COVID-19 has not stopped environmental action across Europe. From coal phase outs to court victories environmental action is alive and well across Europe despite the pandemic. I recently had the privilege of attending (virtually of course) the AGM of Friends of the Earth Europe. There are 32 FoE groups in the network, from Norway to Croatia and from Spain to Russia, together with a co-ordinating office in Brussels. All have felt the impact of the pandemic, with one of the smaller organisations having everyone off with covid at one point. Nonetheless, we heard about remarkable successes led by our sister organisations. FoE Czech Republic have been key to an agreement to phase out the use of coal by the early 2030s. There was also the very recent victory in a Dutch court, led by our Dutch FoE group, which compels Shell to re-write their business plans and reduce climate emissions rapidly. FoE Croatia has been through two serious earthquakes in the last year but has still helped the first homes in the country install solar electricity, despite a complete lack of official interest. At the European Union level our friends in the Brussels office, and many national FoE groups across the continent helped the EU decide to end financial support for new oil and gas pipelines and terminals.
FoE Scotland 10th June 2021 read more »
Johnathan Bartley: The UK has been exposed as a country without a vision for its geopolitical future. The image of Boris Johnson arriving at St Ives says it all. While promising to “build back greener”, he stands waving from the door of the private jet he’d taken to get to the coast of his own country, as oblivious to irony as he is to shame. While France is making moves to ban short-haul domestic flights, our prime minister uses them for photo ops.
Independent 11th June 2021 read more »