UpRising Programmes: Environmental Leadership open for applications

The Environmental Leadership Programme gives young adults aged 19-25 the chance to learn directly from cross-sector, expert sustainability leaders as well as plan their own environmental project to make the world a better, brighter place to live in.

19th Sep 2017


Can you help drive forward Manchester’s work on climate change?

Are you passionate about Manchester becoming a leading city for action on climate change? Can you help to engage and inspire new audiences to get involved? Do you have experience of bringing about positive change (not necessarily on climate change)?


Climate change is a threat to national security

Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Harvey and deadly monsoons in South East Asia – politicians need to wake up and treat climate change like a threat to national security. Just imagine, for a moment, that the US and UK governments received an … Continue reading

8th Sep 2017


Save Ryedale’s bats #DontFrackOurBats

Protected bat species have been identified right next to a fracking site in Ryedale, Yorkshire. Ecologists have recommended that work must not go ahead at the site until a full investigation has been carried out. But fracking company Third Energy plans … Continue reading

14th Sep 2017


Make a poster to save our bees

For over three years there has been a Europe-wide ban on bee-harming pesticides called neonicotinoids. But this ban only applies to crops attractive to pollinators — it doesn’t cover crops like wheat. This October, Michael Gove will vote on behalf … Continue reading

7th Sep 2017


Electric trains, not diesel trains: don’t scrap the electrification of our railways!

The Department for Transport has slammed the brakes on their promise to electrify the UK’s railways, announcing plans to scrap work across the north, the midlands and south Wales. This means more polluting diesel trains for years to come, not … Continue reading

10th Aug 2017

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Manchester Cycle Forum – what is the most compelling argument for….

The latest Manchester Cycle Forum (Tuesday 19th September) saw an interesting departure from the usual Cycle Forum format. Cycle forum participants were treated to a series of 3 minute presentations (no Powerpoint allowed) that set out to make the “most … Continue reading

21st Sep 2017


Highlights from the second Waste Campaign meeting: Zero Waste, plastics as main focus and first steps – surveying local food take-away businesses

Following June’s meeting during which we identified six potential campaign goals, we held a meeting with the aim to discuss these ideas to narrow down our focus further and start working towards our goals.

22nd Jul 2017

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Manchester Day Parade and the Clean Air Machine

On Sunday 18th June 2017, Manchester Friends of the Earth joined over 2,000 people taking part in the Manchester Day Parade. Keen to be creative and communicate an important message whilst fitting with the ‘Abracadabra’ magic theme of the year’s … Continue reading

18th Jul 2017


News release: 5000 people call for GM Pension Fund to ditch fossil fuels

A petition calling for Greater Manchester’s local authority pension fund (GMPF) to ditch dirty coal, oil and gas stocks will be handed in to the GMPF’s Annual General Meeting. Since the petition launch, over 5000 people have expressed their dismay … Continue reading

22nd Sep 2017

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Councillor joins Levenshulme parents to call for Clean Air Everywhere

Dozens of parents and residents in Levenshulme gathered at the Inspire community centre this weekend (Saturday 16 Sept) to discuss the problem of air pollution in the neighbourhood. They were joined by Councillor Dzidra Noor, Levenshulme ward councillor, and volunteers … Continue reading

18th Sep 2017


Homebase urged to act after most top garden retailers say no to bee-harming neonicotinoids

Nine of the top 10 leading garden retailers and garden centres don’t want the flowering plants they sell to be grown with bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides and have told suppliers not to use them, a Friends of the Earth survey [1] … Continue reading

22nd Aug 2017


Manchester Friends of the Earth’s Response to DEFRA Consultation on Improving Air Quality

On 15th June 2017, we submitted this response to the Government’s plans for tackling nitrogen oxide pollution in our towns and cities. With thanks to Client Earth for their guidance on these issues and this particular consultation. 7 How satisfied … Continue reading

15th Jun 2017


General Election 2017: A cleaner, greener, healthier, fairer UK

Our environment can’t wait.  For too long action has been seen as something that will only benefit future generations or put off as a ‘nice to have’. But the harm done by problems such as air pollution and run-away climate … Continue reading

3rd May 2017


Why we oppose a state visit by Donald Trump to Britain

A State visit by Donald Trump to the UK adds legitimacy to his ideas and actions. That’s why we oppose rolling out the red carpet for Donald Trump.

20th Feb 2017