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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]

Group coordinators:

  • Ali Abbas: 07786 090520, ali[at]
  • Catherine Thomson: cat[at]

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

View our news releases and coverage in the media.

News Releases

Campaigners to challenge UK government support for climate-wrecking fossil fuels as Conservatives meet in Manchester

4th Oct 2021

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Local environmental campaigners will be gathering outside the Conservative Party conference on Monday (4 October), with an eye-catching giant oil rig, to highlight the government’s continued support for climate-wrecking fossil fuels in the UK and overseas. The campaigners from Manchester …

International Coffee Day: “Set the alarm, wake up and smell the coffee in your reusable cup”

1st Oct 2021

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City to Sea and Friends of the Earth press release Environmental organisations Friends of the Earth and City to Sea are joining forces this International Coffee Day to highlight the plastic pollution caused by single-use coffee cups. As many return …

Government must make it easier for councils to get to grips with the climate crisis, says Friends of the Earth

13th Aug 2021

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BBC survey finds almost 9 out of 10 councils have declared a climate emergency but more than a third support policies that increase emissions

IPCC climate report - Friends of the Earth reaction

9th Aug 2021

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Reacting to the landmark UN climate report published today, Connor Schwartz, climate lead at Friends of the Earth, said:

End of UK coal power bought forward - Friends of the Earth reaction

30th Jun 2021

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Reacting to news that from 1 October 2024 the UK will no longer use coal to generate electricity, a year earlier than planned, Friends of the Earth energy campaigner, Tony Bosworth, said:

Time is running out for realistic climate commitments warns government climate advisor – Friends of the Earth reaction

24th Jun 2021

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Reacting to the Committee on Climate Change’s progress report to Parliament, published today, Friends of the Earth’s policy head Mike Childs said:

Historic victory: judge forces Shell to drastically reduce CO2 emissions.

26th May 2021

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The Hague, 26 May 2021 - For the first time in history, a judge has held a corporation liable for causing dangerous climate change. Today, as a result of legal action brought by Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie) together with 17,000 co-plaintiffs and six other organisations, the court in The Hague ruled that Shell must reduce its CO2 emissions by 45% within 10 years. This historic verdict has enormous consequences for Shell and other big polluters globally.

Court verdict due on historic climate case against Shell: Wednesday 26 May

25th May 2021

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A verdict for the case is due tomorrow, 26 May, at 14:00 BST (15:00 CET) Friends of the Earth Netherlands/International and lawyers will provide comment immediately following the verdict and a press conference will be held via zoom

Plastic bag charge increases to 10p: ministers must rapidly expand scheme to cut plastic pollution

21st May 2021

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Government urged to set legally-binding targets to reduce unnecessary plastic pollution Plastic bags “just a tiny drop in a heavily polluted ocean”, says Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth reaction to government announcement on trees and peatland

18th May 2021

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Environment group points out that tree plan just rehashes government’s current unambitious targets New target on ending sales of peat for gardening use is good but government has already missed its original one, and plans to restore damaged peatlands are …

Tree planting rates to treble by end of current Parliament – Friends of the Earth reaction

16th May 2021

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Environment group points out that England will deliver less than a quarter of planting target for UK, and that plan fails to rise to the challenge of the climate and nature crisis

Reliance on coal must end, says Alok Sharma – Friends of the Earth reacts

14th May 2021

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Responding to the president of the UN climate talks, Alok Sharma, who today urged nations to “consign coal to history” ahead of November’s summit, Friends of the Earth climate campaigner Rachel Kennerley said:

“Case for Cumbrian coal mine at its weakest”: Friends of the Earth reacts to council withdrawing support for Whitehaven coal

6th May 2021

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Cumbria County Council has shared its Statement of Case a day ahead of the Planning Inspector's deadline, now saying it is neutral with regard to the mine: neither for or against the application.

News release: Climate and ecological emergency should be deal breaker in all council actions, say local election candidates

5th May 2021

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With one day of campaigning 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 globally.

Coroner calls for government action on air pollution targets – Friends of the Earth reaction

21st Apr 2021

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A coroner’s call for the government to address his concerns over existing weak air pollution targets, following the tragic death of nine-year-old Ella Kissi-Debrah after a fatal asthma attack, has been welcomed by Friends of the Earth.

Mozambique gas project: High Court to hear application for legal challenge over UK government financial support

21st Apr 2021

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Burning gas from plant each year could equal climate-wrecking emissions from EU aviation sector

UK to toughen climate targets – Friends of the Earth reaction

20th Apr 2021

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Commenting on the UK government’s expected decision to strengthen its targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions for the next 15 years, Friends of the Earth climate campaigner Connor Schwartz said

Youth-led hustings puts Mayoral candidates under spotlight on climate

3rd Apr 2021

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Over 100 people attended the Greater Manchester Climate and Environment Hustings on Thursday evening (1 st April), to hear candidates Andy Burnham (Labour), Melanie Horrocks (Green) and Simon Lepori (Liberal Democrats) set out their commitments to address the climate and ecological emergencies if they are elected Mayor of Greater Manchester on 6th May.

Deposit Return Scheme consultation - Friends of the Earth reaction

24th Mar 2021

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A comprehensive Deposit Return Scheme [DRS] could be a game-changer in efforts to reduce the huge number of discarded plastic bottles that blight our environment – but it must include all drinks containers of all sizes, Friends of the Earth said today.

Government ban on UK funding of overseas fossil fuel projects: Friends of the Earth warns that exemptions would be disastrous

24th Mar 2021

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Reacting to news that the UK government is to ban funding of fossil fuel projects overseas, Rachel Kennerley, climate campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said:

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