Press and Media

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.

Parents install airplane style ‘oxygen masks’ at local bus stop to highlight toxic Manchester streets

A group of parents have installed airplane style ‘oxygen masks’ at their local bus stop to highlight the toxic air on UK streets. The masks drop down when air pollution reaches dangerous levels. With 83% of UK parents worried about the effect of air pollution* on their families the group are calling for urgent action to reduce air pollution, such as the inclusion of the most polluting private cars in the Clean Air Zone for Greater Manchester. Continue reading

8th Nov 2019
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The UK’s Pathway to Net-Zero: where do Greater Manchester local authorities come in?

Manchester Friends of the Earth invite people to a discussion evening on Monday 11th November with Mike Childs, Head of Science, Policy and Research at Friends of the Earth (FoE) who will outline the UK’s pathway for achieving net-zero greenhouse emissions – exploring what will need to happen to transport, power, buildings, land-use, industry, waste, shipping and aviation to get us there. Continue reading

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Switching to a green energy supplier is cheaper and easier than you think says Friends of the Earth.

Environmental campaign group calls on Britons to make a green energy switch this November Continue reading

6th Nov 2019
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Government halts fracking: Friends of the Earth reaction

A moratorium on fracking in England, announced today by the government, has been warmly welcomed by Friends of the Earth. Continue reading

2nd Nov 2019
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Government to ban moorland burning – Friends of the Earth reaction

A Government pledge to ban moorland burning on blanket peat bog has been welcomed by Friends of the Earth. Continue reading

29th Oct 2019
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Green number plates

Here’s what we think about green number plates for electric cars under government plans to encourage more zero-emission vehicles. Continue reading

23rd Oct 2019
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National Audit Office report on fracking – Friends of the Earth response

“This is a quietly critical report that doesn’t give the fracking industry any revived sense of hope. The NAO have several concerns including the mark-your-own-homework approach to regulation and the lack of clarity over who should be responsible for clean-up costs if fracking ever got going. Continue reading

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Halt damaging Arundel bypass – Friends of the Earth CEO writes to Transport Secretary

Friends of the Earth chief executive, Craig Bennett has written to Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport, urging him to halt plans to build an Arundel bypass because of its environmental and community impacts. A consultation into the route ends this Thursday (24 October). Continue reading

21st Oct 2019
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Withdrawal Deal a “significant threat to the environment” – says Friends of the Earth

“Boris Johnson’s renegotiated Withdrawal Deal is a significant threat to the environment after Brexit. While not as catastrophic as a No-Deal departure, it is worse than Theresa May’s deal which had a binding commitment to maintain environmental standards during the transition period, and if a trade deal with the EU hadn’t been finalised. Continue reading

 
 
18th Oct 2019
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PM to chair cabinet committee on climate change – reaction

Government challenged to reverse climate-wrecking policies. Continue reading

17th Oct 2019
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Court of Appeal to hear Friends of the Earth’s climate case against Heathrow third runway

Friends of the Earth will today (17th October) take its legal case against Heathrow’s third runway plans to the Court of Appeal. Continue reading

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Environment Bill – Friends of the Earth reaction

Absence of guarantee to maintain existing environmental safeguards slammed Continue reading

15th Oct 2019
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Stripped-back Trade Bill a threat to people and planet – says Friends of the Earth.

“MPs have declared a climate emergency, and our planet is facing an ecological crisis, so the government should put our environment at the heart of policy making – including new post-Brexit trade deals.” Continue reading

 
 
14th Oct 2019
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Polling reveals that nearly two thirds of Britons are concerned about the climate impact of Heathrow expansion.

“Heathrow’s third runway project is fuelled by government climate hypocrisy. It would be an emissions disaster and doesn’t even have the public backing that the planners like to assume it has. ” Continue reading

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Friends of the Earth calls for Highways Agency to be scrapped

Manchester Friends of the Earth has joined the call for Highways England to be scrapped and to replaced with an agency that looks at transport in the round. Continue reading

8th Oct 2019
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Arundel Bypass: Friends of the Earth continues challenge to scheme, and calls for Highways England to be scrapped

Friends of the Earth chief executive to challenge Highways England over ‘disastrous’ Arundel Bypass plans Continue reading

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Climate campaigners urge Trafford Council to call on GM Pension Fund to stop funding fossil fuels

Climate campaigners are urging Trafford councillors to support a motion calling on the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) to stop funding fossil fuel companies at the Trafford Council meeting on Wednesday 9th October. Continue reading

7th Oct 2019
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Revealed: climate-friendly councils in the North West

Salford has topped the table of the most climate-friendly councils in the North West, according to new research by Friends of the Earth released today (Thursday 3 October) with Pendle and Ribble Valley councils not doing so well. Continue reading

3rd Oct 2019
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No more fracking at Lancashire site before planning permission ends

News that fracking will not take place at Preston New Road before current planning permission expires at the end of November, has been welcomed by Friends of the Earth. Continue reading

1st Oct 2019
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Final woodland statistics 2019: Friends of the Earth calls for huge boost to tree planting

“The government shouts from the rooftops about fighting climate breakdown and protecting the world’s forests but is completely failing on trees right under its nose.” Continue reading

26th Sep 2019
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