In a Nutshell: Cleaner beaches and drinking water, less air pollution, safer products and protected wildlife are all things we’ve gained from being part of the European Union (EU). But it hasn’t all been positive. For example, the Common Agriculture … Continue reading
Countries in the EU are banned from using 3 bee-harming pesticides. If we weren’t in the EU, they would still be in use here. Bees are great. They pollinate many of our food crops and wild flowers.
Bright yellow oilseed rape flowers are buzzing with bees but in some fields the bees may get a dose of banned bee-harming insecticide as they feed because of decisions made last year. And any day now the Government is about … Continue reading
Friends of the Earth and members of local residents group, Frack Free Ryedale have written formally to North Yorkshire County Council in the wake of the council’s decision to allow fracking near the North Yorks Moors National Park. The process … Continue reading
Right now the government is deciding whether to allow dangerous neonicotinoid pesticides back into our fields again. Please tell Environment Minister Liz Truss to protect our bees by adding your name.
Is the EU protecting people and the environment in the UK from hazardous chemicals? What difference would leaving make? We are all exposed to a wide range of chemicals from the products we buy, including food, toys, gadgets and cosmetics.
Campaign for Better Transport: Workplace parking levies and other new financial mechanisms could raise millions for public transport
The Government should consider broadening the way public transport is financed in the UK and learn from innovative schemes like Nottingham’s Workplace Parking Levy, according to new research.
Responding to today’s (8 June) speech from Owen Paterson MP which argued that there was no case to remain in the EU on environmental grounds and which accused the “Green Blob” of being bought off by Brussels, Sam Lowe, Friends … Continue reading
The countdown to the EU referendum is on but so far crucial issues like the environment have been worryingly absent from the debate. Friends of the Earth is ramping up its referendum roadshow to get people talking about the need … Continue reading
Friends of the Earth is urging the government to stand up for Britain’s bees after the NFU confirmed that it has submitted a second request to the government for growers to use banned neonicotinoid-treated seed this autumn. The application will … Continue reading
We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed Planner who can provide planning advice and services for Friends of the Earth’s campaigns and for communities that Friends of the Earth is working with at a grassroots level. The main aim … Continue reading
Social, indigenous, popular and environmental organizations are protesting to express disagreement with the current economic development model, and to highlight the government’s failure to fulfil prior commitments.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) could have major impacts on farming and food production in the European Union. Corporate lobby groups on both sides of the Atlantic are pushing for more market access, but European and American food … Continue reading
‘Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.’ (Albert Einstein) The theme for Manchester Day 2016 is Eureka! celebrating Manchester as a pioneering city that’s still at the forefront of modern discovery, European City … Continue reading
While not perfect, the EU has been good for UK nature and our environment. 1. Beaches In the 1970s we used to pump our untreated sewage straight into the sea. Now, thanks to the EU, … Continue reading
Inspired by Friends of the Earth’s Run on Sun campaign, a group of volunteers came together last year to found Greater Manchester Community Renewables (GMCR), with the aim of starting a community energy revolution in the home of the industrial … Continue reading
Air pollution is the biggest cause of early deaths in the UK after smoking. Often it’s invisible, so you aren’t even aware that you’re breathing it in.
Make a meal of tasty mushrooms in this simple lightly-spiced soured cream sauce. This is designed to be a low cost recipe. Ingredients 1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, finely diced 2 garlic cloves, crushed 500g/1lb 2oz mushrooms (such as … Continue reading
Help us defend the laws that protect wildlife and nature. Right now Europe is reviewing the EU Nature Directives. These are laws that keep our wildlife and special nature areas safe. The UK could weaken these vital nature laws. Environment … Continue reading
North Yorkshire County Council have today granted permission for fracking in Ryedale. Simon Bowens, Yorkshire and Humber campaigner for Friends of the Earth, said: “This is an absolute travesty of a decision but the battle is very far from over.