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Friends of the Earth International (FOEI)

Website: http://www.foei.org/

Category: Environment

Year of Foundation: 1971

Location of Foundation: Roslagen, Sweden

Location of Headquarters: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Brief Description: Friends of the Earth International describes itself as 'the world's largest grassroots environmental network.' (Source: www.foei.org; accessed 15 April 2010)

Founding Rationales:

Friends of the Earth International was organized in June 1971 'to promote ... the conservation, restoration and rational use of the natural resources and beauty of the Earth.' An international secretariat was created a decade later but in 1982 it consisted 'of a single person whose main task is the production and circulation of FOE-Link.'

Source: Tom Burke, 'Friends of the Earth and the Conservation of Resources' in Peter Willetts (ed.), 'Pressure Groups in the Global System: The Transnational Relations of Issue-Oriented Non-Governmental Organizations' (London: Frances Pinter, 1982), p. 107.

Evolution of Membership:

Friends of the Earth International Membership Chart

Sources: YIO; N. Carter 'The Politics of the Environment: Ideas, Activism, Policy' second edition (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), p. 150; www.foei.org (accessed 15 April 2010).