Environmental justice

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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Close the International Accountability Gap in the Extractive Sector

Close the International Accountability Gap in the Extractive Sector

Friends of the Earth Canada is proud to join with our colleagues as organizations committed to upholding human rights, environmental protection, and fostering equitable and sustainable economic development. To recognize that there are significant challenges associated with resource extraction in developing countries, we call on the Government of Canada to ensure that people harmed by the […]

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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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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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Executed Nigerian Activist 20th Anniversary Celebrated Around the World

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Executed Nigerian Activist 20th Anniversary Celebrated Around the World

MEDIA ADVISORY Friends of the Earth International   LAGOS, NIGERIA, 9 NOVEMBER 2015 – Led by Nigerian activists, social justice campaigners from around the world will commemorate on 10 November the 20th anniversary of the execution of Ken Saro Wiwa and eight more Ogonis at the hands of the Nigerian dictatorship of Sani Abacha. Known around […]

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Canadian Mines Ministers Conference in Halifax: Provinces & Territories Must Act To Avoid Mine Waste Disasters

Canadian Mines Ministers Conference in Halifax: Provinces & Territories Must Act To Avoid Mine Waste Disasters

(HALIFAX, NS, July 20 2015) – While Energy & Mines Ministers from across Canada are meeting in Halifax for their annual conference, a coalition of more than 50 environmental, First Nations, and community organizations today sent a letter to all Canadian Mines Ministers urging them to take immediate action to assess and prevent the threat posed by hundreds […]

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Make Canada Open for Justice, Not Just Open for Business

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Make Canada Open for Justice, Not Just Open for Business

  We call on the Canadian Government to prioritize human rights over mining profits and make Canada open for justice, not just open for business.   Across the globe there are hardworking activists, community leaders, and organizations working at the grassroots level to demand justice. They face an uphill battle when large Canadian extractive companies […]

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Corporate Accountability and Withdrawal of Canadian Support for Gabriel Resources in Romania

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Corporate Accountability and Withdrawal of Canadian Support for Gabriel Resources in Romania

Corporate Accountability and Withdrawal of Canadian Support for Gabriel Resources in Romania   Minister of Foreign Affairs and MP Open Letter Destructive Mining Abroad To: Honourable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Official Opposition Critics for Foreign Affairs: Honourable Elizabeth May, Green Party; Honourable Paul Dewar, NDP; Jean-François Fortin, Bloc Québécois; Honourable Marc Garneau, […]

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Ontario government action on bee and pollinator protection applauded by Friends of the Earth

Ontario government action on bee and pollinator protection applauded by Friends of the Earth

Premier Wynne and Ministers of Environment and Agriculture cited as North American leaders   (March 23, 2015, Ottawa, ON) Today, following extensive public consultation, Ontario tabled a Regulation to permanently reduce 80 percent of the bee-harmful neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides used on corn and soy seed by 2017. This announcement makes Ontario the first North American jurisdiction […]

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

Filed in Environmental defenders, Environmental justice by on March 17, 2015 0 Comments
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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Chemical giant Bayer loses libel action to muzzle bee protectors

Filed in Environmental justice, The Bee Cause by on March 12, 2015 1 Comment
Chemical giant Bayer loses libel action to muzzle bee protectors

Ottawa, ON, March 12, 2015 German chemical giant Bayer has failed in its attempt to muzzle Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) over the environmental group’s claims that thiacloprid, a pesticide manufactured by Bayer, harms bees. Thiacloprid is one of a group of insecticides called neonicotinoids (“neonics”) which work by interfering with insects’ nervous systems. […]

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Signs of our Road Salt Addiction

Filed in Blog, Environmental justice, Policy by on March 11, 2015 0 Comments
Signs of our Road Salt Addiction

I greet the spring with great enthusiasm – now, we can change our boots for running shoes, and put away our scarves and mitts. However- along with the melting snow comes the signs of our addiction to road salt. A dirty grey crust of salt is visible on boots, cars and trucks, sidewalks, parking garages […]

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Gardeners tell Lowe’s: Don’t be a “little shop of horrors” for bees

Gardeners tell Lowe’s: Don’t be a “little shop of horrors” for bees

More than a million people ask Lowe’s to stop selling bee-killing pesticides For Immediate Release: October 29, 2014 WASHINGTON, D.C.—This week, more than 30,000 people across the U.S. and Canada will swarm Lowe’s (NYSE:LOW) stores to ask the retailer to not be a “little shop of horrors” for bees and take bee-killing pesticides off its […]

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Kill wild fish to protect farmed fish? I don’t think so

Filed in Blog, Environmental justice by on October 22, 2014 0 Comments
Kill wild fish to protect farmed fish? I don’t think so

The proposed regulation for the aquaculture industry misses the mark by a mile (well, a kilometre) – and what is the mark you may well ask? The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans has a duty to protect wild fish, fish habitat and Canadian fisheries waters from the negative impact of aquaculture.  Why is she abdicating […]

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