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Friends of the Earth was founded in 1969 by David R. Brower
Transcript of Friends of the Earth was founded in 1969 by David R. Brower
There will always be more tomorrows. All of us should use the planet's resources in a way that ensures they will still be available for future generations. Because the environment belongs to all of us (and we to it), we must ensure that natural resources are used in a fair way so that all people can lead healthy, fulfilling lives, and breathe clean air, drink clean water and enjoy a stable climate.
Friends of the Earth
FOE's main Mission
Friends of the Earth are currently working to banned bee-killing pesticides in America.
They've released a groundbreaking report exposing bee-killing pesticides in more than half of the plants tested at major garden retailers.
They're now running a grassroots campaign to pressure Home Depot, Lowe’s, and others to stop selling pre-poisoned plants. Home Depot has already responded publicly.
They’re building support for the “Save America’s Pollinators Act” to ban bee-killing neonic pesticides in the U.S.
They’re pressuring the EPA to place an immediate moratorium on neonics.
Friends of the Earth President, Erich Pica, is a nationally recognized expert on energy subsidies who for more than a decade has worked to reform U.S. tax and budget policy in ways that reduce pollution and spark a transition to clean energy.
Prior to becoming Friends of the Earth’s president in 2009, Erich served as the organization’s director of domestic programs. In that role, he designed and launched many of Friends of the Earth’s campaigns including efforts to bring emerging technologies such as nanotechnology and synthetic biology under greater public and regulatory control and to reform how the federal government manages and invests in our transportation system.
3 principles that guide FOE's work
Friends of the Earth was founded in 1969 by David R. Brower and a few other partners
It was originally created as an anti-nuclear group, but eventually migrated to an international environmental awareness group
Friends of the Earth International works globally to promote healthy environment
Friends of the Earth's main purpose is to defend the environment and work towards a healthy earth for all people
The fight to safeguarding the planet and its resources is intrinsically connected to the global struggle for social and economic justice. As long as the powerful continue to pillage the planet, there will be no hope for equality.
The world's problems are too great for tiny fixes around the edges. We cannot afford to allow corporations to continue to profit by destroying the environment. We must hold them accountable for the costs their pollution creates, and we must shift the focus from short-term profits to long-term prosperity.
Keeping dangerous nuclear reactors offline.
In 2012, we successfully campaigned to keep the San Onofre reactors shut down after the accidental release of radioactive steam and the discovery of further damage in reactor equipment. Friends of the Earth filed a petition with the NRC arguing that the utility failed to get a necessary license amendment, and has thus far kept the reactors offline for a year.
Blocking approval of a dangerous pipeline.
Friends of the Earth led the effort to expose corruption and pro-oil bias in the State Department’s review of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline. Our work (and that of allies) generated pressure on the Obama administration, forcing it to hit the reset button and order a new review of the pipeline’s potential environmental impacts.
Ending polluter subsidies.
In 2012, Friends of the Earth and our coalition continued our efforts to stop the government from handing out billions to Big Oil by support of a billing from Sen. Sanders and Rep. Ellison that would save American taxpayers $10 billion a year by eliminating these subsidies permanently.
Reducing air pollution from ships.
In August 2012, after working for nearly a decade to reduce air pollution from ships, we were rewarded for our efforts when the Emission Control Area went into effect for North America. The EPA expects the reduction in smog created by the new rule to improve the health of people living near the coasts and save thousands of lives. Since then, we have worked to strengthen and protect the ECA by intervening in the state of Alaska’s attempt to challenge the rule.
Friends of the Earth strive to promote a healthy and just world. They understand that the challenges facing our planet call for hard work and dedication, in which they push for the reforms needed, not necessarily the ones that are politically easy. They believe the issues facing our planet and its people are too important for compromise.
FOE focus on waste, transportation, real food, and climate change.