Friends of the Earth Malta (FoEM) is an independent organisation that is distinct from any political party. It is also not directly affiliated with any other environmental group in Malta, but it works with several social and environmental NGOs on issues that are of common concern and interest.

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. FoEM has been active in the environmental field in Malta since 1985. Originally created under the name of Żgħażagħ Għall-Ambjent (Youths for the Environment), the organisation later became widely known as Moviment Għall- Ambjent (Movement for the Environment). FoEM was founded with the intention of consolidating various youth and environmental groups in the country, which quickly developed into a committee of activists. In 1991, the group joined the international network of Friends of the Earth. Friends of the Earth International includes groups from 75 countries and 6 continents, making it the World’s largest grassroots environmental networks. ० Since 2008 FoEM has been enrolled with the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations in accordance with the Voluntary Organisations Act. Registered No. VO/0091 FoEM campaigns on some of today’s most pressing environmental and social issues, by engaging the public directly through a wide range of diverse projects and activities. FoEM creates and participates in vibrant campaigns, raises awareness on a number of pertinent national and international issues, and mobilises people to participate in decision-making processes. FoEM strives to provide creative solutions that are based on sound knowledge and information, especially through the promotion of alternatives to certain environmental behaviours. In keeping to our activist roots, FoEM continuously lobbies, mobilises, and influences the policy community towards a more just and sustainable society. ०FoEM has diverse educational methods to reach out to youths and adults especially focusing on marginalised groups, empowering them to work together for a more sustainable future. FoEM’s work has been informing national policy for over three decades. Currently, campaigns focus is on Food Agriculture & Biodiversity, Climate Change, Resource Use and Activism & Democratic participation. ० FoEM has been part of the School of Sustainability project that was recognised by the Global Education Network Europe (GENE) as one of the 20 most outstanding projects for inclusion. The organisation has five full-time paid employees and one part-time employee and committed volunteers that help with all activities. The paid and unpaid staff members are at the core of the organisation’s everyday functioning and activity implementation. FoEM has approximately 15 committed long term volunteers and shorter-term volunteers that engage in specific areas.

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