Friends of the Earth 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.
In 2008, BankTrack supported organizations around the world in
campaigning to oppose dubious projects financed by Chinese banks, and to
pressure them to abide by the environmental standards they had set for
themselves. Through letters and publication of ‘Dodgy Deals' on BankTrack's
website, BankTrack assisted the Gabonese NGO Brainforest in convincing China
Export-Import Bank to withhold financing for the controversial Belinga Iron Ore
Mine project in Gabon. The project remains ‘on hold' indefinitely due to lack of
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Wilmar: No Land for Sale
Dec 15, 2015 - Villagers in Cross River State, Nigeria, protest land acquisitions by global palm oil company Wilmar International.
A Paradise Lost
Nov 21, 2013 - As environmental consciousness across the world intensifies, governments, corporations and financial institutions struggle to justify the devastation being inflicted to our ecosystems.
In West Kalimantan, Indonesia, a large palm oil company called Bumitama Agri is illegally destroying vast areas of rain forest including fragile Orangutan habitat and protected forest reserves, in violation of the law, the criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and their financiers’ own policies.
Oct 09, 2010 - In northern Peru, local governments, community leaders, and farmers say the proposed Rio Blanco Copper Mine would be devastating to local communities. In an area where drinking water is already scarce, pollution from the mine would be an environmental disaster for the entire region.
Oct 09, 2010 - In 2005, thousands of unarmed Peruvians peacefully protested against the Rio Blanco Copper Mine. One local resident, Cleofé Neyra, describes how she and 27 others were tortured and their struggle to defend their land and human rights.
Oct 09, 2010 - High in the cloud forest of Piura, local communities understand the importance of the area's water sources and medicinal plants. They warn the proposed Rio Blanco copper mine would be catastrophic to the fragile and pristine environment here.
Jan 13, 2010 - If the Shwe Gas Project goes ahead, it will provide the regime with up to US$ 24 billion over 20 years, and would further entrench the dictatorship. Burmas oil and gas resources are being exported while a majority of the people has no electricity. Growing anger against unjust projects and abuses against the people has led to grassroots demonstrations and could lead to expanded conflicts between affected people, the regime and foreign corporations.
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