Time for Dems to drive aggressive solutions to climate crisis

Time for Dems to drive aggressive solutions to climate crisis

Invited to speak to the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee, in Phoenix, Arizona today, Erich Pica, President of Friends of the Earth, challenged the party to unapologetically embrace the bold and aggressive environmental, social and economic justice solutions necessary to combat the dire climate change effects experienced by all, and disproportionally felt by the most vulnerable of society. […]

10 Reasons Friends of the Earth Action backs Bernie

“It’s time for a candidate with the experience, record and vision for a nation that protects all people and the planet they call home. It’s time for Bernie Sanders.” – Erich Pica, President, Friends of the Earth Action In July 2015, Friends of the Earth Action became the first national organization to endorse Bernie Sanders […]

Bernie Sanders for president

Bernie Sanders for president

By Erich Pica, Friends of the Earth Action president We are at a generational, if not an historical, tipping point for our nation and the world. Our economy and institutional power structures have been built on the exploitation of people and the environment. Addressing the climate crisis and growing economic and social inequalities requires a […]

Climate champ Rep. Blumenauer casts unacceptable Fast Track vote

Climate champ Rep. Blumenauer casts unacceptable Fast Track vote

Today  our sister group Friends of the Earth, along with Food & Water Watch and Greenpeace, began running television ads in Portland, Ore., and Washington, D.C. condemning Representative Blumenauer’s (D-Ore.) endorsement of the ‘fast track’ Trade Promotion Authority bill — legislation that would expedite approval of large trade agreements being negotiated by the Obama administration: the Trans-Pacific Partnership […]

Sen. Warren speaks out against TPP

Sen. Warren speaks out against TPP

By Bill Waren, senior trade analyst On December 17,Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and two colleagues wrote to Ambassador Michael Froman regarding the Trans Pacific Partnership. Froman, the current U.S. trade representative, is a former Citigroup executive and bundler of Wall Street and other contributions to the 2008 Obama presidential campaign. “We are concerned that the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) could […]

EPA report confirms bee-killing pesticides don’t help many farmers

EPA report confirms bee-killing pesticides don’t help many farmers

This fall, the EPA released a report confirming what scientists have long been saying: soybean seeds coated in neonicotinoid pesticides, which contribute to mass bee deaths, “provide negligible overall benefits” to soybean growers. The report provides yet another reason that we need to suspend these bee-toxic pesticides take large-scale action to protect bees and other pollinators on which […]

GMO labeling: Our right to know what’s in our food

GMO labeling: Our right to know what’s in our food

What are GMOs, and how do they affect consumers, farmers and the environment? GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are created by mixing plant, animal, bacterial, or viral genes together in ways that don’t occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding. Over 99 percent of GMOs are made to withstand high doses of pesticides and/or produce […]

Clean elections, clean planet

Clean elections, clean planet

From climate change to clean water, from healthy forests to safer food, progress on our most important environmental priorities is being crippled by the outsized role of money in politics. If we want effective environmental policies, we have to reduce the undue influence that oil companies, corporate polluters and big lobby groups have in blocking good laws from being passed and influencing passage of bills that hurt the public.

“Bee-friendly” plants could be poisoning your garden

“Bee-friendly” plants could be poisoning your garden

You may have heard that bees are key pollinators for one out of every three bites of food we eat. You may also know that bees are in grave trouble – as a recent Time magazine cover story pointed out. But did you know that your own garden plants may be poisoning these bees? A new report […]

Coming to a grocery store near you: The Campaign for GE-Free Seafood

Coming to a grocery store near you: The Campaign for GE-Free Seafood

Friends of the Earth Action is excited to announce our new campaign to prevent genetically engineered fish from hitting our dinner plates: the Campaign for Genetically Engineered (GE)-Free Seafood. As we recently reported, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration is in the final stages of approving genetically engineered salmon for human consumption. If approved, it […]