The Asia Pacific region of Friends of the Earth is the most diverse region, encompassing groups from the global North and the global South. Member groups from the region are very active in community-based struggles against mining and other extractive industries. They work hand-in-hand with indigenous peoples, peasant farmers, and fisherfolk to secure sustainable livelihoods and fight against vulnerability to environmental disasters.
What We Do
Forests & Biodiversity
Half of the world’s forests have disappeared. Privatisation, trade liberalisation and increased exports of meat and crops, such as soy and palm oil, have led to a massive increase in large-scale plantations, triggering further deforestation. Yet forests provide livelihoods for many local communities and indigenous peoples. They help to regulate our climate, and are home to some of the most species-diverse habitats on earth.
We work with local communities and indigenous peoples to conserve forests, and strengthen communities’ rights and community management of forests. We campaign against industrial large scale plantations, monoculture, destructive logging and the commodification and financialization of forests and biodiversity.
Gender Justice & Dismantling Patriarchy
Women are disproportionately affected by environmental injustice, climate change, disasters and the exploitation of Nature. This is especially so for women of colour, peasant and indigenous women, LBTQ women and women workers. Despite this, women are not victims.
We see grassroots, anti-capitalist feminism as a key theoretical concept and political tool in the fight for women’s autonomy, equality between women and men, between peoples and between people and nature. We aim to show, in practice, that this feminism can and is being constructed from the grassroots up, it is relevant to all women and men and it is representative of regional diversity and different realities.
Climate Justice & Energy
Climate change and the global energy crisis threaten the lives and livelihoods of billions of people worldwide. Climate scientists agree that human activities produce greenhouse gases that are heating the planet.
A transformation of the energy system is fundamental to system change and to tackling climate change. It entails democratic answers to the fundamental questions: for whom and what is energy produced? It means a total departure from fossil fuel reliance and corporate control. Energy sovereignty is one key solution, allowing communities to choose sustainable energy sources and develop healthy consumption patterns to create sustainable societies.
Human Rights Defenders
Human rights abuses against environmental and political activists and defenders of territories and people’s collective rights are committed daily around the world.
We strive to respond rapidly in situations of violation or violence, according to the needs and wishes of the threatened community, with the aim of bringing perpetrators to justice. We fight alongside local groups and communities to prevent violence. We fight against corporate and State interests that promote these violations. This work is intimately linked to our international program work, including our demand for an internationally legally binding treaty on transnational corporations and human rights.
Small-scale farming via local markets still feeds the majority of the world today. Ecological peasant farming can preserve biodiversity and local cultures, cool the planet, provide healthy food and livelihoods for all. However, peasant farming is under attack from large-scale industrialised food and farming, which causes environmental destruction, land grabs and malnutrition.
To counter this FoE supports the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound methods.
Food sovereignty is about feeding people rather than corporate profit and it defends the interests of future generations.
Economic Justice & Resisting Neoliberalism
We believe our economic system should improve people’s lives and the environment. Yet the current dominant economic thinking —often referred to as neoliberalism— puts greed and private interests ahead of people and planet.
Working with social movements, including feminists, indigenous people and peasant movements around the world, we advocate economic justice solutions like cooperatives and public services that reduce inequality, contribute to equitable power relations including between women and men and expand the role of cooperation, community management and sustainable planning in all aspects of life.