Friends of the Earth Belgium (Wallonia and Brussels) staged a symbolic ‘failed marriage’ today outside the cathedral in Brussels, decrying the merger between the energy provider, Lampiris and energy giant, Total.
The action was part of the organisations “Fossil Free, we change suppliers” campaign, in which the group are calling for renewable energy solutions in the hands of cooperatives and local providers, not multinational energy corporations.
Following a week in the Peak District national park, in the United Kingdom, attending the Friends of the Earth Europe annual gathering, and the local activists 'Basecamp', Susann Scherbarth reflects on the inspiring individuals who make up the Friends of the Earth Europe network.
Campaigners from over 20 countries across Europe visited the controversial fracking site at Preston New Road, Lancashire, today, to offer support to local communities as they mark six years of successfully keeping fracking at bay.
This month marks six years since Cuadrilla fracked the first and only well in the UK, resulting in earth tremors and a temporary moratorium. Because of community opposition wherever fracking has since been proposed, people have successfully kept the industry at bay throughout the UK.
This episode introduces four stories from individuals – the people power behind the transition to the fossil fuel free future we need.
We talk to people involved in three Friends of the Earth groups, on the potential for community-owned and managed renewables in Denmark, on the perfect plan for transitioning Estonia away from dirty oil shale, and on how local resistance and perseverance has turned a small Czech town into an example of the just transition we need to move away from dirty fossil fuels.
The depth of gas industry infiltration into European decision-making on energy policy was revealed today, following the launch of the report 'Hiding in plain sight' by Friends of the Earth Europe.
Beacons, traditionally lit by communities along the coast of Norway to warn of imminent danger, will light up across Europe today to highlight the renewed threat to Norway's pristine arctic coastlines from the oil industry.
The European Central Bank (ECB) must stop pouring billions of euros into fossil fuel companies and aggravating climate change through its opaque 'quantitative easing' investments in polluting industries, according to a broad coalition of 70 civil society organisations. The call comes one day ahead of the European Central Bank's monthly monetary policy meeting.
Thor Markussen, climate justice and energy campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe, visited the earthquake stricken region of Groningen, to witness the lengths the Dutch government is willing to go in order to extract fossil fuels, and that others are willing to do in order to resist it.
The European Commission today announced its billionth Euro of subsidies for gas infrastructure in under three years. A new pledge of €228 million for gas projects takes the total financing for fossil fuel infrastructure to over €1 billion since the Commission's flagship fund for energy infrastructure, the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), was launched in 2014.
Dodgy data from the European gas lobby could lock Europe into unnecessary billion-euro infrastructure deals and decades of fossil-fuel use, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.