Oceans

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, industrial ocean fish farming, and unnatural ocean noise. 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 establishment of air pollution limits for ships near the coasts of the U.S. and Canada, which prohibit the use of dirty bunker fuel — unless alternative compliance methods are employed, such as shorepower or other pollution reduction technologies.
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Saving California’s Coastline
Saving California’s Coastline

Hundreds of Friends of the Earth members called their state legislators, urging them to support these important bills, and we went to Sacramento to march and voice our strong opposition to Zinke’s plan.

Cutting Off an Industrial Mine’s Financing
Cutting Off an Industrial Mine’s Financing

Pebble Mine is a clear environmental disaster—yet its parent company found a financier for the project in First Quantum Minerals. To stop this project, Friends of the Earth has worked  to hit them where it hurts: their financial backing.

Keeping Puget Sound Clean
Keeping Puget Sound Clean

Five years of environmental activism will clean the state’s waterways, protect public health, and boost local economy. This is a major win for both Washington and our planet.

Banning Industrial Ocean Fish Farming in Washington state
Banning Industrial Ocean Fish Farming in Washington state

In early March 2018, Washington’s state legislature passed House Bill 2957—a bill that bans all future industrial net pen operations by 2022. This bill should send a message to the aquaculture industry that its time is up.

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Trump Administration to waive rules, clearing the way for more polluting projects

Trump is expected to sign an executive order today waiving long-standing environmental protection mandates, allowing federal agencies to rush through approval for pipelines, mines, and other destructive, polluting projects.

EPA fails to oversee disastrous Pebble Mine

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed yesterday to invoke its Clean Water Act section 404(q) authority to protect salmon-rich Bristol Bay, Alaska from the dangerous proposed Pebble Mine project.

Trump Exploits COVID-19 Crisis to Advance Corporate Aquaculture Agenda

Today, amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the White House issued a controversial Executive Order to streamline offshore aquaculture permitting and gut other protective regulatory processes. The move threatens our ocean ecosystem, local fishing communities and coastal economies.

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For Arctic Indigenous people, is foresight 2020?
For Arctic Indigenous people, is foresight 2020?

It is important for Arctic Indigenous peoples to be heard at this crucial meeting, to help people understand why we need the Arctic to remain cool by reducing emissions from shipping and other sectors.

International examples offer US a blueprint for aquaculture regulation in 2020
International examples offer US a blueprint for aquaculture regulation in 2020

For many years, powerful corporations, assisted by the very U.S. agencies tasked with protecting and managing our ocean resources, have collectively been pushing for development of industrialized fish farms off the coasts of our shoreline communities.

Carnival Corp. companies all receive failing grades on the 2019 Cruise Ship Report Card
Carnival Corp. companies all receive failing grades on the 2019 Cruise Ship Report Card

This year, Friends of the Earth is calling on Carnival Corporation and all large cruise companies to invest in real, comprehensive solutions to treat their environmental pollution and truly be environmentally responsible and protect the places they visit.

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  • US Army Corps of Engineers Sign-On Letter Regarding COVID-19
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  • No Cruise Bailout Sign-On Letter
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  • Petition for Judicial Review
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