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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

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.