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.

Climate diplomacy could help put out Amazon fires

Devastation wrought by a record number of wildfires in Brazil’s Amazon region has prompted widespread condemnation of President Jair Bolsonaro’s environmental policies, amidst weakened regulations and the worsening climate crisis. Continue reading

23rd Aug 2019
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Cuadrilla breaks earthquake safety regulations within 6 days, Friends of the Earth says clearly time for climate-wrecking industry to be banned

An earthquake measuring 1.6 on the Richter scale has led to Cuadrilla halting fracking operations in Lancashire, less than a week after resuming. Earthquake regulations are in place to protect the safety of local communities. Continue reading

22nd Aug 2019
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As fracking resumes, Friends of the Earth calls for ban

Cuadrilla has restarted its fracking activity in Lancashire today despite the escalating climate crisis and the fact that drilling operations have led to earthquakes. Continue reading

15th Aug 2019
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First-time demonstrators: Friends of the Earth’s top tips.

Over the past couple of years demonstrations in the UK have seen a resurgence in popularity, and the Global Climate Strikes in September 2019 are likely to attract hundreds of thousands of people –young and old. Despite the friendly atmosphere, it’s not uncommon to be nervous or unsure – especially if you’re a first-timer. Continue reading

 
 
14th Aug 2019
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UN conference brings climate scrutiny to UK

Claire Perry MP has announced today that Glasgow will host the UN international climate conference – Conference of the Parties (COP26) – in late 2020, assuming that the UK is confirmed as host country. Continue reading

9th Aug 2019
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Friends of the Earth issues warning on land abuse following IPCC report on climate change

As the IPCC releases a special report (8th August 2019) on land usage and climate change, Friends of the Earth is calling for land to be put to better use in the fight against climate breakdown. The environmental group is calling for measures including doubling tree cover and moving away from intensive farming methods that devour land and are responsible for huge amounts of climate-wrecking emissions. Continue reading

8th Aug 2019
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July 2019 warmest month on record: Friends of the Earth calls on politicians to take action on further climate breakdown

“Extreme heat like this costs lives, and we’re at risk of what is currently defined as extreme becoming the new normal” Continue reading

5th Aug 2019
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Earth overshoot day is today: earlier than it’s ever been.

Today (29 July) marks the date that all of earth’s natural resources will be used up for the year – overshooting what can be replenished by more than five months. The day keeps creeping earlier in the year – in 2019 overshoot day is the earliest it’s ever fallen. Continue reading

29th Jul 2019
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Extreme heat a stark warning to Boris Johnson, says Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth is urging Boris Johnson to put responding to the climate emergency at the heart of his new government after the UK’s maximum temperature record for July was broken, and the Met Office warned that the all-time UK record may be recorded later today. Continue reading

25th Jul 2019
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UK gears up for hottest ever day, Friends of the Earth calls for more trees to protect us from extreme heat

“Having more trees in our towns and cities will lower temperatures, provide shade and absorb carbon emissions to help avert climate breakdown in the first place.” Continue reading

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PM Johnson, deal with the climate emergency

“Boris Johnson said he’d ‘lie down in front of the bulldozers’ to prevent a third runway at Heathrow. Now he has the power to cancel this polluting project along with other climate disasters like fracking. And he must.” Continue reading

23rd Jul 2019
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Court of Appeal to hear application for further challenge to climate-wrecking Heathrow expansion

“This case is about saving the planet from catastrophic climate change. We need to leave the world in a better state for our children and their children, not a worse one.” Continue reading

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Campaigners call on GM Pension Fund to divest from climate-wrecking fossil fuel investments (Fossil Free Greater Manchester)

Today (Friday 19th July) a noisy protest outside the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) offices called for the Pension Fund to join the growing global movement to respond to the climate emergency by divesting from climate-wrecking fossil fuels within 2 years Continue reading

19th Jul 2019
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Campaigners call on GM Pension Fund to help tackle the climate crisis (Fossil Free Greater Manchester)

Campaigners will demand that Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) join the growing movement to tackle climate change when they gather at the Fund’s offices at 12.30 on 19 July Continue reading

17th Jul 2019
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Reaction to Michael Gove’s speech on reversing nature decline and fighting climate breakdown

Alongside throwing out emissions disasters like airport expansion and fracking it’s crucial that the next government supports plans to double tree cover in the UK Continue reading

16th Jul 2019
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Next PM has 18 months to act on climate crisis – reaction

UK credibility on climate change rests on government action over next 18 months, the Committee on Climate Change [CCC] says today . Continue reading

10th Jul 2019
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Friends of the Earth reacts to new plans for fracking in Lancashire

Fossil fuel company Aurora today (Wednesday 10 July) submitted plans to drill and frack two wells at a site in Great Altcar, Lancashire. Continue reading

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Plant more trees to protect us from extreme heat, says Friends of the Earth as temperatures soar

With heat-related health warnings in place across Europe, and temperatures in the UK set to soar today (29.06), Friends of the Earth is calling for increased tree cover to help protect people from the impact of extreme heat and avert climate breakdown. Continue reading

 
 
29th Jun 2019
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We need a transport revolution, as UK passes net zero emissions law

Friends of the Earth has released a new study showing that for the UK to deliver on its new net zero greenhouse gas target, a 20% reduction in car travel needs to be a reality in the next 11 years. Further, 100% of new cars need to be electric, and flights will have to be reduced by around 18% Continue reading

27th Jun 2019
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Friends of the Earth commences High Court action against Cuadrilla over ‘unlawful’ anti-protest injunction

“Injunctions such as that granted to Cuadrilla, raise very significant human rights issues and are a sinister attempt to use the law to stop peaceful protest against the fracking industry.” Continue reading

25th Jun 2019
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