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Causes: Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Pollution Abatement & Control

Mission: Friends of the Earth fights to defend the environment and champion a healthy and just world. We are the U.S. voice of the world’s largest federation of grassroots environmental groups, with a presence in 75 countries. To accomplish our mission, Friends of the Earth is working at the nexus of environmental protection, economic policy and social justice to fundamentally transform the way our country and the world value people and the environment.

Results: For a relatively small organization, Friends of the Earth has an impressive legacy. Through our more than 45-year history, we have provided crucial leadership in work that resulted in landmark environmental laws, precedent-setting legal victories and the exposure of political and corporate malfeasance. Recent accomplishments • Keeping fossil fuels in the ground. In early 2016, we won a major victory in our campaign to keep fossil fuels in the ground when the Obama administration announced it is putting a moratorium on new coal leasing on public lands. This big win will help keep our public lands safe from fossil fuel extraction and could signal a new era of putting the American people ahead of fossil fuel industry profits. • Blocking approval of a dangerous pipeline. Friends of the Earth led the effort to expose corruption and pro-oil bias in the State Department’s review of the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline. Our work (and that of allies) generated pressure on the Obama administration, forcing it to hit the reset button in 2012 and order a new review of the pipeline’s potential environmental impacts. As of January 2016, President Obama had denied the permit for the pipeline to proceed. • Keeping GMO seafood off grocery store shelves. Thanks to work from Friends of the Earth and allies, more than 60 major grocery store chains, including Safeway, Kroger and Whole Foods, have made commitments not to sell genetically engineered salmon. Together the companies comprise 9,000 individual stores across the country. • Reducing air pollution from ships. In August 2012, after working for nearly a decade to reduce air pollution from ships, we were rewarded for our efforts when the Emission Control Area (ECA) went into effect for North America. The EPA expects the reduction in smog created by the new rule to improve the health of people living near the coasts and save thousands of lives. Since then, we have worked to strengthen and protect the ECA by intervening in the state of Alaska’s attempt to challenge the rule. • Opposing the first GMO apple. In 2013, thanks to our campaign against the GMO apple, McDonald's and Gerber have confirmed that they have no plans to sell or use it. The Arctic Apple® would be the first GMO apple on the market. • Forcing climate impacts to be considered when the government lends money. In early 2012, we successfully held a World Bank proposal at bay to exempt a new lending program from 25 social and environmental safeguards and policies. As a result of our advocacy, and that of our allies, today, projects with the highest social and environment risk are excluded from this new program. • Protecting Puget Sound from ship dumping. In 2012, we achieved a ban on cruise ships dumping wastewater while docked at the Port of Seattle. The ban will protect the people and marine habitats of Puget Sound.

Programs: Outreach & membership program - the 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 donors), monthly 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.

climate & energy - the climate & energy team promotes clean energy and conservation and fights to end our dependence on dirty, harmful sources of energy including coal, oil, nuclear, and biofuels. Current campaigns seek to prevent the extraction of tar sands oil and its transport through the u. S. , to phase out our use of dangerous nuclear reactors, and to end federal incentives for the production of corn ethanol and other biofuels that raise food prices while harming the environment.

economic policy - also known as "economics for the earth," the 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 fiscal year 2014, the team engaged in efforts 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, forests and finance, and its work to challenge forest carbon offsets.

Community Stories

165 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The service gives you a wide range of important issues and helps you get the message going thought.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Friends of the earth have always been there to give good advice

Patrick T.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I appreciate that F.OE. directs its actions and my donation dollars to specific, tangible environmental threats and pending Legislation or existing policies. So any actions taken can be seen when they are effective.
My experience volunteering in a local action was very positive! During a Congressional recess we delivered Petitions to US Senators offices here in Boston. The event coordinator was very good in communicating our meeting time & place & coordinating w/other volunteers. He did a great job in lousy, rainy weather leading a handful of us around to the MA Senators' offices in downtown Boston. I got the email replies from Sen.s Markey & Warren so I knew our rainy lunch-hour trek downtown was noticed a bit!

