Photogratree Competition #foemcrtree

22nd Mar 2020

Calling all budding nature photographers! Trees are one of our biggest natural allies in the fight against climate change. They clean the air and water, improve soil health and provide homes to thousands of species.

What does the Heathrow ruling mean for other projects?

28th Feb 2020

Friends of the Earth won its campaign to protect the climate from Heathrow's planned third runway. Lawyer Katie de Kauwe reflects on the significance of the win – and what it might mean for other projects.

Surfers Against Sewage – 2019 Water Quality Report.

23rd Feb 2020

This year has seen the issue of poor water quality returning to public consciousness and highlighted at a national level. Recent reports have shown that water companies are performing consistently badly, with pollution events increasing and causing damage to local environments, wildlife, and putting human health at risk.

Urgent: get your council to do more on Active Travel

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24th May 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned our lives upside down, wreaking havoc on health and jobs. As a result, many of us are spending far more time at home – prompting traffic levels to drop, along with air pollution and carbon emissions. Restrictions on travel and movement mean roads are now being used more by walkers and cyclists.

Safeguard the public voice in planning during the COVID-19 pandemic

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COVID-19 is causing widespread disruption to the UK planning system, which is there to ensure that the development and use of land is in the public interest. Recent legislation gave councils new powers to change the way they take planning decisions. This could undermine the public voice in planning and calls into question levels of transparency and democratic oversight of planning decisions.

Petition: Make streets safe for social distancing & save lives (Playing Out)

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20th May 2020

All of us – including children and vulnerable people – are having to frequently step into the road to follow the 2m rule, as most pavements are too narrow to pass safely. We’re also being encouraged to walk and cycle more as lockdown eases.

Car-free in the twenty minute city

11th Mar 2020

Imagine a city centre where you can get anywhere easily and safely. Where you can hear birdsong and breathe clean air. Where green spaces nestle amongst beautiful heritage and architecture. Where business, education and people flourish.

The Race is On

Screening of “The Race is On”

1st Mar 2020

On 26th November 2019, with MMU's support, we organised a screening at MMU Business School. The film was the 2019 documentary "The Race is On: Secrets and Solutions of Climate".

Great British Bird Watch 2020 at Sale Water Park

27th Jan 2020

After last year’s successful visit to Fletcher Moss, our Nature volunteers invited bird lovers to join us in the RSPB’s annual bird survey at Sale Water Park, further down the Mersey Valley

Global CO2 emissions dropped by 17% amid coronavirus lockdowns – Friends of the Earth reaction

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20th May 2020

New research published today in the journal Nature Climate Change has shown that daily global carbon emissions fell by 17% in early April 2020 compared to 2019, with full-year 2020 emissions set to decrease by up to 7%, depending on further social distancing.

Heathrow Third Runway: Friends of the Earth to challenge developers’ Supreme Court appeal

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7th May 2020

“It is especially important now, as we plan for a future after the dreadful Covid-19 pandemic, that the UK invests in low-carbon, resilient infrastructure. A new runway at Heathrow is the opposite of what we need to be building.” Jenny Bates, Friends of the Earth

Climate action ‘central’ to rebuilding economy, say government advisers – Friends of the Earth reaction

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6th May 2020

Reacting to today’s letter to the Prime Minister from the Committee on Climate Change calling for a “green” package of measures to rebuild the economy, Mike Childs, head of science at Friends of the Earth, said:

Manchester Friends of the Earth response to the Local Plan consultation

1st May 2020

Manchester City Council is preparing its Local Plan – a plan for how the city will develop over the next 15 to 20 years.

The impact of coronavirus on the planning system

24th Apr 2020

COVID-19 is causing widespread disruption to the UK planning system, which is there to ensure that the development and use of land is in the public interest. How can the right of the public to hold local decision-makers to account (and scrutinise plans for development) be protected during these difficult times?

Environment Bill Second Reading (Friends of the Earth briefing)

26th Feb 2020

A new approach to environmental protections will be vital in tackling the climate and nature emergency. However, the Environment Bill currently fails to deliver...