Friends of the Earth fights to protect our environment and create a healthy and just world.
Together we speak truth to power and expose those who endanger the health of people and the planet for corporate profit. We organize to build long-term political power and campaign to change the rules of our economic and political systems that create injustice and destroy nature.
We are more than one million members and activists across all 50 states working to make this vision a reality. We are part of the Friends of the Earth International Federation, a network present in 74 countries working for social and environmental justice.
What we do
Friends of the Earth demands that leaders do what is necessary to defend all people and preserve the environment. We boldly push for what is needed and refuse to settle for what is politically easy, because that is the only way to achieve true justice and equity. We are not beholden to any corporate or political interests.
Our staff engage in hard-hitting advocacy campaigns by producing cutting-edge policy analyses, instigating lawsuits, targeting corporations, and organizing our members on the ground. This strong advocacy has been the key to our successful campaigns over our 48-year history.
Three principles guide our work
Being a bold and fearless voice – The severity of our environmental crisis demands that we be bold in what we fight for and what we fight against. This means challenging elected leaders and public officials, even when it’s not easy or politically convenient. Donald Trump wants to hand over our public lands to Big Oil. So we’re taking him to court to stop the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. We also filed a lawsuit to expose potential corruption leading to his decision to gut protections for Bears Ears.
Fighting for systemic transformation – The world’s problems are too big for tiny fixes around the edges. We are working to transform our economic and political systems through strategic reforms that lead to systemic, radical changes. The corporate agriculture industry holds a lot of power over our food system, and is trying to douse our food with toxic pesticides. But, using the power of our grassroots membership, we transformed the entire industry, and pushed nearly three-quarters of garden retailers to move away from bee-killing pesticides.
Organizing and building long-term power – We are committed to growing and strengthening our activist base to fight for change. In order to build long-term political power, we collaborate with broader movements, because the fight to protect our planet is intrinsically tied to the global struggle for justice and liberation from oppression. When a political appointee or a threatening piece of legislation looms, we work together to stop to it. Trump wanted to make Sam Clovis – a racist, homophobic climate denier – chief scientist at the USDA. We worked with our members and our partners across the broader movement to stop his nomination.
Some of our efforts include:
- Defending the Environmental Protection Agency and strengthening other agencies’ work to protect public health from attacks by corporate polluters
- Protecting organic agriculture and working to make sustainable and healthy food available to all
- Fighting against trade deals that undermine democracy and expand the power of international business
- Promoting clean energy solutions that are community-controlled and help alleviate poverty
- Empowering people to hold financial institutions accountable for destroying tropical rainforests
- Pushing public institutions – both bilateral and multilateral – to improve the lives, livelihoods, and environments of people throughout the world.
- Supporting community efforts to protect our oceans from fossil fuel projects, including export terminals and coal plants.