One year on, where is Sandra?

Sandra Viviana

Today marks the first anniversary of the disappearance of 26-year-old Sandra Viviana Cuellar Gallego, an environmental engineer and activist from Cali, Colombia.

At the time of her disappearance, Sandra was on her way to the National University in Palmira, Valle del Cauca Department.

Her identity card and cell phone were found a few days later near where she was supposed to catch a bus.

Help protect us from pollution

chemicals pouring from a pipe into a stream

Photo: Robert Brook, Science Photo Library

The Cabinet Minister, Oliver Letwin, is considering scrapping all green safeguards and replacing them with a single 50-page document.

This would mean our protection from pollution could be dangerously simplified. He is consulting on scrapping Laws on:

Stop the El Quimbo Dam project

View of river with wooded banks on a sunny day

The River Magdalena, Colombia. Photo: RitaCuba

The El Quimbo Hydroelectric Project is the first dam in Colombia built entirely by a multinational corporation, Emgesa. The dam would create a lake of about about 8,250 ha, almost twice the size of Lake Vyrnwy.

Stop Cardiff Council rubbish estimates

Cardiff recycling lorry

Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Ask your MP to support solar

Workmen bin a solar panel outside the Royal Courts of Justice

Photo: © Friends of the Earth

Our supporters have done some sterling work on the Final Demand campaign and the feed-in tariff (FIT) issue in particular. You have helped keep the pressure up on MPs and the government.

Energy bill scandal

Final demand. Stop the big energy companies taking us for a ride.

The Big Six energy companies have got us hooked on dirty fossil fuels and make huge profits from a stitched-up system.

Friends of the Earth want the Government to launch a public inquiry into energy prices.

With the Big Six's soaring profits in the headlines we have a fantastic chance to fix our broken energy system.

Government loses solar appeal

Two workmen bin a solar panel outside the Royal Courts of Justice

Photo: Friends of the Earth

GM giant BASF leaves Europe

Plant growing in a test tube

BASF, the German chemical giant, has announced is to end its genetically modified (GM) plant development in Europe and move it to the US, where political and consumer resistance to GM crops isn't so strong.

BASF fought for 13 years before the European Union approved them cultivating their Amflora potato, in 2010. However, German test sites had to be put under constant guard and activists still succeeded in destroying potato fields.

European banks fuel hunger

Woman and child with a sign saying No land, No food

Photo: Friends of the Earth International

European banks, pension funds and insurance companies are increasing global hunger and poverty. They are speculating on food prices and financing land grabs in poorer countries, according to a new report by Friends of the Earth Europe.

The report analyses the activities of 29 European banks, pension funds and insurance companies. These include:

Solar appeal decision delayed

Workmen bin a solar panel outside the Royal Courts of Justice

Photo: Friends of the Earth

The uncertainty over the future of the UK's solar feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme continues, after three court of appeal judges failed to decide if the government's proposed changes were unlawful.

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