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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:

Amy Berrisford & Catherine Thomson: coords[at]

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News Releases

COP28: UK govt announces new global deforestation law – Friends of the Earth reaction

9th Dec 2023

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Responding to the UK government’s latest announcement out of the UN climate talks in Dubai, that it will bring in new legislation to address the UK’s contribution to global deforestation and biodiversity loss, Clare Oxborrow, forests campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said:“The …

First anniversary of Cumbrian coal mine decision: Govt urged to withdraw support for project 

7th Dec 2023

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The case for a new coal mine in Cumbia is collapsing and the government should withdraw its support, Friends of the Earth said today, on the first anniversary of the government’s decision to give the highly controversial mine the green …

COP28: Sunak's policy failures are derailing a crucial international climate target - new research 

6th Dec 2023

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The Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s repeated pledge to honour a key international climate commitment is veering dangerously off track – and the emissions gap has grown enormously under his leadership, new analysis by Friends of the Earth – published in today’s …

Rishi Sunak’s climate speech - Friends of the Earth comment

1st Dec 2023

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Commenting on Rishi Sunak’s speech at the climate summit in Dubai, Friends of the Earth’s international climate campaigner, Rachel Kennerley, who is attending the climate talks in Dubai, said: “Rishi Sunak’s call for tougher action on climate change is completely undermined by …

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Protesters accuse GM Pension Fund of funding the climate crisis (Fossil Free Greater Manchester)

1st Dec 2023

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Unison members, pensioners and other campaigners are making a noise in Droylsden today outside a meeting of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF). They claim the Fund is persistently ignoring the calls of Fund members and Unison representatives to get …

Locals will ‘Warm Up’ in Manchester City Centre, demanding Government action on fuel poverty.

30th Nov 2023

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1st December 2023 For questions contact  Local people struggling to heat their homes plan to hold a Warm Up protest, demanding the government take immediate action on UK fuel poverty. They point to damning subsidies and profits for fossil fuel …

COP28: Time running out to avert catastrophic climate change

30th Nov 2023

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Commenting on the COP28 climate summit in Dubai, which starts later today (Thursday 30 October), Rachel Kennerley, international climate campaigner at Friends of the Earth, who is attending the talks, said: “With communities across the world increasingly battered by devastating floods, …

Bus services outside London plummet – new research (reissued)

28th Nov 2023

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Friends of the Earth press release: Reissued with updated data*  Regional data is available here.  Bus services outside of London have seen a staggering decline over the past 15 years, with provision plummeting by more than 60% in 80 local authority …

Campaigners unite to demand warm homes for all in Greater Manchester.

16th Nov 2023

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* On Friday 17th November, Manchester Friends of the Earth members will be joining Afzal Khan MP at Trinity House Community Resource Centre, Rusholme for a School COP28 event where we will be holding a community crafting session with school staff and children to co-create …

New Environment Secretary appointed in reshuffle – Friends of the Earth reaction

13th Nov 2023

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Reacting to the news that Steve Barclay has replaced Thérèse Coffey as Environment Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Cabinet reshuffle, Paul de Zylva, nature campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said: “Thérèse Coffey’s time as Environment Secretary was mired in controversy. Her lasting legacy will …

King’s speech – Friends of the Earth reaction

7th Nov 2023

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Responding to the King’s speech, which marks the start of the parliamentary year and serves as an opportunity for the government to set out its priorities for the coming months, Jamie Peters, climate coordinator at Friends of the Earth, said: “If …

Shell quarterly profits – Friends of the Earth reaction

2nd Nov 2023

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As the oil and gas giant Shell posts quarterly profits of £5.1bn, Imogen Dow, warm homes campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said:“Buoyed by last year’s bumper profits – the biggest in Shell’s history – the company is going full steam …

Government faces human rights legal challenge over failing to protect frontline communities from escalating impacts of climate crisis

2nd Nov 2023

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A disability rights activist, a campaigner fighting to save his home from coastal erosion, and the environmental justice group, Friends of the Earth, are taking the government to court over its ‘unlawful’ climate adaptation plans. The claimants filed their legal …

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Fossil fuel pension protest in Bury (Fossil Free Greater Manchester)

27th Oct 2023

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Unison members and other campaigners are in Bury today outside a meeting of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. They want the Mayor and Council Leaders to call on their Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) to get rid of its climate-damaging …

Govt responds to Environmental Audit Committee and CCC over net zero policies – Friends of the Earth reaction

26th Oct 2023

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After announcing plans to weaken a number of green policies last month, the government has today issued a response to the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), which requested further information about the how the changes will impact on the UK’s climate targets. …

REVEALED: £16billion in local government pensions fuelling climate crisis (Platform and Friends of the Earth press release)

23rd Oct 2023

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 ·  £16 billion invested into fossil fuel industry by LGPS  ·  Over £8 billion funding new oil and gas exploration ·  Varied approach to fossil fuel funding; o Just 10% of funds hold 50% of investment in fossil fuels o Schemes in Wales & London …

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News release: Demonstrators take life-size elephant to Pension Conference that is ignoring climate science (Fossil Free GM and Extinction Rebellion)

18th Oct 2023

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Extinction Rebellion and Fossil Free GM are demonstrating outside a major pension conference in Manchester on Wednesday morning 18th October [07.45 – 09.15].  Accompanied by a life-size model elephant the demonstrators will be calling out the “elephant in the room”: …

Friends of the Earth seeks disclosure of recommendation by government officials about controversial coal mine

17th Oct 2023

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Friends of the Earth is going to the High Court on Tuesday (17 October) [1] to try to obtain the advice and recommendation departmental officials gave to Michael Gove before he granted planning permission to a controversial new coal mine in Cumbria, …

Climate Change Committee’s assessment of Sunak’s net zero U-turns – Friends of the Earth response

12th Oct 2023

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Responding to the Climate Change Committee’s assessment of recent announcements on net zero from the Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Danny Gross, climate campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said: “This assessment highlights the glaring inconsistencies between the government’s rhetoric and action. …

Labour Leader Keir Starmer’s conference speech  – Friends of the Earth reaction

10th Oct 2023

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***Friends of the Earth spokespeople are available for interview or briefing at Labour Party Conference*** With Labour Party Conference entering its final stretch, Keir Starmer addressed delegates in Liverpool today to set out his vision for the next Labour government …

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