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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

93 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

dianahall39

Donor

Rating: 5

I donate to this dedicated environmental organization, they are focused on the issues.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I agree with their efforts to preserve and protect the environment

Donor

Rating: 5

"Friends of the Earth" is great because it stays on top of many issues that relate to the health and livability of the planet. They sponsor many petitions which deal with environmental health.

Susanfong

Donor

Rating: 5

Friends of the Earth gives voice to people who care about our environment. They closely monitor the environmental policies of our government and of corporations. They create petitions for people to sign which oppose bad environmental policies. Then Friends of the Earth submits those petitions to the source of the bad policies. They are tireless in their efforts to defend and protect our environment. They also provide a vehicle for people to support pro-environmental political candidates. They are an excellent nonprofit organization!

Donor

Rating: 5

Friends of the Earth make my heart-felt passion of trying to do something about our environment, our beautiful water and land and animals and life within nature, which we all share, a daily reminder, a daily dose of Do Something! I have small donations automatically taken out monthly, and sign petitions almost daily, and contribute more when I have the funds to do so. I feel better knowing they are taking action for me, because I am disabled and unable to march and protest, when I actually want to. I want to help, because without water, clean air, wildlife, safety for our children, and their children, what is left? anishinaabe-bimaadizi vai s/he lives the Indian way

Bernard M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a supporter of FoE. I believe that Global Warming will be the death of most of us if continued. Most Governments do too little to stave this off. I want more to understand this. The majority of folk seem not to understand their own role in reducing their own carbon footprint eg reducing meat consumption, recycling all they can do, Using the other side of a discarded sheet for printing things that have no reason to object to rubbish on the back for example, Giving to others such paper waste for reuse. A significant number of us put every bit of rubbish in their black bin because they cannot bother to re-cycle. Many do not have a compost heap that keeps carbon from becoming CO2. Do not burn rubbish again keeping carbon bound
Having solar and heat panels on the roof to reduce fossil fuel based electricity down.
I support FoE for such reasons
I had a pollution monitor at my roadside tree for two weeks to urge pollution reduction.


Donor

Rating: 5

With so many environmental and civil rights issues needing urgent attention its hard to know where to turn and what to do. Friends of the Earth puts it all together for me. I know any support I offer is put to the best use and that FOE staff will be doing the hard work of protecting all that I love and cherish.

Donor

Rating: 5

Friends of the Earth stands for and fights for all the things I hold dear to my heart - the Earth, her waters, her four-legged people, standing people, flying people, the air that surrounds her, and the ground that rests upon her mantle.
I have trusted Friends of the Earth for years to fight for my heart's interests. And I will continue to do so.

Alice J.

Donor

Rating: 5

i have been involved since I first heard of this group, Friends of the Earth. Their daily updates and petitions to try and save our planet is so very commendable

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a result of the Friends of the Earth very effective campaign to save bees, I planted a large pollinator garden last year. This had many side effects in addition to hosting bees and butterflies. Another effect was that I became a dedicated gardener, and I must say that gardening is a very effective stress reducer and a wonderful way to exercise my 83 year old body. Weeding and planting and digging and lugging soil around and composting and shredding beat any exercise class I've ever been in. Yet another effect was noticing how climate change has had an effect on plants. In this, my second year of the garden, nearly every plant bloomed later than was expected, thus the pollinators had less time this summer to pollinate. I checked with a master gardener who said that the blooming season was indeed later than usual this year. Gardeners notice changes and this can be useful all around. I am grateful to Friends of the Earth for bringing attention to the plight of bees and all of their other good work at a time when we need it most.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is so important to love, and save the earth and all that live in and on it. I feel that Friends of the Earth does just that. It is a pleasure to donate to this charitable org. They do what they can and in turn I try to do what I can.

