Friends of the Earth Cardiff - Australasia http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/taxonomy/term/568/all en Donate to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/donate-help-victims-typhoon-haiyan <p><img width="500" height="395" src="/files/foecardiff/images/typhoon_haiyan_philippines.jpg" alt="People walking past wreckage and felled trees" /></p> <p>An estimated 10,000 people are feared to have been killed by Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines. Hundreds of thousands have been displaced and as many as 10 million affected. The survivor's most urgent needs are for water, food and shelter.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/donate-help-victims-typhoon-haiyan">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/donate-help-victims-typhoon-haiyan#comments archive Climate and Energy Australasia climate change Phillipines Thu, 14 Nov 2013 17:36:55 +0000 Chris 586 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk More phone companies come clean http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/more-phone-companies-come-clean <p><img width="500" height="365" src="/files/foecardiff/images/mining_Bangka.jpg" alt="Mining waste with forest in the background" /></p> <p>&copy; Friends of the Earth</p> <p>Nokia, Sony, Blackberry, Motorola and LG now have all publicly accepted that their phones probably contain environment-trashing tin from Bangka Island.</p> <p>Last week we wrote to these big mobile phone producers to let them know that we were turning our attention to them. We told them that over 25,000 people have contacted Apple and Samsung and that they could expect to hear from lots of you soon.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/more-phone-companies-come-clean">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/more-phone-companies-come-clean#comments Corporate accountability Australasia indonesia Wed, 31 Jul 2013 18:39:55 +0000 Chris 576 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk Ask Apple to come clean http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/ask-apple-come-clean <p><img width="500" height="365" alt="Tin mining waste heaps with forest beyond" src="/files/foecardiff/images/mining_Bangka.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Photo: &copy; Friends of the Earth</em></p> <p>For the past six months Apple has ignored the questions from 25,000 Friends of the Earth supporters about the hidden impact of its iPhones. Stories of child labour and environmental destruction have been met with silence.</p> <p>Now Apple has released a statement about Bangka island:</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/ask-apple-come-clean">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/ask-apple-come-clean#comments Corporate accountability Nature Australasia indonesia Thu, 18 Jul 2013 12:45:36 +0000 Chris 574 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk Turn up the heat on Apple http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/turn-heat-apple <p><img width="500" height="365" alt="Mining spoil heaps with tropical forest in distance" src="/files/foecardiff/images/mining_Bangka.jpg" /></p> <p>The devastation caused by tin mining on Bangka Island <em>&copy; Friends of the Earth</em></p> <p>Thousands of emails from our amazing suporters forced Apple's biggest rival, Samsung, to confirm that it uses forest-trashing tin from Indonesia's Bangka Island in its products.</p> <p>But Apple is still refusing to go public about whether its phones contain tin from Bangka Island.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/turn-heat-apple">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/turn-heat-apple#comments archive Corporate accountability Australasia indonesia Thu, 23 May 2013 14:29:16 +0000 Chris 562 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk Samsung admits to using unsustainable tin http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/samsung-admits-using-unsustainable-tin <p><img src="/files/foecardiff/images/mining_Bangka.jpg" alt="mined land with forest in the background" width="500" height="365" /></p> <p>Photo: &copy; Friends of the Earth</p> <p>Friends of the Earth suupporters have forced the world's biggest-selling smartphone maker to confirm that it uses forest-trashing tin in its products.</p> <p>Samsung, a multi-billion pound company, has investigated its supply chain and discovered that it uses Bangka Island's tin. This tin mining is destroying tropical forests, coral reefs and livelihoods.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/samsung-admits-using-unsustainable-tin">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/samsung-admits-using-unsustainable-tin#comments Corporate accountability Nature Australasia indonesia Tue, 23 Apr 2013 16:04:36 +0000 Chris 558 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk Samsung admits to using unsustainable tin http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/samsung-admits-using-unsustainable-tin-0 <p><img width="500" height="365" src="/files/foecardiff/images/mining_Bangka.jpg" alt="Mounds of mining waste with forest in the distance." /></p> <p>Photo: &copy; Friends of the Earth</p> <p>Friends of the Earth supporters have forced the world's biggest-selling smartphone maker to confirm that it uses forest-trashing tin in its products.