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Climate Change

This climate is changing. But it’s not too late to do something about it. What we do over the next five years will make a real difference to our lives and the lives of future generations.

Here at Manchester Friends of the Earth, we’re working locally to support people who want to live more sustainably, and to encourage businesses and other organisations to endorse Manchester’s climate change plan, Our Manchester Strategy    and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s Five Year Environment Plan . 

We’re also keeping up the pressure on politicians to ensure the Government lives up to its pledge to be the greenest ever, setting us on a path to a clean, safe, nuclear-free energy supply and taking the lead in securing a strong and fair international climate deal.


CAMPAIGN FOCUS

Climate Protest

Barclays AGM in Manchester

21st Apr 2022

We know that we can’t build any new fossil fuel projects and avoid climate breakdown, but Barclays execs continue to put profit before a liveable planet. Barclays is Europe’s biggest funder of fossil fuels – pumping £127 billion into fuelling climate chaos …

Local Elections 2022 - what are your candidates views?

6th Apr 2022

In the run up to the local elections in Greater Manchester on Thursday 5th May 2022, Manchester Friends of the Earth are asking all candidates standing for election to let voters know what they think about key environmental issues.  #LE2022 …

Help stop plans for a new coal mine in Cumbria!

27th Feb 2022

Almost 7 years ago, the UK reached a significant milestone in the fight to save our planet. On the 18th December 2015, miners at Kellingley Colliery in North Yorkshire worked their final shifts and closed the doors of the last remaining operational …


ACTIVITIES

Climate, Biodiversity and a Packet of Crisps - expert talks to inform and inspire

22nd May 2022

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Come and join us for the first in a series of LIVE, FREE, SCIENCE TALKS centred on the climate and biodiversity crisis, aiming to inform, refresh and inspire. First floor, KRO BAR, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PG. 17:30 Wednesday 25th …

Climate Action Plans for councils explained (recordings)

21st Nov 2021

Council Climate Action Plans cover a whole range of topics from housing to transport which can be complicated stuff.  Watch the Friends of the Earth series of videos delving into the various topics in our template Climate Action Plan so you …

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COP26 UN climate talks

21st Oct 2021

The COP UN Climate Talks are an annual climate conference hosted by the United Nations (UN). This year, the 26th conference will be taking place in Glasgow between October 31st and November 12th 2021.  Why does it matter? It has been a trying …

Stop the Government giving developers free rein

12th Jan 2021

The Government is consulting on plans to extend Permitted Development Rights, allowing developers to convert offices, factories and shops into housing without planning permission.

		 






CURRENT CAMPAIGNS

Divestment

Universities, pension funds, churches and other institutions are increasingly taking their investments out of coal, oil and gas. We’ve joined this rapidly growing global alliance, and are campaigning to persuade the Greater Manchester Pension Fund to divest from fossil fuels.

PREVIOUS CAMPAIGNS

Big Ask

The Big Ask was Friends of the Earth’s national campaign asking the Government to set an emissions reduction target in law. Against a background of continually rising emissions from 1997 to 2005, and in the absence of any legal commitment to cut emissions, Friends of the Earth asked for a 3% year-on-year emissions reduction target to be written into law.

Biofuels

Friends of the Earth is asking for an end to biofuels targets and instead for investment in public transport and greater fuel efficiency, which will lead to the same reductions in emissions without making food unaffordable for the world’s poor.

Clean British Energy

Britain has a unique opportunity to clean up its power generation by replacing its existing fossil fuel power stations by renewable energy when they come to the end of their lives.

Fracking

Friends of the Earth believes that a moratorium should be put in force on fracking for shale gas until its climate and safety issues have been thoroughly investigated.

Get Serious

Get Serious was Friends of the Earth’s campaign focusing on local authority climate targets. Local authorities have a major role to play in reducing carbon emissions, arising from their control over heating and lighting public buildings and coordinating public transport.

Run on Sun

Run on Sun is Friends of the Earth’s campaign to boost the use of solar power in the nation’s primary schools. Every community has a primary school, so this is the ideal opportunity to raise the visibility of clean renewable sources of energy as the only long-term solution to the country’s energy needs.

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