Christine.202

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Friends of the Earth for years. Our shared commitment to respecting the Sacredness of All Life assists my Heart in remaining peace filled. We are all in this together. Let us rise and Be the open Heart our sweet, sweet Earth longs for.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When Friends of the Earth (FoE) endorsed Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Presidential Primary Election, I was convinced of FoE's steadfast advocacy for our health and the environment. As a member, I have appreciated the opportunities to participate in online activism and contribute to some of the many victories and continuing campaigns. However, I would like to meet other members in person, but haven't had an opportunity to do so.

Frix S.

Donor

Rating: 5

Sure it's easy to click on stars but the thing that matters the most is of course the ability to make a true effect on this planet. Friends of the Earth is a perfect amalgam of environment vs politics and treats them equally as important. And the reason I fund them is due to the fact that they are genuine they move and shake things to get a positive objective and they really care about people and this planet. They are not afraid to step up to and ask to step off big oil, and of course the train wreck that is trump. They are valuable assets to the preservation of this life and the people who exist here. They are worth so much more but speaking personally I give as much as I can to movements that I have tangible evidence make a difference. This is a very deserving and empathic group. It 's my honor to help them.

Donor

Rating: 5


Friends of the Earth alerts me with important information on vital environmental issues and their political factors that enable me to confidently take action with my legislators. I admire and have supported their essential work without reservation -- until my ability to donate to them and other related caused recently became exhausted -- but I hope to renew donations before long. Stan McDonald, Sherborn, MA. Age 83.

Donor

Rating: 2

I really like the work Friends of the Earth does to try to save this planet. I did not realize until recently that they were part of/connected with the Democratic party. For that reason, they fall below expectations. If they were an independent environmental action group I would have more faith in them.

Both parties in this Country take money from the fossil fuel industry, which puts us in a sad state of affairs. If the Democratic party divested from and did not accept money from the fossil fuel industry, I would have a better view of this organization.

Bartley D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What can I say? This group is working to protect our precious Mother Earth and doing a good job of it. The current government administration is trying to destroy this planet for profit and Friends of the Earth are fighting back. Thank you for your care.

Writer

Donor

Rating: 5

I receive emails from Friends of the Earth regularly. I'm happy to sign their petitions aimed at protecting the planet. They keep track of current issues around the world that could impact the environment, pollinators like bees, our air & water. They are an organization doing good & deserve recognition for their efforts while the Trump administration seeks to destroy it all. I'm happy to donate & support them.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so grateful to Friends of the Earth for bringing the diminishing honey bee (and other pollinators) to the forefront! In MD we are fighting to have neonicinotides (sp) banned. ME Friends of the Earth helped with this campaign. We did not get this Bee Killer banned, but we did get plants using this pesticide labeled. The fight to ban it completely continues...
Sharon

Donor

Rating: 4

I support Friends of the Earth because they stand up to the wrong and detrimental policies of this current administration. Bees are what provide us with food, clean air and energy programs help keep our lungs clean and all their programs are to assist our environment to allow us better lives.

charmorton1

Donor

Rating: 5

Friends of the Earth work hard to keep citizens informed about ecological and social problems by using social media. Friends of the Earth also collect signatures of concern people to help protect the environment and go after perpetrators.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Friends of the Earth are committed to saving our natural world. Nothing can be more important for our environment than keeping it safe. Friends of the Earth are proactive and genuinely care for our natural environment and opposed to forces that dangerous to it.

jdmcclure

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization, I depend on Friends notices re many essential environmental actions.
Thanks for your good work.

Stefan van den H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It will be desastreus without you!!!
e.g. basing the econoimy on the modus of sharing is the only choice for the future (To stop destruction of things/nature and people with no voice) The gift-economy just like mother earth and the sun do!! Remember that it is nature that sustains the economy and NOT i repeat NOT money!! It is good to realise that an economy can be run without money. (The One)

Donor

Rating: 5

For years I have been donating monthly what I am able as a mostly retired attorney to Friends of the Earth. I donate monthly to a host of other organizations / campaigns that I find equally valuable in the effort to stop / slow the entrenchment of fascist nationalism in the United States and to stop / slow Earth's sixth mass extinction episode, which is already in progress. https://www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1704949114

I appreciate the "click and sign" messages FOE creates. I appreciate FOE being on top of environmental (I also have a BS in biology, magna cum laude Phi Beta Kappa) and crucial political issues.

