Friends of the Earth’s blog is a staff-run blog that provides policy analysis, insight and commentary about the environment and other progressive issues, advances our campaigns, and builds momentum for a healthy and just world.

Obama Budget Repeals $30 Billion in Oil and Gas Giveaways

Mar. 11, 2009 / Posted by: NBerning / Categories: Blog

President Obama’s first budget did away with over $30 billion in giveaways to oil and gas companies. Friends of the Earth has been working for years to end these give aways to multi-national companies that are earning record profits. Congres...

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Obama's Budget Makes Commitment to Clean Transportation

Feb. 27, 2009 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

President Obama’s budget proposal for the Department of Transportation begins the process of transitioning to a more efficient, lower-carbon transportation system. The President’s budget increases funding for public transit which will ...

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Changing the Course of Biofuels Policy

Feb. 23, 2009 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

Friends of the Earth has been working with a small coalition of fellow environmental organizations to change the direction that biofuels policy is going. Our biofuels policy platform provides specific policy recommendations that would incentivise ...

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New Roads = New Pollution

Feb. 10, 2009 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

Transportation in the U.S. is responsible for 30 percent of our global warming pollution and 70 percent of our oil consumption. We cannot solve the energy and climate challenge without making our transportation system far cleaner and more efficient.

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World Social Forum IV comes to a close

Feb. 1, 2009 / Posted by: IIlluminato / Categories: Blog

Today we saw the World Social Forum IV come to a close under rainy skies. The rain united with many tears from the public and from the assembly groups who said their goodbyes and who once more lifted their hopes for change in the world.

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Nanotechnology, Public Engagement and Human Intent

Jan. 31, 2009 / Posted by: IIlluminato / Categories: Blog

Today we held our final workshop on nantechnology. This workshop was dedicated to the issue of nanotechnology and public engagement. We talked about how important it is for the public to discuss and have decision making power in the development of...

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Nanotechnology and Worker Safety

Jan. 30, 2009 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

Today our World Social Forum workshop focused on nanotechnology and worker safety. We listened to Brazilian worker union representatives and worker safety specialist who talked to the audience about the many risks involved in working with nanopart...

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Our First Workshop

Jan. 28, 2009 / Posted by: IIlluminato / Categories: Blog

Today we held our first workshop on the WSF's beautiful grounds by a river that connects to the Amazon forest. We organized the workshop as a space to discuss nanotechnology, public engagement and the technologies novel risks for humans and the en...

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Marching into our workshops

Jan. 27, 2009 / Posted by: IIlluminato / Categories: Blog

Today, I took part in a march attended by more than 80,000 people! This march was the start of the World Social Forum. I’ve never witnessed such a colorful and powerful protest. It was peaceful, full of music, drums, singing and dancing. The...

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