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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.

The campaign was a great success. The Climate Change Act 2008 set a carbon reduction target of 80% by 2050, based on 1990 levels, and established the Committee on Climate Change to supervise efforts to achieve this target.



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      The Big Ask postcard handover to Ruth Kelly

      The Big Ask postcard handover to Ruth Kelly

      Labour Party conference came to Manchester in September, and we seized on the opportunity to try to lobby Secretary of State Ruth Kelly regarding her inexplicable support for the exclusion of emissions from international aviation from the Climate Change Bill.

      22nd Sep 2008
      
      	
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      Interview: Ali on Radiohead's tour (BBC Radio Manchester)

      Listen to the interview with Ali, from Manchester Friends of the Earth on Radiohead’s tour (BBC Radio Manchester, 27 Jun 2008).

      27th Jun 2008
      
      	
      The Big Ask street theatre performance

      The Big Ask street theatre performance

      On Saturday 5th April, a group of performers from Friends of the Earth and Christian Aid put on a street theatre performance to highlight the exclusion of emissions from international aviation from the Climate Change Bill.

      5th Apr 2008
      
      	
      The Big Ask in Middleton

      The Big Ask in Middleton

      The polar bear’s tour of Greater Manchester reached Middleton on Saturday 27th October, where campaigners from Manchester Friends of the Earth met him in Middleton Gardens.

      27th Oct 2007
      
      	
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      Polar bear migrates to Middleton in search of new home

      Photo Opportunity: Campaigners, accompanied by a forlorn polar bear, will be outside the shopping centre in Middleton Gardens from 11am – 2pm on Saturday 27th October.

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      The Big Ask in Bolton

      The Big Ask in Bolton

      By Saturday 20th October, the polar bear had moved on to Bolton, and campaigners from Manchester and Bolton Friends of the Earth tracked him down outside Marks & Spencers on Deansgate.

      20th Oct 2007
      
      	
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      Polar bear migrates to Bolton in search of new home

      Photo Opportunity: Campaigners, accompanied by a forlorn polar bear, will be outside Marks & Spencer on Deansgate in Bolton Town Centre from 11am – 2pm on Saturday 20th October.

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      Climate change action needed

      MANCHESTER could end up under water unless drastic action is taken to address global climate change, according to environmentalists. Friends of the Earth put on a mini exhibition at Urbis in the city centre to demonstrate their worst fears, with … Continue reading

      14th Oct 2007
      
      	
      The Big Ask at Urbis

      The Big Ask at Urbis

      On Saturday 13th October, campaigners from Manchester Friends of the Earth dressed in diving gear came to Exchange Square with a partially submerged model of Urbis to symbolise the potentially devastating consequences of climate change.

      13th Oct 2007
      
      	
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      People of Ashton take action to save polar bear

      The people of Ashton came to the rescue of a forlorn polar bear who has been forced to search for a new home because of the melting ice caps. More than 200 shoppers who spotted the polar bear in Ashton … Continue reading

      1st Oct 2007
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