Les Amis de la Terre France is a federation of grassroots local associations campaigning for the environment and for sustainable societies. Les Amis de la Terre France is member of Friends of the Earth International.
BankTrack launched the Paris Pledge campaign in the summer of 2015, calling on all banks to end coal financing ahead of the crucial Paris climate summit in December that year. By the time of the summit, 169 organisations and more than 10,000 individuals around the world had supported the pledge, all sending one simple message to banks: It is time to quit coal. In total, 21 small and ethical banks signed up to the Paris Pledge - all reaffirming their commitment to stay away from coal financing in any shape or form. Nine international banks also took their first steps out of coal over the course of the campaign, although these fell short of the pledge needed to quit coal entirely.
Three French banks refuse to finance Galilee Basin projects
In April, BNP Paribas, Société Générale and Crédit Agricole all ruled out finance to coal mining projects in the Galilee Basin in Queenland, Australia. The planned new coal mine and port is expected to have devastating effects on the Great Barrier Reef, a World Heritage Site. Read more.
In April 2014 the Russian authorities announced that the planned Baltic nuclear power plant project in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, a highly controversial project opposed by the local population, has been abandoned. Friends of the Earth France, whose campaign against Société Générale's financial support for this project contributed to its suspension, welcomed the news, but remain vigilant about the involvement of French banks in the nuclear sector. Read more.
Société Générale drops out of the Alpha Coal project
After more than a year of campaigning by Les Amis de la Terre (FoE France), Bizi! and Attac France, Société Générale announced on December 5th, 2014 that it had "suspended" its advisory mandate with GVK Hancock on the Alpha Coal project, a giant coal mine + railway + port project in Australia. The official announcement came one day before the third national day of action targeting Société Générale across France. Read more.
In March 2012 the Bulgarian government officially
announced the cancellation of the Belene nuclear power project. BankTrack
members had worked to stop the project as part of an international coalition
since 2006, when Western potential investors and financiers were approached for
the project. In 2010 BNP
Paribas withdrew from the project after years of campaigning by Les Amis de
la Terre and others. Other banks which came under pressure to stay out of the
project included Deutsche Bank, UniCredit, Citi and HSBC.
A coalition of European NGOs teamed up in 2007
in an attempt
to block the financing of the Ilisu dam project by
Swiss, German and Austrian Export Credit Agencies (ECAs) as well as private
banks. The same year, the coalition scored a first victory as Zuercher
Kantonalbank withdrew 100m Euros
of finance. In 2008, the
national governments of Germany, Austria and Switzerland withdrew support for the dam, as Turkey was ignoring
international standards. Faced with this, the three remaining international
banks financing the project withdrew in 2009. The following year, Akbank announced that it would
not fund similar projects in the future. Sadly, the construction of Ilisu continues until today.
Based on Les Amis de la Terre main reports on private finance, this website presents profiles of French financial institutions and aims at awareness of social and environmental impacts. It includes a web calculator, for individuals, to evaluate the carbon weight of their savings, and to show how to reduce it by changing their choice of banks and savings products.
Radio Munda Real interview of Paul Corbit Brown, from the Keepers of the Mountain Foundation
Friends of the Earth France are together with Action Aid France and CRID for the seventh year in 2014 organizing the “Sustainable Development Pinocchio Awards” and has nominated the company “Crédit Agricole” as one of the three companies in the category ”One for all, all for me!” – a category that is awarded to the company that has the most aggressive policy in terms of land grabbing, exploitation or destruction of natural resources. Crédit Agricole has been nominated for its financing of the destruction of the Appalachians Mountains.
Action Stop Plomin C au Crédit Agricole - Reportage de AlterJT #67
Sep 16, 2015 - TV report on the action organised in Paris on September 10, 2015 by Friends of the Earth France on Credit Agricole involvement in the Plomin C coal power plant project in Croatia.
French bank urged to stop investing in coal
Jun 21, 2014 - On June 2nd, 2014, in France, activists brought the polluting reality of French bank Société Générale's investments in coal to their doorstep - by dumping 1.8 tonnes of coal outside their headquarters in Bayonne.
Financialization of Nature
Jun 27, 2012 - Short animated film about the takeover of nature by financial markets and the real alternatives coming up from the civil society. An initiative of SOMO, European Attac Network, Food&Water Europe, Friends of Earth, Amis de la Terre, Carbon Trade Watch, WEED, Ecologistas en Acción, Aitec and Campagna per la riforma della Banca Mondiale.
The banks are ours ! G20 - Nice - nov. 2010
Jan 18, 2012 -
Jan 18, 2012 -
Yann Louvel about Les Amis de la Terre and BankTrack
May 19, 2010 - Video shot during the BankTrack annual meeting in Zuerich, January 2010.
A: Still waters, deep trouble; how Equator bank commitments sink in Lao dams
Nov 11, 2009 - This video shows how the Theun Hinboun Expansion Project in Laos is threatening the livelihoods of more than 50.000 local people.
Banking in the Shadows .. a Trip to Jersey
Sep 07, 2009 - The British Channel Island of Jersey is a major European tax haven.
In March 2009, European activists visited Jersey to expose how tax havens affect the lives of ordinary people around the world.