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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

"Shocking" and "lacklustre" commitments not enough: Friends of the Earth takes government to court over weak and inadequate climate strategies

12th Jan 2022

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The Net Zero Strategy (NZS), published in October 2021, does not comply with requirements under the Climate Change Act 2008 [1]The Heat and Buildings Strategy, published at the same time and referred to in the NZS, did not consider impact …

Mozambique LNG judicial review: “hard to see how the UK can retain anything left of its credibility”

9th Dec 2021

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At a judicial review brought to the High Court by the environmental campaign group Friends of the Earth this week, the government has been challenged over the financing of a massive liquified natural gas (LNG) development in Mozambique that it …

UK government taken to court over financing of controversial gas mega-project in Mozambique

7th Dec 2021

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Decision to approve $1.15bn (approx. £850 million) of financing for the Mozambique liquified natural gas (LNG) project to be examined at a Judicial Review Case will be heard at the High Court from 7th – 9th December 2021 Campaigners will …

COP26: The Road to 1.5 Just Got Harder With Glasgow Get-Out Clause

14th Nov 2021

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For the past fortnight, climate talks have turned Glasgow into an international hub for the world’s leaders, negotiators, observers and activists. Today (13 November), the summit culminates as a delayed cover decision with the consensus of all nations is published.  Responding …

Horse Hill: Court of Appeal to hear challenge over controversial oil drilling permission

9th Nov 2021

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The Court of Appeal will hear a legal challenge on Tuesday 16 November 2021 to Surrey County Council’s controversial decision to grant planning permission for oil drilling at Horse Hill, in greenbelt countryside in Surrey.   The challenge has been brought by Sarah …

COP: UK claims to lead governments in new pledges to protect nature, Friends of the Earth response

6th Nov 2021

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Forty five governments at the UN climate summit in Glasgow have today pledged ‘urgent action’ and financial investment to protect nature and move to sustainable farming at the COP26 Nature and Land-Use Day. Kirtana Chandrasekaran, Friends of the Earth International …

From Scotland to Sarawak: pop-up exhibition spotlights global stories of climate resistance

5th Nov 2021

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Free event runs from 5th – 12th November 2021 at the Tramway in Glasgow High resolution photographs from the exhibition can be downloaded here The world’s most powerful and photographed leaders have been gathering in Glasgow for COP26. From Friday 5th …

Key countries pledge to divest from fossil fuels finance overseas

4th Nov 2021

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Countries committed today at the global climate summit in Glasgow to take billions of dollars out of fossil fuel projects by the end of 2022.   Miriam Turner, co-executive director at Friends of the Earth, said:   “This is a welcome commitment which will …

Spending Review ‘shockingly bad’, says Friends of the Earth

27th Oct 2021

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Commenting on today’s budget and spending review, Friends of the Earth’s head of policy, Mike Childs, said:  “With only days to go before Boris Johnson hosts crucial talks in Glasgow, this financial announcement was shockingly bad, and will do little to …

UK should stop investing in overseas fossil fuel sector, says committee of MPs – Friends of the Earth reaction

26th Oct 2021

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Commenting on today’s report by the House of Commons International Development Committee calling on the UK government to stop investing in the fossil fuel sector, Friends of the Earth’s international climate campaigner Rachel Kennerley, said: “The UK government won’t be …

Heat and Building Strategy released: “It’s a start, just not a very good one”

19th Oct 2021

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Heat and Building Strategy released: “It’s a start, just not a very good one”  The Government has today set out plans meant to incentivise installation of low-carbon heating systems in its Heat and Buildings Strategy. Reacting for Friends of the …

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

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