Countries, cities and corporations committing to go ‘carbon neutral’

In May 2017, the people of Greater Manchester elected Andy Burnham as GM Mayor. In his manifesto, he committed to a new, accelerated ambition for Greater Manchester on the green economy and carbon neutrality, building on the leadership of the … Continue reading

5th Dec 2018

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Our Christmas Newsletter is here!

We’re relaunching our newsletter. Read all about having a plastic free Christmas including a Greater Manchester plastic-free map. Read the newsletter here.

3rd Dec 2018


How to be more engaging when communicating around climate change

Over the last three decades, reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have made it increasingly clear that wide-scale societal and political changes are required to ensure a sustainable, resilient future.


Demand a future for UK solar (10:10 Climate Action)

Over the last five years, government policies have ensured solar installations have tumbled.

19th Feb 2019

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Ask your council to be a climate leader

At the Mayor’s Green Summit in March 2018, Andy Burnham announced his ambition for Greater Manchester to be ‘carbon neutral’ by 2038.

12th Feb 2019


Save the Stockport Metroshuttle

Stockport Council is planning to scrap the free Metroshuttle bus service in Stockport town centre. 

9th Feb 2019


Mellor Green Wildflower Meadow

Just a few of the dozens of wildflowers we sowed in Cheadle Hulme in April.

6th Aug 2018


Atmosphere: Towards a proper strategy for tackling Greater Manchester’s air pollution crisis (IPPR North)

The levels of air pollution in Greater Manchester are lethal and illegal. In groundbreaking new analysis, King’s College London (KCL) has estimated that 1.6 million life years will be lost in Greater Manchester in the coming century due to its … Continue reading

25th Jun 2018


Levenshulme market first stall

The Plastic-Free Takeaways campaign team held their first stall at the Levenshulme market on Saturday the 24th of March. Ali, Lucie, Mirjam and Sébastien all arrived around 10am under a nice sunshine and Ian was an unexpected but appreciated addition … Continue reading

26th Mar 2018


It’s time for free bus travel as new figures expected to show Department for Transport failing on climate change (Friends of the Earth)

Annual greenhouse gas emissions data released today Move to electric cars needed, but alone won’t solve the problem says new research Friends of the Earth propose free bus travel as part of sensible solution

5th Feb 2019


Greater Manchester Spatial Framework – Friends of the Earth reaction

Commenting on the ‘Greater Manchester Plan for Homes, Jobs and the Environment – Spatial Framework’ published today (7 January), which sets out the planning blueprint for the city region for the next twenty years, Helen Rimmer, North West campaigner at … Continue reading

7th Jan 2019


Draft Environment Bill not a blueprint for greener post-Brexit Britain

Government urged to take no deal Brexit off table to protect our environment

20th Dec 2018

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All I want for Christmas is Clean Air – send a Christmas Card to your council leader!

Greater Manchester will soon be deciding on its Clear Air Plan and we need urgent action to reduce air pollution and help us breathe more easily.  Manchester has the highest rate of hospital admissions for asthma in the country and … Continue reading

18th Dec 2018


A missed opportunity to put climate risks front and centre – the government falls short on revised planning policy Friends of the Earth’s take on the NPPF2

The government has just missed about 10 open goals to protect the environment. It’s probably the most immediate way that the public could influence the quality of life in the place they live. Yet the town and country planning system – … Continue reading

15th Aug 2018


DEFRA Clean Air Strategy consultation – Manchester Friends of the Earth’s response

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) recently consulted on the Government’s draft Clean Air Strategy. Manchester Friends of the Earth detailed response is available (pdf).  See below for the introduction to our response and why we need … Continue reading

13th Aug 2018