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Manchester Friends of the Earth news releases will have contact details for the specific campaign leads.

You are also welcome to contact our Media officer or one of the Group coordinators but please be aware that we are all volunteers and may not be able to respond to you right away:

Media officer:

  • Pete Abel: 07951 642858, pete[at]manchesterfoe.org.uk

Group coordinators:

  • Ali Abbas: 07786 090520, ali[at]manchestefoe.org.uk
  • Catherine Thomson: cat[at]manchesterfoe.org.uk

You can also email coords[at]manchesterfoe.org.uk which goes to both Ali and Catherine.

View our news releases and coverage in the media.

Committee on Climate Change land use report: Friends of the Earth calls for more ambitious tree targets

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23rd Jan 2020

Commenting on the Committee on Climate Change land use report published today, Sandra Bell, campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said:

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New UK housing ‘dominated by roads – Friends of the Earth reaction

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21st Jan 2020

Friends of the Earth is calling on the government to do more to encourage people out of their cars following a BBC report today that says new UK housing developments are dominated by roads.

Over two-thirds of young people are experiencing eco-anxiety as green group launch campaign to turn anxiety into action

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A massive 70% of 18-24-year olds are more worried about climate change than they were a year ago, according to a national YouGov poll commissioned by climate campaign group Friends of the Earth.

Sam Lee, The Nest Collective and Friends of the Earth announce a series of Nature Immersion Walks.

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19th Jan 2020

Sam Lee, The Nest Collective and Friends of the Earth will join forces to support Sam’s 16-date UK album release tour, promoted by DHP, Gulbenkian and Ear Trumpet, with a series of nature immersion walks in 7 tour locations.

Friends of the Earth reacts to new Agriculture Bill

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16th Jan 2020

Kierra Box, campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said: “Making sure there is enough healthy, sustainably produced food for everyone is a positive aim in this Bill, but technology is not a magic bullet. Future food productivity will rely on protecting and restoring natural services such as pollination and soil health.

Government considering cut to air passenger duty – Friends of the Earth reaction

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14th Jan 2020

Reacting to news that the government may cut air passenger duty on all domestic flights, Friends of the Earth campaigner, Jenny Bates said:

Friends of the Earth reacts to National Trust’s woodland expansion plans

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9th Jan 2020

Responding to the National Trust’s plans for woodland creation, Guy Shrubsole, tree campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said:

Better Buses for Greater Manchester march from Stagecoach to hand in their 11,000 strong petition to Andy Burnham

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29th Dec 2019

Campaigners for Better Buses will lead a march from ‘stingy Stagecoach’ to Andy Burnham’s office on Friday 3rd January. A handmade bus will lead the group to hand in their petition, with a greedy bus shareholder fatcat joining them at the back

Make 2020 the year we save the planet, with Friends of the Earth’s New Year Resolutions

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20th Dec 2019

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.

Celebrate the ‘Twelve Trees of Christmas’ with Friends of the Earth

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17th Dec 2019

We’re celebrating our native tree species that work year-round fighting the climate crisis, providing homes and food to wildlife, and giving protection from extreme weather such as floods and heatwaves.

New government can’t hide from the climate and ecological emergency

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13th Dec 2019

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.

General Election Manifestos: Labour tops Friends of the Earth’s climate and nature league table

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7th Dec 2019

Next government must put climate and ecological crisis at top of the agenda, says Friends of the Earth

One third of parliamentary candidates pledge to make the climate a deal-breaker if elected

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5th Dec 2019

Over 1,000 prospective parliamentary candidates (1,031 as of 05/12/19) out of 3,006 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have taken a Friends of the Earth pledge to make the climate crisis a deal-breaker in how they would vote in parliament if elected.

Friends of the Earth reacts to Labour Party’s pledge to plant two billion trees by 2040

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27th Nov 2019

Responding to the Labour Party’s 'Plan for Nature' (to be delivered in speech by Jeremy Corbyn at 11am on 28.11) Guy Shrubsole, tree campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said:

Climate and Nature emergencies: Voters need to know where their Greater Manchester Parliamentary candidates stand

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Thursday 28th November will see the first #ClimateNatureDebate held during a General Election campaign.[1]

Conservative manifesto – Friends of the Earth reaction

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25th Nov 2019

Commenting on the Conservative Party General Election manifesto launched yesterday (24 November), Dave Timms, Head of Political Affairs at Friends of the Earth, said:

National Tree Week: Friends of the Earth reveals areas with lowest tree cover are neglected by government tree planting

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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.

Community Calls on Tameside Council to Up its Game in Response to Climate Emergency

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24th Nov 2019

Thursday 28th November will see the launch of a new group in Tameside dedicated to acting to prevent climate breakdown, amid concerns the council is not taking the urgent actions necessary.

Labour manifesto – Friends of the Earth reaction

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21st Nov 2019

Commenting on the Labour Party General Election manifesto launched today (21 November), Dave Timms, Head of Political Affairs at Friends of the Earth said:

Climate put centre stage with its own TV election debate

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Following a campaign from students, activists and green groups Channel 4 have today (21 November) announced they are hosting a general election TV debate dedicated to the climate.

(Page last updated 5th November, 2018 18:48)

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