Our current level of overconsumption is plundering the Earth's resources at a faster rate than they can be regenerated. This cannot last forever – and we are beginning to see the impacts of the system breaking down. Not only at the environmental level, but also at the social one. The number of murdered environmental defenders is increasing by the year, as the overexploitation of natural resources threatens local communities, especially in the global South.
One of the most pressing needs of our age is to veer away from the cliff-edge that overconsumption is driving us towards, and find new ways to live in a world that — to quote Mahatma Gandhi — "has enough for everyone's needs, but not for everyone's greed".
But how do we get there?
Commenting on today’s State of the European Union speech by European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker, Leida Rijnhout from Friends of the Earth Europe said:
“We need a fundamental rethink of the kind of Europe we want – in some areas President Juncker seems to recognise this, but in others it is very much business as usual. It remains to be seen whether his proposals will go far enough to really bridge the gap between the EU its citizens.
More than 250 non-government organisations from across Europe have today released an alternative vision for a more democratic, just and sustainable Europe.
Intended to influence the debate on the future direction of Europe, this alternative vision is endorsed by organisations representing a multitude of public interest issues, including labour rights, culture, development, environment, health, women's rights, youth, and anti-discrimination groups.
A number of existing and emerging EU policies and initiatives to green plastics, packaging, fuels and more through plant-based sources are at risk of backfiring with big social and environmental impacts, according to a new report from Friends of the Earth Europe.
As Black Friday rolled around again, Friends of the Earth groups from across Europe locked down their wallets and took to the streets to promote the radical act of not shopping.
Buy Nothing Day – an "international day of protest against consumerism" – invites people around the world to abstain from spending for 24 hours as a personal experiment or public statement.
Over 500 academics, activists, campaigners, policy-makers and interested citizens from around the world – including a number of representatives of Friends of the Earth groups – took part in the Fifth International Degrowth Conference, Walking the meaningful great transformations, from 30th August to 3rd September in Budapest, Hungary.
The Climate Camp in Rhineland has become one of the big meeting points for Climate Justice activists in the summer. For the last two years, the Degrowth Summer School has taken place at the camp. The Summer School consists of courses that run for 2 to 4 days in which a stable group works on a specific topic.
Europe is becoming increasingly dependent on farm land beyond its borders, creating inequalities and threatening both the environment and rural communities, according to a new report released today by Friends of the Earth Europe.
Campaigners from across Europe gathered in Bulgaria recently to discuss plans to tackle resource use, consumption and waste, as part of our programme of European School of Sustainability* events. It proved an inspiring meeting that offered the opportunity to share ideas and experiences and build a united, strong movement, writes Meadhbh Bolger, resource use campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe.