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News Release: Campaign group asks – How ‘green’ is your local election candidate?

19th April 2012

Manchester Friends of the Earth are inviting election candidates to take part in an online survey about environmental issues ahead of the local elections in Greater Manchester on Thursday 3rd May. [1]
The survey asks candidates whether they would support a range of environmental policies including, would they :

* support stronger regulations to stop supermarkets from throwing away edible fruit and vegetables because the food does not look perfect?

* call for the creation of a Bee Action Plan for their Council to create natural habitats in public open spaces?

* ask their Council to switch to a renewable energy tariff for its buildings and services?

* call on their Council to declare itself a ‘Fracking-Free Zone’?

* back a recycling target of 70% by 2025 for Greater Manchester?

* support a target of 20% of journeys under 5 miles being made by bike by 2020?

Manchester Friends of the Earth campaigns on a wide range of issues relating to sustainability and social justice including climate change, corporate responsibility, real food, trade justice, sustainable transport, aviation and waste & recycling.

We believe that voters in Greater Manchester should have information on the policies of local election candidates on these issues. The survey results will be made available to Greater Manchester voters before the local elections on May 3rd.

Dr Graeme Sherriff , from Manchester Friends of the Earth said “Successful election candidates will join Councils who need to develop policies to meet many social and environmental challenges over the next 10 years and beyond, including rising energy costs, traffic congestion, poor health and obesity levels, air pollution and the urgent need to reduce C02 emissions.  Voters need to know which candidates have the best ideas and policies. ”



Dr Graeme Sherriff, Manchester Friends of the Earth, Transport campaign co-ordinator.  Mobile: 07948 405071..

Pete Abel, Manchester Friends of the Earth Co-ordinator. Mobile: 07951 642858.

Notes to Editors:

[1] The environmental issues survey is available at:  The deadline for candidates to respond is Tuesday 24th April.

[2] Manchester Friends of the Earth is an award-winning environmental campaign group, raising awareness and lobbying for policy changes at a local, regional, national and international level. The group consists entirely of volunteers, and its campaigns are funded by membership fees and individual donations.  Up-to-date information is available on the group’s website:  Manchester Friends of the Earth is a Licensed Local Group of Friends of the Earth, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.