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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 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.

Donor

Rating: 5

Friends of Earth champions such important causes every minute of every day that I rest easier at night knowing they are uncovering and righting injustices to our beautiful, fragile planet. They have literally dedicated their lives to protecting us and the planet wherever and whenever they can. The job must seem totally daunting, but their fortitude, nerve, and dedication never wavers.

Donor

Rating: 4

I share the mission and vision of Friends of the Earth, and they have convinced that they are able to reach them. I believe in them and their work, I give to them on a monthly basis, and I warmly recommend them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is one of my favorite sites. They frequently have state of our country petitions to various environmental issues. They make it easy to participate at a personal level. You lobos if you give them a donationit will be well used.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Friends of the Earth is a fundamental organization that supports some of the most pressing issues of our time. Their approach is not as predictable on shock balue or guilt as other leading platforms.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting Friends of the Earth for more than 20 years. As an effective protector of the planet, Friends of the Earth puts donations where they can be most effective. Funding is spent on demonstrating through popular and legal platforms, ways to support and protect our environment. RaIsing awareness of egregious threats to life on Earth, Friends of the Earth then unites with organizations with similar missions to protect vulnerable systems in a global system threatened by ignorance, poverty, and short-sighted corporate greed.

Most importantly, Friends of the Earth keeps its members and the public informed, seeking resolution go conflicts over the exploitation and use of our natural resources.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Great organization. Would like to see more interaction and joint projects with Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Center for Biodiversity etc. Too much Turfism!!!!! Not enough working together.. This is Crucial!!!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

"Friends of the Earth" says it all. If you're a living, breathing, human you were born to be a friend of the earth. I support them in everything they do, because it's all so vital.

Rachel Jeffreys
Greenville, SC

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Friends of the Earth plays a critical role in our country - promoting environmental protections on the federal and state levels. As the executive director of the Maryland Pesticide Education Network, I have worked closely with the organization's staff. Our organization is very grateful for FoE's guidance and support which helped us in our successful efforts to pass two nationally ground-breaking Maryland pollinator protection laws in 2016 and 2017. Our organization has also become more involved in federal advocacy as a result of FoE's work on the Hill.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am proud to help in whatever ways I can to get acknowledgement for wildlife and the ecosystem. Theses need to be addressed and put in the front so all can see what reckless damage can be done by those who do not, will not and just don't care - all in the name of corporate greed and money in their pockets. We must continue to fight injustice and Friends of the Earth is my pick because of their beliefs.

Donor

Rating: 5

wonderful Charity-will always have my support for Mother Earth and all creatures big and small.

1 Diane196

Donor

Rating: 5

I have signed many petitions with Friends of the Earth. They are always trying to help bees, butterflies, and many others and I sign all of their petitions. I have donated as they do good work with the money given to them.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I think this is one of the best nonprofits because they do good, honest work and I don't feel
like they are a rip-off.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Friends of the Earth is a charity that I support. Because corporations own the United States and see that judges and members of Congress will always side with the corporation. That is the way it works.

So in order to get unbiased information that might just save the Earth, consider supporting Friends of the Earth. Remember, only God can make a tree, but a corporation can ruin a forest.

1 Lynda28

Donor

Rating: 5

I give monthly to Friends of the Earth as they are as concerned as I am about our planet!!!
It is a fantastic organization dedicated to helping endangered species like bees!
Do give to them!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Friends of the Earth is a great charity that helps keep ordinary citizens updated on environmental issues. I especially like how easy they make it to be an advocate for animals and the environment.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization studies and targets actual legislation and corporate activity harmful to the environment. They do their homework.