Caz N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The activities make me feel a vital part in protecting our Environment.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a part of FOE for several years now, and I'm proud of the good work that they've done.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of Friends of the Earth for the past 3 years now. Although I cannot be a member of this wonderful organization, I support them occasionally. This organization has the same beliefs as I do whether it's fighting climate change, saving bees and other endangered species from extinction, trying to rid the world of dangerous toxic chemical or pesticides that could do harm to humans, wildlife, and insects, or standing up for other injustices to people this organization will fight for you and they are committed to the cause. I have advocated sided by side with Friends of the Earth on many occasions and they really care about our planet and always take bold and robust action and steps when necessary. This organization is someone you can always count on and will always have your back. I am proud to be a supporter of this organization.

Sincerely,
Halle L

1 Jim S.13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

Needs to stop copy-and-pasting the same money asks every day.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

we need this organization to help stop those who are destroying our olanet

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I believe that this organization really goes above and beyond to uncover the atrocities that plague our society and others around the world. I make an effort to sign petitions and donate when I can, but nevertheless, it seems that the very same problems persist despite all the people these petitions reach, signatures given, and donations made. I have to have faith that all of this work will bring changes, but it's so difficult to see at this point. What a sad situation we are in, and its even more horrible that everyone is not on board! I really hope that humanity changes its collective views and attitudes toward our environment, air, water, fellow creatures, and mental health (which, it seems, is key), and it's more likely with this non-profit organization bringing these issues to the right places for examination. Thanks so much to everyone involved for all the hard work and attention to details.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Friends of the Earth is a wonderful charity. I always look forward to signing their petitions, knowing that the work they do is invaluable. I hope they can continue great works with the support of their loyal followers.

Marla S.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Any petition by Friends of the Earth, I sign! I support FOE completely.

I wish everyone knew about FOE! As a life-long animal lover, & environmentalist, social-justice advocate.....I'm forever grateful to FOE!

Keep up your GREAT work! Let's save Mother Earth, together!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kids and adult teenagers and kids with disabilities should be allowed to get married and kids with down syndrome should be allowed to get married and kids with autism should be allowed to get married and kids with cancer and other sicknesses and kids in wheel chairs should be allowed to get married and kids to get married with law permission and adults permission too

Gloria Ines Loaiza M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Congratulations Friends of the earth: you have been my inspiration to work with my SENA - students-Bogotá in taking care of the environment.

Thank you very much.

Sincerely:Gloria Loaiza M.
English tutor- Sena-Bogotá-Colombia.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am very happy to have discovered this nonprofit organization. Their commitment to saving our environment is awesome. I particularly support their efforts on behalf of the bees and other endangered pollinators.

Donor

Rating: 4

I have always been in love with fauna and flora. Since very young I have this connection with all creatures perhaps because my grandmother came from a rural farm own by her parents before she moved to the city in the 1940's Basque country and she had a passion for birds that she rescued and it didn't matter if were making a mess in the house because the love for them was bigger and more important, though I have to admit wasps from Spain and spiders did scared me until I educated myself and realise all creatures, not matter which one, have an important mission and role in this planet and the more diversity the healthier, stronger and sustainable will be the ecosystem of the world but sadly if we don't change we could loose that.

If we want to maintain live in earth, we need to start thinking more consciously when it comes to the state of the planet. Why desertification is growing and the answer seems simple, humans are using too many resources from natural habitats and we aren't giving back to nature to valance the act, no living ecologically in the way we have engineer our homes and structures which are separating us from nature. The thought that God will provide for us is true only if we respect and start giving what we take so this way many other generations could enjoy this beautiful planet, which is our only true home and can't no longer be mistreated like we do because is a path for self destruction.

Endless consumerism, irresponsible use of resources and energy, miss management of the land and farms need to be reform in a kinder way for a beautiful world which is going to be a tough as our lives have to become really different, a change to the right direction to be in touch with our spiritual side that makes us happy and harmonious with in the natural world and not get separate from the truth.

