Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth and our network of grassroots groups in 77 countries fight to create a more healthy, just world. Our current campaigns focus on clean energy and solutions to global warming, protecting people from toxic and new, potentially harmful technologies, and promoting smarter, low-pollution transportation alternatives. Friends of the Earth U.S. is also a part of Friends of the Earth International, the world's largest grassroots environmental network. Our dedicated staff fights to protect the rights of all people to live in a safe and healthy environment, both at home or in countries around the world. Our campaigns demonstrate our belief that the fight for justice and the movement to protect the health of the planet are part of the same struggle.
Outreach & Membership Program$4.1m
Our outreach program educates members and activists as well as the greater public through online action alerts, print and online advertising, mailings and quarterly newsmagazine (to members), e-newsletters, as well as social media sites like facebook, twitter, youtube, and flickr. The team also seeks opportunities to educate the public through tv and radio interviews. Over the past year, friends of the earth continued to support two mexican projects in cooperation with otros mundos, a fellow member of friends of the earth international: the construction of a sustainability school in chiapas, and an ecological park in the yucatan.
Also known as "economics for the earth," friends of the earth (foe)'s economic policy team aims to create a more environmentally sustainable and socially just world by transforming financial and economic systems. Activities include efforts to end subsidies for polluting industries, making polluters pay for the damage they cause and encourage investments in clean alternatives. It works to alter lending practices at large financial institutions that fund polluting activities and harm communities in developing countries. The team also seeks to educate the public and policymakers about the environmental dangers and undemocratic nature of trade agreements, such as the trans-pacific partnership. During fy2017 foe continued to engage in efforts, such as promoting the overturn of citizens united, to raise awareness of the need for campaign finance reform, an attempt to prioritize the voices of voters over corporations. This team also works to address the root causes of forest destruction through its campaign against landgrabs, primarily related to palm oil production and also challenges forest carbon offsets.
Food & Technology$1.4m
Friends of the earth (foe)'s food & technology team takes a multi-pronged approach, with efforts at the policy level, corporate campaigns, and scientific research, publishing the results to educate and engage the public in promoting a healthier food supply. The team fights for regulations and testing to protect human health and the environment from dangerous emerging technologies and harmful chemicals in foods, consumer products and in research and development of new technologies. During fy2017 the team continued its fights for labeling of genetically modified foods; protecting bees and other pollinators from harmful pesticides, and advocating for policies to the protect the public from risks posed by the increasing use of nanomaterials in consumer products. The team continued efforts to raise awareness of the environmental and health harms from factory farming, with tools such as its less and better meat program and pressuring restaurant chains to serve healthier food. Its agroecology program is a solutions-oriented program promoting organic and sustainable diets. Foe's food & technology team funds and participates in numerous scientific studies and publishes the results to educate the public in reports such as farming for the future, which demonstrates how organic farming can feed the world; and chain reaction, a rating of top restaurants on reducing their use of antibiotics in their meat supply.
Climate & Energy$556k
The climate & energy team promotes clean energy and conservation and fights to end our dependence on dirty, harmful sources of energy including coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear. In fy2017 the team continued efforts to phase out our use of dangerous, aging nuclear reactors, resulting in an agreement to shut down the diablo canyon nuclear facility in california; efforts to keep fossil fuels in the ground by opposing pipelines and the leasing of public lands for fossil fuel extraction.
Ocean & Vessel$470k
The oceans & vessels team works to stop harmful air and water pollution from ocean-going vessels, cruise ships and oil platforms in order to protect human health and the marine environment. The team produces an annual cruise ship report card to educate the public on environmentally sound and unsound practices of the cruise ship industry. In fy2017 its arctic campaign accomplished the passing of a polar code to guardian activities in the arctic ocean. The team also continues work to end the use of leaded aviation fuel.