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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

92 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.