A shift towards more sustainable modes of transport is good news for our health, communities and the environment, both locally and globally. It is a vital step in reducing the emissions causing climate change. Manchester Friends of the Earth campaigns for cycling, walking, alternative fuels and quality public transport to be at the heart of policies on how we get around. We also believe that it is important to reduce the need to travel by, for example, promoting the use and development of local shops and services.
Smog caused by cars, factories, and coal fires is shortening lives. So what lessons can we learn from the Clean Air Act of 1956? Air pollution caused around 7 million premature deaths in 2012, according to the World Health Organisation. Tens of … Continue reading
The UK government must introduce Clean Air Zones across the country and commit to cleaning up the UK’s air faster says Friends of the Earth, as the European Commission today (15 February) issues a “final warning” demanding that the UK … Continue reading
Manchester Friends of the Earth is calling on all the Greater Manchester mayoral candidates to pledge their support for a new Clean Air Act fit for the 21st Century.(1) A coalition of health, environment, transport and other groups including Friends … Continue reading
Responding to a commitment announced today (13 February) by Labour’s Greater Manchester mayor candidate Andy Burnham (1), to tackle illegal levels of air pollution in the city-region, Catherine Thomson from Manchester Friends of the Earth said: “Manchester Friends of the … Continue reading
Our railways are in crisis but MPs will soon vote for the final time on spending what will be at least £55.7 billion on the wrong plan: High Speed 2 (HS2).
Commenting on proposals for a third runway at Heathrow published today by the government, Friends of the Earth London campaigner Sophie Neuburg said: “Airport expansion will bring more noise, pollution and misery to local communities.
Government urged to act after UN expert warns UK air pollution threatens the human rights of children
Reacting to a warning by the UN special rapporteur on hazardous substances and wastes Baskut Tuncak that the UK’s appalling air pollution problem threatens the human rights of children, Friends of the Earth air pollution campaigner Oliver Hayes said: “Mr … Continue reading
Manchester Friends of the Earth believes that the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Mayor need to provide clear leadership on urgent actions to improve air quality by reducing single-occupancy car journeys, cleaning up bus engines, and providing an environment … Continue reading
Reacting to today’s air pollution alert in London which is so high that adults and children have been told to reduce outdoor activities, Friends of the Earth London campaigner, Sophie Neuburg said: “It’s outrageous that children, who have done nothing … Continue reading