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Celebrating 40 years of mobilization, resistance and transformation

In 2011 Friends of the Earth International, the world's largest global grassroots federation of environmental groups, marked its 40th anniversary with a range of materials available to view or download.

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Throughout the year we celebrated, together with our member groups and supporters, all that we had achieved over the past forty years. Our anniversary was also an opportunity to look ahead to the next forty years and to stress the urgency of a global transformation towards environmentally sustainable and socially just societies.


Friends of the Earth International was founded in 1971 in Roslagen, Sweden by a group  of environmental activists from France, Sweden, the UK and the US. These activists saw a pressing need for an organization that would facilitate the tackling of cross-boundary environmental issues.


Forty years later, the federation boasts 74 member groups and over 2 million individual members and supporters around the world. Our positions and campaigns are informed by our work with the grassroots and communities.


Friends of the Earth International is also part of a global environmental and social movement that includes farmers, indigenous peoples, workers, women and young people.


To mark our anniversary we produced a range of materials which are all available to view or download below.

FoEI at 40 interviews

Members of the federation talk to Real World Radio about their achievements and what it means to them to be part of Friends of the Earth International.

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FoEI at 40 photos

Forty photos from the last forty years.

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FoEI at 40 t-shirts

To celebrate forty years of Friends of the Earth International we've produced this limited edition t-shirt designed by Chilean artist Paulina Veloso. Get yours today for €15 including postage.

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Forty Years of Environmentalism

An opinion article by Nnimmo Bassey Chair of Friends of the Earth International.

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interactive map: forty years of struggles and successes

Forty years is a long time to struggle - and struggles can sometimes seem endless when we are in the middle of them - but Friends of the Earth International’s fortieth anniversary offers us a wonderful opportunity to stand still for a moment, together with our friends and allies around the world, and simply reflect, marvel even, at just how much we - friends of the earth all - have achieved in the last four decades.

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Let us celebrate life!

Four wonderful decades at Friends of the Earth International by Juan Almendares, Friends of the Earth Honduras.

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