</p> <p>Samsung, a multi-billion pound company, has investigated its supply chain and discovered that it uses Bangka Island's tin. This tin mining is destroying tropical forests, coral reefs and livelihoods.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/samsung-admits-using-unsustainable-tin-0">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/samsung-admits-using-unsustainable-tin-0#comments archive Corporate accountability Nature Australasia business indonesia Tue, 23 Apr 2013 16:04:36 +0000 Chris 559 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk Smartphones destroy forests and coral reefs http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/smartphones-destroy-forests-and-coral-reefs <p><img width="500" height="365" alt="Spoil heaps and holes full of water with tropical forest in the background" src="/files/foecardiff/images/mining_Bangka.jpg" /></p> <p>&copy; Ulet</p> <p>Research by Friends of the Earth has found that smartphones sold by Samsung and Apple almost certainly contain tin from Indonesia where mining is devastating forests and farmland, coral reefs and many communities.</p> <p>Tin is used for solder in phones, computers, and all other electronic gadgets. Around a third of the world's tin comes from Bangka and neighbouring island Belitung.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/smartphones-destroy-forests-and-coral-reefs">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/smartphones-destroy-forests-and-coral-reefs#comments archive Corporate accountability Nature Australasia indonesia Thu, 24 Jan 2013 22:08:10 +0000 Chris 547 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk Commonwealth Games threatens Sri Lanka wilderness http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/commonwealth-games-threatens-sri-lanka-wilderness <p><img width="367" height="251" alt="A herd of Indian elephants at the edge of a forest" src="/files/foecardiff/images/Elephants_feeding.jpg" /></p> <p>Sri Lanka is bidding to host the Commonwealth Games in 2018. The area they propose to build the stadia is currently home to several species of endangered wildlife. Call on the government to withdraw their disastrous bid.</p> <p>Sri Lanka could get more unsustainable development due to the government's Hambantota 2018 Commonwealth Games proposal.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/commonwealth-games-threatens-sri-lanka-wilderness">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/commonwealth-games-threatens-sri-lanka-wilderness#comments archive Nature Australasia Sri Lanka Sat, 24 Sep 2011 21:51:51 +0000 Chris 446 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk Japan earthquake and tsunami appeal update http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/japan-earthquake-and-tsunami-appeal-update <p><img width="400" height="300" src="/files/foecardiff/images/Peace_Boat_mud_clearing_team.jpeg" alt="Volunteers in helmets and masks carrying tools" /></p> <p><em>Photo: Peace Boat, Japan</em></p> <p>It is almost five months since the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. We are now reporting back on how the money donated has been spent.</p> <p>Peace Boat would like to express our appreciation for the donation of &yen;938,000 received from Friends of the Earth International for its Earthquake &amp; Tsunami Relief Efforts in the city of Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/japan-earthquake-and-tsunami-appeal-update">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/japan-earthquake-and-tsunami-appeal-update#comments archive Australasia Japan Fri, 22 Jul 2011 06:57:07 +0000 Chris 427 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk Help stop coal mining in Australia http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/help-stop-coal-mining-australia <p><img width="500" height="375" src="/files/foecardiff/images/murwillumbah_rally.jpg" alt="Crowd of people in a park watching man showing a model of a drilling rig." /></p> <p>Murwillumbah rally. <em>Photo: Lock the Gate Alliance</em></p> <p>Mecrus Resources has lodged applications for Exploration Permits for three districts in the south-west of the State of Victoria in Australia. The company wants to conduct soil and rock sampling and drilling to establish the presence of minerals.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/help-stop-coal-mining-australia">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/help-stop-coal-mining-australia#comments archive Climate and Energy Australasia Australia energy Sun, 17 Jul 2011 06:54:24 +0000 Chris 430 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk