We are currently working as part of the Fossil Free Greater Manchester coalition to urge the Greater Manchester Pension Fund to sell its investments in fossil fuel companies, which amount to over £2 billion, and invest instead in positive solutions to climate change such as renewable energy and housing retrofit.
United for Warm Homes is our climate and energy campaign. We are calling on the Government to support those struggling with their fuel bills now, and to invest in the long term solutions to ensuring everyone has a warm home- renewables and retrofitting. If you would like to find out more please come along to our net meeting, listed on our calendar.
We also support renewable energy schemes – in particular community-led projects to install solar panels on schools and public buildings, or to set up hydroelectric schemes. See www.gmcr.org.uk to find out more about a current volunteer-led solar power project funded via a community share issue.
Contact Ali [at] manchesterfoe.org.uk
One of our main campaign areas is Love Your Bike. This is a positive campaign that aims to get more people cycling more often. Our initiatives, such as the Pocket Guide to Cycling and Bike Friday, help to inform people about the benefits of cycling and give them the confidence to take it up as a regular means of getting around. We campaign to improve our cycling infrastructure such as the recent improvements to the Oxford Road corridor. Currently we are encouraging people to write to their local authority to request on street cycle storage where people live.
We are also interested in helping Greater Manchester to get the quality integrated public transport system it deserves, and we respond to public consultations such as those conducted by Transport for Greater Manchester and the local authorities.
Finally, we are running a healthy air campaign an Air Quality campaign to reduce the health impacts of air pollution. Working with other local campaign groups including Asthma & Lung UK, campaigning to ensure that GM has a clean air plan that improves lives across the city.
We hold our meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of the month – see our calendar for details.
Contact: Pete (pete [at] manchesterfoe.org.uk)
Corporate Justice – Planet not Profit
Friends of the Earth is campaigning with the Corporate Justice Coalition for a new UK law that’ll hold companies, banks and public bodies to account for any socially and environmentally damaging impacts caused by their activities, and ensure they are held liable when harm occurs.
If you are interested in getting involved, please get in touch.
Contacts: Cat (cat a[at] manchesterfoe.org.uk)
Currently we don’t have enough volunteers to run a waste campaign. If this is something you would be interested in, please get in touch.
Contact seb [at] manchesterfoe.org.uk
Our Real Food Guide showcases the great sustainable food offerings available across Greater Manchester, an online guide to environmentally friendly food outlets and more! Let us know if there are any places you think we’ve missed out! We are currently working with on a carbon counting food project with Manchester University – and looking for help with finding new sustainable recipes for carbon counting, and helping identify local food outlets that might like to get involved. Please contact Cat (cat [at] manchesterfoe.org.uk) for more information.