime Minister Trudeau and representatives of over 130 nations are expected to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change bringing them one step closer to reducing emissions that cause climate change. Nations including Canada will then ratify the agreement in the coming months. Countries agree to limit the rise […]

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Friends of the Earth Canada reaction to U.S. Canada joint statement on Climate, Energy and Arctic Leadership

Friends of the Earth Canada reaction to U.S. Canada joint statement on Climate, Energy and Arctic Leadership

(Ottawa, ON   March 10, 2016)   The U.S.-Canada joint statement contains some encouraging elements that can form the basis of bilateral action on climate change by the two countries. It is an important positive step forward but its spirit can be undermined by positions in on-going negotiations and the limited scale of global contributions needed from […]

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