I am a friend of this threatened Earth and I love Friends of the Earth.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Friends of the Earth protect our planet and all of us who call it home.

Standing up to Donald Trump and his administration protects our planet -- and all of us.

Fighting for the future of our food system protects our planet -- and all of us.

Defending our environmental protections from Big Oil’s cronies in Congress protects our planet -- and all of us.

I love Mother Earth. I love all of us who love Mother Earth.

Donor

Rating: 5

Represents my passion to preserve our precious natural resources from being plundered for the 'interests of a few'- rather theirs is a pathway we can all join into being a large movement to protect 'the good of the whole'. Thank you, Friends of the Earth ....I will continue to feel I'm contributing to mankind....for future generations.

Nolen B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I depend on Friends of the Earth to keep me abreast of the dangerous situations we are facing on our planet, affecting all life, not just humans. And they have petitions that they prepare for you. All you have to do is tap.

Tobi T.

Donor

Rating: 4

This organization stays up with all the important issues and takes action to do something. I have been very impressed with the consistent and up-to-date action.

Donor

Rating: 5

When I am referred to as a "tree huger", I accept it. I scuba dived for more than 30 years. I have flown small planes over every state from Maine to Florida. I fly over Maryland's Eastern Shore almost every week. I have watched our environment slowly decay. I have seen the reefs die, and stopped diving. I have seen pollution in the Chesapeake Bay and along several of it's tributaries. Friends of the Earth supports all the things that I value. The only thing that I might suggest they mention, is the cause of all these problems: over population.

Donor

Rating: 5

Friends of the Earth are consistently rigorous in their watchdog role for our precious environment. They advocate responsibly and keep supporters well-informed about their work. I'm proud to be a donor!

Mary Ann Huckabay

Donor

Rating: 5

I usually check out an organization before I'll support it. Friends of the Earth is working hard to keep, as best they can, the industrialists from destroying Earth entirely. It's a daunting task. The Trump administration is assaulting the already dismal regulations head on and will usher in a new wave of destruction in unmitigated fashion. Earth is our only home. Industrial capitalism has laid waste to vast swathes of Earth and threatens humankind itself along with numerious other amazing species. They're(FotE) one of the best to fight the system destroying all life on Earth.

Curt B.1

Donor

Rating: 5

An amazing organization that supports and defends climate justice, civil rights, animal welfare and so much more. I am a proud donor and an active in their on-line calls to action.

Donor

Rating: 5

Friends of the Earth is in all comprehensive nonprofit. While they focused originally on the issue of pollinators and saving bees, they have grown and expanded to incorporate all forms of Environmental justice. Additionally, they understand that a person has to get involved politically to make change. I really recommend this nonprofit highly because they have grown along with the challenge and need and understand that a single focus is not what is needed now in these extremely troubling and difficult times.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have found that Friends of the Earth is in the forefront of the environmental movement. They are among the first to disseminate what is going on locally, nationally and internationally. Their information is always correct. They are responsible as well seeing that donations are used to support their actions. I am proud to be a member.

Paul C.2

Volunteer

Rating: 4

These guys are on top of every cynical, money-grubbing attempt by the current administration to degrade, pollute, or sell off our public lands.

