On 31 October 2019, Hnuti Duha / Friends of the Earth Czechia celebrated after the Czech Parliament signed off on a few important legal reforms to the Czech forest law that will help create more living forests. The changes should ensure that more dead wood is left on the forest floor, and stocks of deer and other forest animals for hunting are reduced. These reforms should help improve the natural restoration of Czechia's dying forests. But the fight for resilient forests is not over and other changes now need to be made.
The world’s five big oil and gas majors and their lobbyists have spent at least 251 million euros lobbying the EU since 2010, new research reveals – as almost 200 civil society organisations demand fossil free politics.
Drafts indicate the European Commission will give its support to at least 55 new climate-incompatible fossil gas infrastructure projects across Europe – as part of its new list of priority energy projects known as ‘Projects of Common Interest’ (PCI).
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has today failed to agree a new energy lending policy that proposed to end its financing of fossil fuel projects from 2020.
Voting on the policy was expected to take place in Luxembourg today at the meeting of the Bank’s board, made up of representatives from every EU member state, but the decision has for the second time been postponed, likely to November.
Just days after the biggest climate protests the world has ever seen, members of the European Parliament started the interview process for the nominees for European Commissioners 2019-2024. Yesterday was the turn of the proposed EU energy chief, Ms. Kadri Simson. How did she do?
Today climate protests hit the streets of every European country, uniting millions of students, workers and adults - as part of the largest ever Global Climate Strike. The strikes come ahead of a big week for environmental action, with a major climate summit at the UN and further strikes strikes throughout the week.
Nominees and portfolios for the next European Commission were put forward today in Brussels by the European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen.
Given the context of the climate crisis, Friends of the Earth Europe is challenging the Commission to deliver urgent and massive transformation, and is questioning some of the priorities of the proposed new structure.
Jagoda Munić, director of Friends of the Earth Europe said:
by Jagoda Munić, director of Friends of the Earth Europe
“I want you to act as if our house is on fire”, climate activist Greta Thunberg told politicians at the World Economic Forum in January this year, seeking to motivate them to urgently put a stop to runaway climate change.
The world’s biggest public bank, the European Investment Bank (EIB), has proposed to ditch funding fossil fuel projects.
The EIB published on Friday 26 July its draft energy lending policy, which proposes a major switch in its lending policy, in reaction to climate crisis. If this policy draft is accepted by EU finance ministers in September, this would be a significant step forward in the campaign for a fossil free Europe.
As temperature gages hit 40°C across Europe this week, terrifying heatwaves are becoming the new normal. But we are not all equal in the face of extreme weather, writes climate justice campaigner Clemence Hutin.
Last summer, a shocking heatwave seemed to dry up and set alight our continent before our eyes. This year we see this terrifying pattern repeating.