Throughout the 1980s, European Friends of the Earth groups in Europe had been working together on campaigns on acid rain and the protection of tropical rainforests, and under the guidance of Friends of the Earth International, it was decided to establish a formal regional office to coordinate their work.
Friends of the Earth Europe began life as Coordination Européenne des Amis de la Terre (CEAT) and it was in 1986, as the Single European Act was being agreed, that it opened a small office in Brussels with the aim of putting the environment on top of the European Union agenda.
Since then we have brought social and environmental justice to the fore with the establishment of campaigns around food and agriculture, resources, democracy and corporate power, and climate.
We’ve brought hundreds of thousands of people out on the streets for climate justice, established a youth network – Young Friends of the Earth Europe – and successfully campaigned to make EU laws better for people and planet.
Since our creation, we grown into a vibrant office of thirty staff engaged in campaigning, communications, fundraising, network coordination, capacity building and supporting youth activism.
Today we continue to work on the world’s most pressing environmental challenges which threaten global peace, equity and social justice.