Media Releases

Major Plastic Waste Producers Must Get Consent Before Exporting their Toxic Trash to Global South

May 13, 2019

Geneva, Switzerland — Today, 187 countries took a major step forward in curbing the plastic waste crisis by adding plastic to the Basel Convention, a treaty that controls the movement of hazardous waste from one country to another. The amendments require exporters to obtain the consent of receiving countries before shipping most contaminated, mixed, or unrecyclable plastic waste, providing an important tool for countries in the Global South to stop the dumping of unwanted plastic waste into their country.

After China banned imports of most plastic waste in 2018, developing countries, particularly in Southeast Asia, have received a huge influx of contaminated and mixed plastic wastes that are difficult or even impossible to recycle. Norway’s proposed amendments to the Basel Convention provides countries the right to refuse unwanted or unmanageable plastic waste.

New research exposes a crisis in the global trade of "recyclable” plastics

Apr 23, 2019

Water contamination, crop death, illness, and the open burning of plastic waste have all flooded into Southeast Asia along with the world’s “recycled” plastics, according to a report by GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives) with data analysis on the global waste trade from Greenpeace East Asia.

Friends of the Earth submits legal summons in historic climate case against Shell

Apr 08, 2019

Protest at Shell petrol station with banner: See you in court, Shell!

The Hague - Friends of the Earth Netherlands will deliver a court summons to Shell to legally compel the company to cease its destruction of the climate, on behalf of more than 30,000 people from 70 countries.

Market Forces' Reaction to Adani news of self-funding Carmichael project

Nov 29, 2018

Reacting to the news that Adani has decided to self-fund the entirety of its Carmichael coal project, Executive Director of Friends of the Earth affiliate member group, Market Forces, Julien Vincent said:

Friends of the Earth Expresses Concerns over Mosquito Larvicide

May 21, 2018

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Environmental Organisation Friends of the Earth (FoE) today expressed concerns over the registration of the larvicide “Sumilarv Granular Insect Growth Regulator” (Active Constituent: Pyriproxyfen) commonly used for control of mosquitos, midges and latrine flies.

Pyriproxyfen is an extremely powerful synthetic hormone, that is highly persistent, active at very low concentrations, and interferes with developmental processes in a very wide range of organisms.

Historic legal action launched against Shell in the Netherlands on climate change could impact fossil fuel investments in Australia

Apr 05, 2018

Press release:

Melbourne, 5 April 2018: Friends of the Earth Netherlands takes the first step in legal action against Shell to stop the destruction of the climate. This ground-breaking case, if successful, would significantly limit Shell's investments in oil and gas globally by requiring them to comply with global climate targets.

AECOM cancels graduate outreach as #StopAdani protests mount

Mar 20, 2018

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US-based engineering and design firm AECOM’s graduate outreach program has been thrown into disarray, with protests and cancellations impacting most events.

New Federal Govt Grant for Community Solar & Battery Systems Announced

Mar 20, 2018

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The federal Government has just announced up to $12,500 in funding for solar PV systems and/or battery storage for community groups in Mt Alexander Shire, Macedon Ranges Shire, Hepburn Shire and City of Greater Bendigo.

Andrews govt announce big solar and auctions to kick off legislative push on Vic Renewables Target

Aug 23, 2017


"A vital stepping stone towards 10,000 jobs"

The Andrews government have this morning announced the first big solar farms in the state as well as auctions to bring 650 megawatts of new projects online to kick off the legislative push on the Victorian Renewable Energy Target. 

Don’t let Monsanto get their way

Aug 17, 2017


The genetically modified (GM) crop industry is not happy. It’s been over 20 years since the introduction of the first GM crops to Australia and the majority of our food remains GM free – because quite frankly we don’t want to eat GMOs.

However, the GM crop industry has a plan.