Donor

Rating: 5

Friends of the Earth is a reputable charity, commended by environmentalists and indigenous groups. It is most involved with the viability of our bee population, native wildlife and flora. It has stood its ground in promulgating the truth about failures in government and leadership, locally and federally. It is a trusted source of information for me.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Brings attention to environmental and animal welfare concerns that need to be addressed.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Friends of the earth are on target to cover issues that are extremely important to our planet.
I have been satisfied and encouraged by all the actions offered whether it be donation requests, signing petitions, or calling senators/ members of congress, large corporations, even the president. I am hopeful thru all our work our voice is being heard.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a grandmother of two wonderful grandsons! They know, from me, how important it is to protect the environment. Every chance possible, I create a teachable moment. Friends of the Earth helps me do this by keeping me informed!
Because I have “ fewer tomorrows than yesterday’s”, I want those boys to have an environment that is safe, productive, and beautiful!

Donor

Rating: 5

What got me interested in Friends of the Earth is their name. This is an international group of caring people who deal with social, political and human rights issues and in those contexts. To quote wikipedia, this group is active in : " protecting human and environmental rights
protecting the planet's disappearing biodiversity, and the repayment of ecological debt owed by rich countries to those they have exploited." Contributing to this organization is contributing to the future of the planet and all of the people and biodiversity in a way that is sustainable and respectful.

Donor

Rating: 4

I support every organization that stands for quality of life for peolpe, animals, plants, bees of course - without bees we are lost! - and whatever else you can think of that we cannot miss here on earth!
And as long as |I can pay for them - I am 78 years old and have just a small pension, but |I still work with the nutrition of Herbalife - what means, as long as I can continue working, I will continue to support them.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Keep me well informed as to political issues potentially impacting the environment.

Donor

Rating: 5

Friends of the Earth does yoeman's work on behalf of our Earth. It is vital that each of us has clean water, clean air, and soil free of toxic material that damages water tables, acquifiers, and makes raising crops in that polluted soil very unhealthy for man and beast. The UN Climate Rpt tells us clearly that we must change our destructive habits...for own good and that of our children and grandchildren.

Catherine D.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Without Friend of the Earth, it would be harder for us to fight factions that want to destroy our forests, oceans, air and water. Our wildlife is precious and there are many in Congress who want to eliminate all protections for them. Support Friends of the Earth and other wonderful organizations in the U.S. We are lucky to have them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Friends of the Earth advocates for the Earth and all that inhabit it. Their campaigns target the large issues that affect entire ecosystems and their inhabitants, including indigenous people. They are absolutely committed to a healthy environment, environmental justice and the public good.

Friends of the Earth has a 40 year history of environmental justice and successful campaigns that protect our public health. Their invitations to action are thoughtfully prepared and go beyond asking supporters to sign a petition or say they support a cause. Instead we are given opportunities to send a well reasoned letter, or create our own, on issues that are relevant to our country's future and individuals' day to day lives.

Through Friends of the Earth I am partnering with professionals whose passions match my own, to make the world more livable, humane and just.

jhpariseau32

Donor

Rating: 5

I believe in Friends of the Earth and the work they do to preserve our home on this world.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I really appreciate the opportunity to be associated with Friends of the Earth. Their e-mails seem to hit the right topic at the right time. I like having a tool to express my opinions on such a wide variety topics that Friends offers. We all have to work harder these days to RESIST and come together to save what's home to all of us, Mother Earth. Not only for ourselves, but for our children and our children's children. None of us are alone, and none of us will have a second chance!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They take on very important environmental issues, do their homework, and engage in informed citizen advocacy -- and have done so for many years.

Donor

Rating: 5

Friends of Earth are a wonderful charity! They are the only ones who saw the value of the Bernie movement for the environment as well as the working people!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I was impressed with this organization because they work on many environmental and
social issues and offer petitions for us to sign frequently, thus keeping us informed of current developments which may have dangerous consequences for our planet and for us. And of course they partner with like minded non-profits to get the job done. Did you know they work in 75 countries altogether and have been doing good for 45 years?

Support this organization monetarily if you can!

