Craig Bennett, CEO of Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland, comments on the UK's decision to leave the European Union.
The result is in – we are leaving the EU. The fight starts now to make sure that the UK doesn't water-down environmental safeguards we've inherited from the European Union. Instead we must improve standards in order to protect our green and pleasant land. Future generations deserve no less.
On International Biodiversity Day, members of Center for Environment/Friends of the Earth Bosnia & Herzegovina visited the cave Mišarica near Banja Luka to highlight the insufficient protection and preservation of the highly biodiverse subterranean cave ecosystems, unfortunately threaten with destruction.
Activists from across the Friends of the Earth Europe network stood in solidarity today with local campaigners resisting controversial oil and gas exploration in Woodburn Forest, Northern Ireland, just outside Belfast.
Bulgaria is set to defy EU nature laws by building a motorway through a spectacular gorge regarded as one of the most valuable conservation sites in Europe.
The 17-kilometre Kresna Gorge is a stunning deep valley in southwestern Bulgaria that boasts more than 3,500 species of flora and fauna, including snakes, turtles and bats found nowhere else in Europe. Renowned for its golden eagles, griffon vultures, brown bears and wolves, this national treasure is also an important site for tourism and small-scale agriculture, providing vital support to the local economy.
For ten days, locals and young activists, led by Young Friends of the Earth Norway, have been peacefully occupying machinery to prevent test drilling at a mining site near Førde fjord, west Norway. In April last year, the Norwegian government doomed another of its world famous fjords, Førde fjord, by granting permission to Nordic Mining to mine Engebø mountain for rutile ore, and for the waste to be dumped into the nearby pristine fjord.
The government of Norway has doomed another of their world famous fjords to destruction by allowing the dumping of toxic waste from a copper mine into the Repparfjord Arctic fjord, reports Naturvernforbundet/Friends of the Earth Norway.
Representatives of the more than half a million EU citizens who signed the #NatureAlert campaign, flanked by giant animals, handed over a colourful 'cheque' to EU Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella this morning, calling on him to save and enforce vital EU nature protection laws.
After a ten-year wait, citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina are celebrating after plans for two large hydro power plants in the north of the country were quietly cancelled – allowing the Vrbas River and its nature to flow untrammeled.
There has been mass public opposition and protests against the project since the government of the Republika Srpska (RS) administrative entity signed concession agreements with the company HES Vrbas for the plants in 2004.
Europe is failing to halt irreversible biodiversity loss, and must take bold action to defend nature and reduce the damage from industrial farming, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.
At a press conference held today at Banja Luka, representatives of Friends of the Earth Europe – the largest grassroots environmental network in Europe, Centar za životnu sredinu/ Friends of the Earth Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Zelena akcija/Friends of the Earth Croatia called on the regional government to meaningfully protect Sutjeska National park, a unique pearl of the European landscape that is threatened by planned hydropower plants.