Coronavirus guidance from national Friends of the Earth
Our recommendations regarding coronavirus. We will continue to monitor government advice on the subject and will review and update this page accordingly. Please do check back regularly.
During this time, Friends of the Earth’s priority is to ensure the safety of our network and our wider society. We must take appropriate steps to look after those most vulnerable to COVID-19 – in particular older people and those with underlying health conditions.
This does not mean stopping our work – climate change won’t wait – but it does mean going about it differently and shifting as much of our work as we can online.
Our strong recommendation is that until end of May 2020, you move your events and meetings to online meet-ups.
Make sure to join our webinar on campaigning in the context of coronavirus on Thursday 19 March from 19:30-20:30. Register to attend (select ‘skills webinar’).
We’ll be sharing a recording of the webinar as well in case you can’t make it.
Here are a couple digital tools to make the most of during this time:
If you’ve joined our webinars you’ll have experience using this conference call platform.
You can set up a free account to run your own meetings of 40min or less.
If you need to organise something longer, get in touch and we’ll see how we can help.
- Action Network
Lots of you will already be using this digital campaign platform which lets you build a mailing list and create petitions.
Many other organisations and institutions are taking similar precautions, so if you have external meetings with other parties – e.g. councils or other organisations – make sure to check their own guidance and consider online alternatives.
If you are worried about losing money from venues that you’ve already booked please get in touch to see if we can support you with this.
If you do decide to go ahead with smaller meetings or activities there is some guidance here to help you run them as safely as possible.
We will continue to support you virtually and to ensure that our network remains close and connected.
Let’s take this opportunity to explore new ways to connect that could serve our movement well in the future.