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization shows it's concern for the things that I hold in high priority. I get an email from the almost everyday, asking me to sign a petition, or call someone. I do not donate to very many organizations. I don't like the way they spend their money. But this one appears to be worthy.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great organization! They care about the planet! They want to save the environment and all wildlife .

Christine147

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are All Earth Stewards and I AM grateful that Friends of the Earth recognizes this Truth and devotes passionate service to protecting and respecting our amazing diverse living planet named "Earth". As a species we need to wake up, grow up, show up and clean up. Thank you Friends of the Earth for Being leaders in this movement I deeply honor and respect your Service to our Mother Earth.

Donor

Rating: 5

One of the finest nonprofit advocacy organizations on the planet. Always in the forefront of every crucial environmental battle.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am particularly impressed with the Friends of the Earth stance on protecting bees. I kept bees for several years, and was a major factor in persuading the Alamogordo, NM, city commission to allow bee-keeping within the city limits. Bees are essential to life on Earth.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Friends of the Earth is on the frontline of care for our planet Earth. Remember, we only hae one, though we behave as if there were innumerable Earths from which to draw natural resources. Friends of the Earth gets us back on track.

Donor

Rating: 5

Friends of the earth keeps me up to date on all of the recent issues that are very important. I am always glad to sign petitions or to donate to the causes they bring to my attention. I am very glad for organizations like this because our environment is constantly under attack!

Donor

Rating: 5

I started donating quite a while ago. They do excellent work and are dedicated to working on and fixing the problems we face. This in my opinion is money well spent. Keep up the great work

Donor

Rating: 5

Friends of the Earth focuses on critical issues, and can be counted on to fight the good fight when it counts. From Climate Change to specific threats like bee-killing pesticides, they are at the forefront of the big environmental issues. What's next? Taking on the cattle industry, I hope!

Donor

Rating: 5

Outstanding organization that keeps us informed, warning us of damaging proposals, urging action where we can help be effective protectors of our environment. Worthy of support!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I totally support Friends of the Earth for all the work they do. I do not want to see our Earth destroyed piece by piece by people who have no regard for its well-being. I want the bees to survive as we need them more that a lot of people realize. You can't destroy living beings, etc. for your own gain - what about the future for others?

Donor

Rating: 5

Friends of the Earth has been sending me informative updates for a few months. I learned about the bee crisis & Bayer & Monsanto's bee killing pesticides through them. I consider them worth supporting when I can.

Donor

Rating: 5

Friends of the Earth is an amazing organization, promoting awareness, protecting people, our food, water, pollinators, battling to keep fossil fuels in the Earth and holding governments and corporations accountable. Who really knew that Bees pollinate 70% of our crops? Who knew that my retirement system was using my money to invest Palm Oil, which is responsible for driving tropical deforestation and climate change? - This is why I am a member of FOE. I also really enjoy the Victory Updates and I share them with everyone I know, to show others that together, we can make a difference by supporting Friends of the Earth. I am so glad to be a member of this amazing organization. Through membership, I have learned much about the world around me - and the need is great! Together with Friends of the Earth, we do make a difference. The Earth needs Friends!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Friends of the Earth is my absolute favorite nonprofit because they are willing to fight globally for a world that puts people and planet above corporate profit. They fight for fair trade, clean water, and climate justice.

Donor

Rating: 5

Friends of the Earth is a hardworking non profit which I support wholeheartedly. Its values in terms of taking care of the Earth are strong and principled.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's not a political thing to want to reduce, to minimize and to have a goal of no pollution, and to drive the world economy with clean growth and clean jobs by researching and growing multiple methods of the sustainable production of energy. However, many world leaders, including our own, are choosing to ignore the need, the possibility and the responsibility of aggressively encouraging, funding and ushering in a whole new era of a cleaner existence for life on Earth. Friends of the Earth is one of several nonprofit organizations that focuses all of its' substantial recourses on issues and situations that are contrary to reducing and eventually eliminating the causes and effects of pollution. It is a no brainer to support their activities.