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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

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 …

Local elections 2022: Will election candidates make climate a priority this election? #LE2022

3rd May 2022

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With one day of campaigning to go before the local elections in Greater Manchester,  Manchester Friends of the Earth welcomes the cross-party support from candidates for urgent action on climate change and other environmental challenges facing us locally, nationally and …

BP Profits – Friends of the Earth calls for windfall tax

3rd May 2022

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Reacting to BP’s huge profit announcement today, Friends of the Earth energy campaigner, Sana Yusuf, said:  “It’s astonishing that companies like BP are allowed to rake in huge profits while people up and down the country are struggling with soaring …

Cumbrian coal mine: Leading green NGOs urge Michael Gove to reject Whitehaven mine

26th Apr 2022

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Green steel is the future, say environmental groups Cumbrian coal would not replace Russian imports The chief executives of 14 of the UK’s leading environmental organisations have written to Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, urging him …

News release: Local elections 2022: Make climate a priority this election

22nd Apr 2022

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Ahead of the local elections, Manchester Friends of the Earth are asking all candidates standing for election across Greater Manchester to let voters know what they think about key environmental issues. (1)On Thursday May 5th, people have the opportunity to vote for the local councillors to …

North West: Govt urged to help thousands of households save energy and slash soaring bills

8th Apr 2022

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Nearly 2 million North West homes poorly insulated, data shows A by-council breakdown of poorly insulated homes across England is available here Government urged to revisit Energy Security Strategy after admitting it won’t cut bills for five years The government is …

Energy efficiency and renewables must be at the heart of Energy Security Strategy, says Friends of the Earth

6th Apr 2022

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*** Friends of the Earth spokespeople available for interview ***  The rapid expansion of the UK’s vast renewable resources, including onshore wind, and a nationwide energy efficiency drive should be the cornerstone of the government’s Energy Security Strategy, which is …

IPCC Report: “We cannot entertain the idea of 1.5 degrees of warming” – Friends of the Earth reaction

4th Apr 2022

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Responding to the IPCC’s latest report focusing on climate change mitigation, Rachel Kennerley, international climate campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said: “We cannot entertain the idea of 1.5 degrees of warming, not even temporarily, because there’s no knowing how …

Energy price cap rise: major home insulation programme would slash bills of nearly eight million households, says Friends of the Earth

1st Apr 2022

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New data analysis identifies the number of homes by local authority area and parliamentary constituency that would benefit from the rapid rollout of loft and/or cavity wall insulation. Top 20 league tables are available here and here, and the data for all areas …

Fracking: regulators lift order requiring Cuadrilla to plug its shale wells by the end of June

31st Mar 2022

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Responding to the news that the UK’s only shale gas wells will not be sealed up by June 2022 as previously planned, Danny Gross, energy campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said: “Leaving the door open to fracking on the …

Spring Statement - Friends of the Earth reaction

23rd Mar 2022

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Commenting on the Chancellor’s Spring Statement, Friends of the Earth’s head of policy, Mike Childs, said:   “It’s astonishing that the Chancellor continues to allow fossil fuel firms to rake in enormous profits while cash-strapped households struggle with their bills.   “A windfall tax …

Shell reportedly reconsidering decision to pull out of Cambo oilfield development - Friends of the Earth reaction

22nd Mar 2022

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Commenting on reports that Shell may be reconsidering its decision to pull out of the controversial Cambo oilfield development, Friends of the Earth energy campaigner, Danny Gross, said:   “Developing the Cambo oilfield would do nothing to reduce soaring fuel bills. …

Friends of the Earth's statement on the unjust war in Ukraine

20th Mar 2022

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Read Friends of the Earth’s reaction to the unjust war in Ukraine and find out where we think focus and support should be directed. Like many of you, we’ve been watching in despair at the horrors unfolding in Ukraine. Our …

Court of Appeal to hear Mozambique gas legal challenge

16th Mar 2022

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Stark disagreement between two High Court judges prevents Friends of the Earth’s case from succeeding However, Justice Thornton concluded that the government had “no rational basis” to deem the project’s financing consistent with the Paris Agreement, making it “unreasonable” and therefore …

Mozambique LNG project: High Court judges split over government’s decision to fund disastrous gas development

15th Mar 2022

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Stark disagreement between two High Court judges over case brought by Friends of the Earth leaves outcome hanging in the balance However Justice Thornton concluded that the government had “no rational basis” to deem the project’s financing consistent with the …

North West local authorities showing the way forward on climate – here’s how others can do the same (Friends of the Earth)

10th Mar 2022

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Warrington, Manchester and Liverpool councils among those celebrated by Friends of the Earth and Ashden for local authority action on climate Full list of council case studies can be viewed here Accompanying photos can be downloaded here Local authorities in the North …

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