This issue is very important to me because I have a son which years back I joked with him by asking where all the children have gone? perhaps they have turn into night creatures but sadly his generation seems they've lost that curiosity and enthusiasm with the natural world, lucky my son is been homeschooled and we have a lot of time being outside enjoying the time for observing and studding nature which he loves when he is in the outdoors with also very few friends but its sad to see many of his peers no longer we seeing playing freely in the outdoors, as in my generation, instead computer games and phones are been replace which we must fightback for the love of humanity and the planet.

Octavio Cruz G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Friends of the Earth your work its very necessary for the rest of the world

Max W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Friends of the Earth have been active for a long time and have made a precise impact. We all have to be grateful these organisations exist and that there are conscientious and humble and courageous humans on earth, and we have to multiply…NOW more than ever before.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Their work is remarkable, they are really the Friends of Earth, they fight to keep her for new generations!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Absolutely amazing company that is solely based on supporting people & planet for the benefit & protection of all.

Manuel S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am happy to give online support. I think Friends of Earth will help in protecting our environment.

Jami G.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Friends of the Earth highlights critical issues and creates an easy path forward for citizen advocates to provide vital feedback to influence public policy.

Lorna M.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I happen to love bees. I grow lavender for them, don't allow my husband to spray the trees and now he gets as much enjoyment out of our noisy visitors as I do.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

FOE is a great environmental advocacy organization !!

Maureen32

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Friends of the Earth gets things done. They know whose buttons to press! Whenever I sign their petitions, offer my small donation, I feel like I'm actually making a difference!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They take on the important issues repeatedly and I am glad to sign the petitions and make the donations that I can. These people have been at it for years!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The emails are about topics that I am interested in and care about.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I know this organization does good work but when I’ve written to them I never get a response. It is upsetting to see poor communications.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Friends of the earth is an environmental organization that is focused: saving the bees has been a major push; without pollinators life on this planet will end, and that is not an exaggeration. They are also working very hard to push back against fossil fuels, which are destroying our planet. We have clean alternatives that could be in place at a much larger scale, but as always, private interests are involved. They aren't extremists, just diligent people working daily to promote wise, long-term practices. Give their next email a quick read. And by the way, once you've entered your signature info it's saved, so all you have to do is click to support future efforts in this very important work. PLEASE do. It takes so little effort but can have such an impact.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Many people want to help heal the environment, but few actually take the time and make the effort to do it. "Friends of the Earth" doesn't let up in their efforts to clean up and save the environment for everyone. It's only with such perseverance that anything positive will ever be accomplished.

Heather M.16

Donor

Rating: 5

Friends of the Earth really does care and proceeds help this non profit org save our planet and lives that were meant to thrive on it! Please help us in this fight to save our beautiful planet and all that live on it!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Friends of the Earth is the only voice for the people trying to protect our natural resources from big corporations that want to cut costs by polluting our environment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been a pleasure and honor to help in regard to many of addresses to problems that we must confront both here in America, and abroad. Please continue your work. Greatly admire the organizations commit and drive.

Myra K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I rely on Friends to keep me up to date on the impact of environmental issues. It is easy to use there web site to connect with my lawmakers. I would recommend following this effective environmental organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been very impressed with the causes that Friends of the Earth takes on. I have signed petitions and donated.
I feel assured that they are working for the same interests that I believe in.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Friends of the Earth care about where we live and so do I. The earth we live on is important for us as humans to take care of for our daily life’s but also for all of the animals on this earth.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member of friends of the Earth for more than a decade. I absolutely love they work they do for our planet and I support them with money anytime I can. Outside of this I recycle at both of my gyms and my house.

Donor

Rating: 5

Friends of the Earth keeps me informed about the unrelenting environmental challenges we & our world faces daily. Because of them, I'm given opportunities to support the best environmental policies, advocate for them, and help others understand the seriousness of global warming.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I enjoy then being around animals but I also love being around the trees and everything cuz it helps us breathe and I understand and I do love when y'all do have the time to send me stickers and all that I always get passing out to my grandchildren and it's always nice to show them you know who they're from and what it's about cuz it shows them how much their grandmother cares and how curiosity and all that comes from

Robert M.14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everyone should listen to young leaders like Greta Thunberg, Who has the right amount of Passion, understanding, and courage to stand up against lazy, liar, driven politicians and industrialist which have no interest in protecting our environment from climate change, plastics in the oceans, pollution of the air, water, food, they don't care about tomorrow or the children who will inherent the world left behind. Their future is in jeopardy if we, nation fail to act and act now to change the path we are going or their will be no future for them so we should listen to people with courage like Greta, standing up for all humanity to save the planet and us from those who just want to satisfy their own greed., and not our future.

