Environmental Defenders

We defend the environment, we defend human rights.

Friends of the Earth Canada is a member organization of Friends of the Earth International, the world’s largest grassroots environmental network, uniting 75 national member groups and some 5,000 local activist groups on every continent. With over 2 million members and supporters around the world, we campaign on today’s most urgent environmental and social issues. We challenge the current model of economic and corporate globalization, and promote solutions that will help to create environmentally sustainable and socially just societies.

This page highlights the work of other Friends of the Earth member groups and the important actions they are taking each day to protect human and environmental rights.

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

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

In a letter presented to Pope Francis this week, the organizations ask the Pope to be a patron for all environmental defenders who risk their lives by intimately caring about, and fighting for the preservation of nature, our common home. The signatories are concerned with the increase in violence against environmental defenders. Every week, three […]

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Urge the Prime Minister to help protect Gustavo Castro

Urge the Prime Minister to help protect Gustavo Castro

We urgently need your help to protect the life of our friend and colleague Gustavo Castro, coordinator of Otros Mundos Chiapas A.C./Friends of the Earth – Mexico and member of the Mexican Movement of Peoples Affected by Dams and the Mexican Network of Mining Affected Peoples (REMA). Mr. Castro was wounded during the assassination of […]

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Letter to Prime Minster Trudeau urging immediate protection for Gustavo Castro, injured during the assassination of Berta Cáceres

Letter to Prime Minster Trudeau urging immediate protection for Gustavo Castro, injured during the assassination of Berta Cáceres

(Ottawa, ON, March 7, 2016)  Dear Prime Minister, We write with some urgency to ask your assistance in securing the safety of our friend and colleague Gustavo Castro, coordinator of Otros Mundos Chiapas A.C./Friends of the Earth – Mexico and member of the Mexican Movement of Peoples Affected by Dams and the Mexican Network of […]

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Violence in Uganda and Indonesia: Why plantation companies can’t be trusted to police themselves

Violence in Uganda and Indonesia: Why plantation companies can’t be trusted to police themselves

Posted Mar. 16, 2015 / Originally posted by Jeff Conant   On February 27, Indra Pelani (left), a 22 year-old farmer and environmental defender from Jambi, Indonesia, was travelling to a harvest festival when he was brutally murdered by the security force of PT WKS (Wirakarya Sakti), a subsidiary of Asia Pulp and Paper, an […]

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