Better Buses for Greater Manchester march from Stagecoach to hand in their 11,000 strong petition to Andy Burnham
As the year ends many of us will be thinking about new year resolutions. Friends of the Earth wants everyone, especially those in power, to make 2020 the year we save the planet from catastrophic climate breakdown. It can be small, individual actions, or making the decision to join other people for collective change. Whatever you resolve to do, start the new decade feeling positive that we can all make a difference.
The Conservative Party failed to address the climate and nature emergency in this election but with floods and wildfires already destroying communities here and abroad, the new government cannot hide from its responsibilities and must urgently prioritise the climate crisis – says Friends of the Earth.
Climate and Nature emergencies: Voters need to know where their Greater Manchester Parliamentary candidates stand
National Tree Week: Friends of the Earth reveals areas with lowest tree cover are neglected by government tree planting
With National Tree Week - and the winter tree planting season underway (started 23rd November), Friends of the Earth has today (25 Nov) revealed the areas in England with the lowest levels of tree cover. The organisation has combined historic data from Bluesky’s National Tree Map™ with data on government funded tree planting in England between 2010 and 2018 - highlighting that many of the places with low tree cover have done little in recent years to put this right.
More Trees Please – Join City of Trees and Friends of the Earth to plant 500 trees in Sunnybank Park, Tameside
Dave Timms, Head of Political Affairs at Friends of the Earth said: "This manifesto throws down the green gauntlet to the other parties. It sets out in detail a massive and urgent response to the climate emergency that encompasses radical change from the most detailed local policies to international interventions.
With National Tree Week - and the winter tree planting season - starting on 23rd November, Friends of the Earth has published analysis showing the governments of England, Wales and Scotland spend less than £1 per person per year on trees*. This drops to just 20p per head when focussing on England. Scotland has increased its forestry budgets for 2019-20.