Friends of the Earth Malta has been involved in the Maltese environmental scene since 1985, with its main activities focusing on activism and lobbying for changes to local policy. However, the organisation decided to shift its focus onto delivering high quality projects that have a long lasting and positive impact on both society and the environment.
To date, FoE Malta has coordinated dozens of projects that have involved several diverse sectors of the Maltese society. Two of the main projects that we are currently working on are funded through the Development and Cooperation grants (EuropeAid), and these are called School of Sustainability and Supply Cha!nge.
School of Sustainability
This project consists of a three year grant by the European Commission that will allow Friends of the Earth Malta to implement informal education activities, develop critical understanding, and promote action amongst EU citizens on some of the most important development, environmental and social justice issues facing people and the planet today.
School of Sustainability has already been a successful exercise in other regions of the Friends of the Earth International federation, most notably in Latin America and in Africa. These schools support the creation of common political analysis, the sharing of skills and development of leadership, within and between Friends of the Earth groups.
The European “School of Sustainability” project began in April 2015, and will run for a period of 3 years. The entire consortium consists of 23 partners from the Friends of the Earth European network of national Friends of the Earth groups and Young Friends of the Earth groups.
The main objective of this projects is to make supermarket store brands fairer and more sustainable – store brands being ‘own brands’ or ‘private labels’ that are exclusive to only one supermarket chain.
Supermarkets are not doing enough to counter the problems caused by the production of their store brands. Despite the fact that such entities have overarching influence in their markets, they are consistently ignoring human right violations and severe environmental impacts in the countries they obtain their products from.
The Supply Cha!nge project brings together a group of 29 European Civil Society Organisations and other partners from the Global South. Commencing in January 2015 and running till December 2017, this collaboration strives to create an EU-wide effort that will present solutions to the environmental impacts and poor working conditions that are present along the global supply chain of such store brands sold in European supermarkets.