Oceans and Forests

Protect Forests, Reject Landgrabsdeforestation

We are working to address the root causes of forest destruction and the marginalization of forest-dwelling communities. We do this through our campaign on landgrabs, forests & finance, and our work to challenge forest carbon offsets.

Friends of the Earth’s work on biofuels is closely tied in to these campaigns, but is housed under our Climate & Energy project.

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The world's oceans support countless forms of life. Unfortunately, oceans and the tens of millions of people who live near them are under threat from oil spills, air pollution, sewage releases, aquaculture and unnatural ocean noise, and around the world, resource extraction and deforestation are destroying forests and displacing the people who live in them.

Friends of the Earth has won regional, national and international limits on air, water and oil pollution from cruise ships, cargo ships, oil tankers, ferries and recreational water craft. We were instrumental in achieving the upcoming establishment of air pollution limits for ships near the coasts of the U.S. and Canada, which will prohibit them from using dirty bunker fuel. 

Cruise shipsRussian-cruise-ship-off-Svalbard-in-Norway-Thomas-Hallermann-Marine-Photobank

We are advocating for laws and regulations to stop cruise ships from dumping waste into our oceans, polluting our beaches, contaminating our coral reefs, and destroying our valuable marine ecology.

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Image Credit: Thomas Hallermann, Marine Photobank

Oceangoing vesselsship-at-port

We are working at the local, state, national and international level to strengthen port regulations to protect local communities and waters, to enact health-protective national and international shipping standards, and to achieve global warming reductions from ocean-going vessels in order to attain pollution reductions worldwide.

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National marine sanctuariesturtle

We are working to protect valuable marine sanctuaries from environmental harms including damaging water and air pollution from ocean going vessels.

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Image credit: Neil Atterbury, Marine Photobank


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