We believe public scrutiny of the environmental and social impacts of new technologies is essential and support community involvement in technology assessment and public policy development.
Friends of the Earth is a strong supporter of sustainable technologies such as solar power, wind farms, and energy efficient devices. However, we believe technology development should serve community needs—not simply corporate and military interests—and should pay heed to the precautionary principle.
In early 2005 FoE Australia established the Nanotechnology Project in response to the rapid development of the nanotechnology industry with little or no critical debate or regulatory oversight.
In 2014 we expanded the scope of the project to include other emerging technologies. These include synthetic biology and geo-engineering, which both operate in a similar regulatory vacuum, and pose grave potential threats to human health and the environment.