Liberal4Animals

Donor

Rating: 5

Appreciate Friends of the Earth standing up for the environment and taking action against polluting companies, pipelines, fracking, mining, etc. Highly recommend this website and if you care about the environment, please sign their petitions and donate as any amount helps!

Heidi W.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Always on the edge the make the planet a better place

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of the few nonprofits that truly make a difference and, don’t make you feel bad for not being able to donate. Please join in supporting this nonprofit they are worth working with.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

This organization has petitions that are to the point and fight against those that are ignoring or furthering the climate and biodiversity crises. They don't send too many emails and help me feel like I have a voice against some of the heartless, unsensible acts that some of us humans do.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

As a spiritual person I follow the teaching our natural surroundings have to offer me. Let's face it, we only have one planet. We are all in this life together. We are all connected to one another and to our world. I have noticed what the changes in our climate have brought. Please please change your actions to cause no harm to Mother Earth.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The 7th generation deserves to have an environment that is clean and a natural environment full of varied species and flora.
There have been countless extinctions just in my lifetime. At this rate the 7th generation will have nothing but a polluted mess and only pictures of the past.
For those who do not know who the 7th generation is it is your great grandchild's great grandchild.
I support Friends of the Earth for them, the 7th generation. You should too. They are the future and we in the present should base our consumption with their needs in mind.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

What can I say? Friends of the Earth are exactly what it says on the box, friends and supporters of the only Earth we've got, and the sort of people that we all need if our world is to survive into the next century.
For over two centuries humans have been mistreating and abusing our earth and over-using its bounty, and the earth has had enough. We are almost at the point of no return and if we are to leave a planet upon which our great-grandchildren and their descendants can survive we need organisations such as Friends of the Earth as a rallying point round which we can gather and co-ordinate our fight for our only earth's survival.
It's no use turning to Governments, if they are like ours they are either totally uncaring about any life beyond their own, or they falsely believe their wealth and status will protect them while our children are destroyed around them.
Which is why I believe in this organisation and support them, and will do so till we finally have an earth upon which our future generations will be able to live.

Keith R.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

can support every initiative as much as many would like to. But just pick one or two. For my part I am a beekeeper and love the sweet fringe benefits. In addition I support cleaner oceans donating and collecting donations on my birthday(June 22) every year. In so doing I am supporting a ban on ocean dumping recognizing that we can recycle/re-purpose just about everything. Further recycling plastics protects our air from harmful pollutants released from the refinement of plastics from petroleum products etc. So, as you can see, by supporting one or two you indirectly support many facets of working for a cleaner healthier environment. Join me. Just do something.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Friends of the Earth is a great organization. They are helping to save our Planet!! I support them (as well as the Sierra Club) in protecting our National Parks and other natural resources.

Kenny Wohl
Craig, Colorado
kennywohl67@gmail.com

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am honored to have had the opportunity to participate with such a worthy cause as, Friends of the Earth. It has been incredibly rewarding to feel like I’m making a positive impact with animals, oceans, air quality, bees and so much that is dear to my heart and the well-being of all on this planet.

Advisor

Rating: 4

I began working with and representing the traditional Hopi Elders in 1981 and have represented them at the United Nations. Here is their prophecy of what we are up against, published in BOOK OF THE HOPI in 1963 when President Kennedy was desperately trying to end the Cold War: "The United States will be destroyed, land and people, by atomic bombs and radioactivity." To be followed by this from Book of Revelations: "The time has come..to destroy those destroying the Earth." This verse has reference "to the destroying of those who will be destroying this Earth with nuclear weapons..we have the capacity to destroy ecosystems on a global scale." Greta Thunberg, then, is right: "Our house is on fire.. We must change almost everything in our current societies. I don't want your hope. I don't want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act. I want you to act as if the house is on fire. Because it is."
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also predicts "our planet is going to hit disaster if we don't turn this ship around" and says the world has only "one shot" left to prevent total destruction. These two sibyls are our canaries in the mine; are we going to listen to their warning? We still have time but it grows shorter literally by the day.

