Media Releases

Thousands of Canadians, led by celebrated filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and supported by author Margaret Atwood, call for glyphosate ban and political accountability for pesticide reduction

For Immediate Release (05/01/23) (OTTAWA | Traditional, unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg People) — New Brunswick MP, Jenica Atwin, and prominent documentary filmmaker, Jennifer Baichwal are calling on Parliament to ban the use of glyphosate, Canada’s most widely-used weed killer.  Atwin is presenting a petition – signed by more than 18,000 Canadians and backed

Court finds Ontario’s response to climate change “severely” inadequate in youth climate case

For Immediate Release – April 18, 2023   Intervenor Friends of the Earth finds important gains despite dismissal   (Ottawa) Canada’s courts are a step closer to legally recognizing governments’ duty to protect Canadians from climate change. The Ontario Superior Court released a historic judgment in Mathur v Ontario – the youth climate lawsuit where

Maya’s Plastic Pollution Campaign

A little girl launches a big campaign to get rid of those little stickers on fruit and vegetables  (Ottawa) Ten year old Maya Thiru who lives in the GTA  has turned a visit to the grocery store with her Mom into a Friends of the Earth Canada environmental campaign. Maya’s Plastic Pollution Campaign hopes to

Environmental, health orgs and businesses call on Canada to Expand the Single-Use Plastics Ban

Vancouver — More than 60 environmental and health organizations and businesses across Canada are calling on the federal government to Expand the Single-Use Plastics Ban by adding six new categories: All takeout containers, cups and lids Bags, film and wrap Bottles and caps Filtered cigarettes Produce stickers Sachets, pouches and wrappers These six new categories

Environmental and food groups take Health Canada to court over glyphosate product renewal

Toronto, Ont./ Traditional territories of several First Nations including the Williams Treaties First Nations, Huron-Wendat, the Anishnaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Chippewas, and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation – Environmental and food groups are challenging Health Canada’s failure to conduct a rigorous scientific assessment of glyphosate before renewing the approval for a product containing it. Ecojustice,

Clearing the Air in Downtown Ottawa: An Open Letter to His Worship, Mark Sutcliffe, Mayor of Ottawa

Dear Mayor Sutcliffe, On behalf of Friends of the Earth Canada and the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (Ontario Committee), we write to draw your attention to an urgent public health hazard in downtown Ottawa – heavy truck pollution. To summarize, the City of Ottawa’s choice to route heavy trucks through its high-density

Friends of the Earth and other Canadian pesticide action groups comment on the new Target 7 of the new Global Biodiversity Framework:

It is significant that the world has recognized how destructive pollution can be for biodiversity in Target 7 of the new Biodiversity agreement. For the first time, parties have agreed to an explicit objective on pesticides, committing to reduce overall risk from pesticides and highly hazardous chemicals by at least half by 2030.  This is

Environmental groups call on the federal Minister of Agriculture to support pesticide reductions at COP15

Monday December 12 Sustainable Agriculture consultation launch must be matched by Canadian ambition and action on pesticide reduction.   MONTREAL/ TRADITIONAL TERRITORY OF THE MOHAWK AND HAUDENOSAUNEE PEOPLES — Today, the Federal Minister of Agriculture Marie-Claude Bibeau has announced consultations on sustainable agriculture, Canada needs to take a stand in favour of including ambitious and firm commitments

Pesticide interests must not obstruct action to protect wildlife and nature at COP15

Advocates protest CropLife event at NatureCOP, as delegates consider first global pesticide reduction target TIOHTIÀ:KE/MONTREAL/UNCEDED TERRITORY OF THE KANIEN’KEHÁ:KA NATION (December 8, 2022) — Demonstrators dressed as bees and butterflies raised concerns today about the presence and profile of the pesticide industry at NatureCOP (COP15), the global biodiversity summit taking place in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal. Environmental groups

Young Canadians want Pesticides out of their Food and NatureCOP now underway in Montreal can make that happen!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 8, 2022 Montreal, QC   Today, Friends of the Earth (FOE) has issued a Call to Action to Canada’s negotiators at NatureCOP happening now in Montreal. FOE Canada is calling on our representatives to work to meet the expectations of young Canadians to reduce pesticides in food and agree to phasedown

COP27 outcome: Loss and Damage fund established in historic first step, but other outcomes perilously weak

  A historic breakthrough in deadlocked COP27 talks means a Loss and Damage fund to compensate developing countries for the irreversible impacts of climate change has been established, despite consistent efforts by the US and other developed countries to derail it. This fund was one of the key demands of developing countries, and it is

Stop the ratification of CETA! A joint statement by German and Canadian civil society groups

On the occasion of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s visit to Canada, and ahead of the announced ratification of the EU–Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) by the German parliament, we Canadian and German civil society organisations express our continued opposition to CETA, which protects corporate interests at the expense of climate, environmental and social