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Friends of the Earth International


Friends of the Earth International is the world's largest grassroots environmental network, uniting 75 national member groups and some 5,000 local activist groups on every continent. With over 2 million members and supporters around the world, they campaign on today's most urgent environmental and social issues. They challenge the current model of economic and corporate globalization and promote solutions that will help to create environmentally sustainable and socially just societies.


At present the campaigns of Friends of the Earth focus on land grabbing, food sovereignty, loss of biodiversity, carbon emissions and reclaiming the UN from corporate capture. Friends of the Earth also campaigns against overconsumption, unsustainable production systems, environmental destruction and social justice issues like poverty and inequity around the world.


Roughly half of the 75 member organizations call themselves "Friends of the Earth" in their own languages; the others use different names. Friends of the Earth is democratic: every two years there is a week-long general meeting where the policies and activities of the federation are decided and in which all members have an equal say.


Last update: August 2015




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Type of initiative Knowledge/advice organization, Action/campaign organization, Information/network organization
Field of work Agriculture, Politics, Law, Knowledge and information, Culture
Date of commencement 1971
Legal form Federation
Continent Europe
Country Netherlands
City Amsterdam
One or several keywords that describe your initiative environmentally sustainable and socially just societies
Publications Books, documentaries, movies, research, newsletters
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Contact person(s)

Pauline Vincenten


Contact information

Name Friends of the Earth International
Address po box 19199
Zip/postal code 1000 GD
Place Amsterdam
State/province NH
Country Netherlands
Phone +31 20 622 1369
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