Roxann H.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I spent our honeymoon in the theater to watch Al Gore's film: "An Inconvenient Truth". I have taken several environmental classes. I am aware of the Eco-System crises. Because I am an elder, and unemployed, I am not able to help financially at this time.

Sheila R.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Friends of the Earth do a great job of keeping me informed about the current environmental issues that require attention and this allows me to take action through signatures and donations and to be more aware. Many thanks for all of your hard work!

William B.7

Donor

Rating: 4

We as a species supposedly are the smartest animal on gods green earth, how in Heavens name can we do all this damage to a place where we live knowingly killing ourselves at the same time. We have to be the dumbest creature.We have all the tools necessary to fix it but there is no money in fixing the problem only creating it Horrible thank god for Friends of the Earth. May common sense save us if there is Any left

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They keep me posted in what is going on in the world .We need to stop killing the plants, animals, ect.
Clean fuels and Solar power,batteries
Can replace fossil fuels. The ocean
Is a very important resource, we all need to help our Planet. Thank you.
William A.Baker jr.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bio-diversity is dying on planet Earth. It has been recognized that this is a main pillar to the stability of the Biome of the planet. Watch the Doc with David Atenbourgh, Breaking Boundaries," for reference, therefore protecting and reestablishing environments is MANDATORY for the survival of ALL SPECIES, including the HUMANS.

John B.16

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

I do not mind being asked to contribute. I do not like being EXPECTED to contribute. I get a ton of fundraising emails. To help weed some of them out, I automatically reject an appeal if it contains my name.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I run the water system in our co-op. It is great to have contact with interested, intelligent people who don't ignore problems, but finds solutions! Thanks for all you do and share. Peace CH

Donor

Rating: 5

They are doing great work to protect our environment and pollinators. Their work to protect bees is exceptional. That is why I first got involved. And they are on the ball with helping to prevent plastics from going to our beautiful oceans. We only have one planet . It is in our best interests to protect it!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

We are at the point of no return. Our planet has resin in terms of temp by 2 degrees. If we continue to pollute the earth with our gasses, our temp will continue to rise and there will be no turning back. Our weather has become volatile, with wildfires, tornadoes, ice caps melting, drought. It is time to change from fossil fuels to alternative energy, to try to turn the tide and save our planet.

Dolores S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non profit agency is very dedicated to issues that matter to all who care about the environment, t is very active in getting signatures from the public for elected officials to protest projects that would harm our earth, and is well worth supporting.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Your efforts are appreciated so much. Keep on keepin' on! I am now taking plastic to the recycling center and using cloth bags sold by my local grocer. It's a little thing. I'm also am privileged to write an article for my Montcalm County's Commission on Aging. My article featured Let's Get Down to Earth and talked about planting, especially a container garden for the elderly. I have patio herbs, tomatoes, beans, peaches balm and butterfly bush. Another article talked about Blooming Where You're Planted and our July article is about getting out in the sun and fresh air. I'm nearly 85, believing totally in your effort.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am pleased That there is a group that is willing to stand up for the rights Of the earth.To protect. To protect the environment and the animals and humans that live in it So that we may continue to thrive. As opposed to those many may singers who said there is a no such thing as climate change.Over the 73 years of my life I have seen Get worse Not better . 1 small example would be Monarch butterflies they were everywhere if I see 1 or 2 Each summer That's the most I usually see.We need to save our planet!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been asking for bioplastics through the plant’s specific embryonic stem cell equivalents and the plant’s specific growth hormone to quickly grow plant food.
I wonder about ALL food and whether it will solve starvation.
Am I wrong and is this two ingredients to lab grow meat? If I’m wrong can they apply what they ARE doing to all life forms? I want to know if we can prevent starvation also! What is the technique?

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A premiere champion for all sustainable, environmental causes. Go FOE!!!
Dr Ann Lopez