Friends of the Earth International

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Part of the The Statesman's Yearbook book series (SYBK)

Origin. Friends of the Earth was founded in 1971 by a network of environmental activists from France, Sweden, the UK and the USA.

Mission. The organization aims to ‘collectively ensure environmental and social justice, human dignity, and respect for human rights and peoples’ rights so as to ensure sustainable societies’.

Organization. Friends of the Earth International comprises 75 national member groups, with a combined membership of individuals exceeding 2m. around the world in some 5,000 local activist groups. A small, central Secretariat operates out of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and co-ordinates major campaigns, but grassroots activities are tailored by the relevant national or regional group.

  • Headquarters: Nieuwe Looiersstraat 31, 1017 VA Amsterdam, Netherlands.

  • Website:

  • Chair: Karen Nansen (Uruguay).

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