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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.

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News Releases

UK faces flooding threat – Friends of the Earth reaction

17th Aug 2022

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Reacting to flash flooding and warnings of more heavy rain, Paul de Zylva, campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said:  “Heavy rain and flash flooding are likely to become more frequent as a result of climate change.  “We desperately need …

Coal mine decision delayed until November - Friends of the Earth reaction

10th Aug 2022

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A decision on whether or not to grant planning permission for a controversial new coal mine in Cumbria has been delayed until “on or before 8 November 2022”. Friends of the Earth received a letter from the government confirming the …

BP profits: Tougher windfall tax needed, says Friends of the Earth

2nd Aug 2022

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Commenting on the huge profits posted today by BP, Friends of the Earth campaigner, Sana Yusuf, said:   “Ministers must impose a much tougher windfall tax on massive oil and gas firm profits. It beggars belief that these companies are raking …

Energy price cap could double by January – Friends of the Earth reaction

27th Jul 2022

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• Make energy efficiency a top priority, PM candidates urged  Responding to news that the energy price cap could double by January, Friends of the Earth’s head of policy, Mike Childs, said:  “It’s astonishing that the government continues to dither …

Manchester Friends of the Earth reaction to record-shattering hottest day (and night) temperatures - Guardian

20th Jul 2022

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Below is the full text of the comment from Manchester Friends of the Earth in reaction to the record-shattering temperatures recorded across Britain on 18th and 19th July. “This is not just a ‘hot summer’. These are record-shattering extreme day …

UK temperature reaches 40C for the first time on record – Friends of the Earth reaction

19th Jul 2022

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The Met Office has announced that the UK’s temperature record has been broken, reaching 40 degrees for the first time. Reacting for Friends of the Earth, Mike Childs, head of science, policy and research, said: “Scientists have long warned this …

Historic High Court ruling finds UK government’s climate strategy ‘unlawful’

18th Jul 2022

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In a landmark victory for climate justice that comes as the UK faces its hottest day on record, the High Court has ruled that the government’s Net Zero Strategy breaches the Climate Change Act. The legal challenges brought by Friends …

Met Office issues Red warning for exceptional heat – Friends of the Earth reaction

15th Jul 2022

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Reacting to news that the Met Office has issued its first ever Red warning for exceptional heat, Mike Childs, head of research at Friends of the Earth, said: “Each year the effects of climate breakdown are becoming more evident and …

Millions more older people and children at risk from dangerous summer temperatures if climate goals aren’t met

14th Jul 2022

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Health-threatening heatwaves will become more intense due to climate change, putting millions more people at risk from dangerous summer temperatures, new research reveals. The analysis, released today by researchers at the University of Manchester for Friends of the Earth, identifies …

Greater Manchester 'Do minimum' Clean Air Plan fails to address air pollution public health emergency

1st Jul 2022

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Manchester Friends of the Earth are hugely disappointed that Greater Manchester is proposing a Clean Air plan that fails to address the urgency of the public health emergency caused by air pollution.   More than 1,000 people are dying early in …

Current programmes won’t deliver net zero, warns CCC – Friends of the Earth reaction

29th Jun 2022

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Commenting on today’s Progress Report by the independent Climate Change Committee (CCC), which finds major failures in the government’s delivery programmes towards meeting its climate goals, Friends of the Earth’s head of policy Mike Childs, said:  “With its own advisor warning that …

Manchester needs an Ultra-Low Emission Zone to tackle illegal dirty air in the City Centre region

16th Jun 2022

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On Clean Air Day, Manchester Friends of the Earth is calling on Manchester and Salford City Councils to introduce an ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) within the Manchester/Salford Inner Ring Road area. (1) Despite a significant reduction in road traffic during …

Climate Protest

Govt climate policies fall short of legally binding sixth carbon budget, court hears

8th Jun 2022

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It was revealed in the High Court today that policies outlined in the government’s Net Zero Strategy will not add up to the reductions necessary to meet the sixth carbon budget – the volume of greenhouse gases the UK can …

High Court to hear legal challenge to government’s “inadequate and unlawful” Net Zero Strategy

8th Jun 2022

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*  Representatives of all three organisations will be outside the Royal Courts of Justice (Strand) from 9.15am on Wednesday 8 June and will be available for interview *  Friends of the Earth campaigners will attend to mark the occasion with …

Windfall tax: Nationwide insulation needed to reduce winter fuel bills, says Friends of the Earth

26th May 2022

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*** Friends of the Earth spokespeople available *** Money from the windfall tax should be used to fund a nationwide, street-by-street home insulation programme, says Friends of the Earth.  Friends of the Earth climate campaigner, Sana Yusuf, said: “A tax on the excess profits …

Ofgem boss estimates energy price cap will rise to £2800 – Friends of the Earth reaction

24th May 2022

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The Chief Executive of the energy regulator Ofgem, Jonathan Brearley, has today told the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee that he will write to the Chancellor informing him that the energy price cap is expected to rise to …

Shell AGM: climate protest to target firm’s first London shareholder meeting (Friends of the Earth & Defund Climate Chaos press release)

24th May 2022

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Shell AGM: climate activists to stage protest outside company’s first investor meeting since moving HQ to the UK Rally to take place from 9am outside Central Hall Westminster Renewed calls for a windfall tax on company’s vast profits as people …

Cumbrian coal mine: Why Michael Gove must say no

19th May 2022

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** Friends of the Earth spokespeople available for interview A government decision on whether or not to grant planning permission for a controversial new coal mine in Cumbria is expected in the next few weeks.  The government has said that Michael Gove, …

Insulation call as inflation hits 40-year high

18th May 2022

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• Nationwide insulation programme needed to help bring down soaring energy bills, says Friends of the Earth Reacting to news that the cost of living has increased at its fastest rate for four decades, Connor Schwartz, climate lead at Friends of the …

Shell profits – Windfall tax call by Friends of the Earth

5th May 2022

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Reacting to the bumper profits announced today by Shell, Friends of the Earth campaigner Connor Schwartz, said: “While giant fossil fuel firms like Shell post massive profits, millions of people are struggling with sky-rocketing energy bills and living in heat …

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