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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.

Urgent Action needed to Clean Up Greater Manchester’s illegal air pollution

news release
8th Oct 2020

Environmental campaigners and local parents are calling for more urgent and ambitious action to clean up air in Greater Manchester, as a consultation on a future Clean Air Zone is launched today (8 October).

Heathrow Third Runway: Friends of the Earth in Supreme Court to defend historic victory

news release
7th Oct 2020

“The UK must invest in low-carbon, resilient infrastructure and create green jobs in sectors such as clean transport, renewable energy and home insulation.” Jenny Bates, Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth reacts to Cumbrian coal mine application, after council gives approval

news release
3rd Oct 2020

The government should ‘call in’ a planning application for a controversial coal mine in Cumbria, Friends of the Earth said today, following a decision by the county council to approve it.

England’s not so green and pleasant land: millions can only access green space size of garden shed

news release
16th Sep 2020

Friends of the Earth identifies the 1,257 neighbourhoods that are most green space deprived in England, with 1 in 5 people struggling to access green space.

Druridge Bay: Planning permission for environmentally unacceptable opencast coal mine rejected – Friends of the Earth reaction

news release
8th Sep 2020

Today’s decision by Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick to refuse planning permission for a controversial opencast coal mine at Druridge Bay, has been welcomed by Friends of the Earth.

Planning reforms are bad news for communities and environment

news release
6th Aug 2020

Responding to government plans revealed today to overhaul the planning system, Kate Gordon, senior planner at Friends of the Earth, said: “These planning reforms are bad news for our communities, climate, and local democracy.

Mapped: more than one thousand locations in England still breaching air pollution limits

news release
29th Jul 2020

A data audit* by Friends of the Earth has revealed the 1,360 sites across England that have breached the annual Air Quality Objective for Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) levels, which are set to protect health.

Revealed: unpublished government data shows England has enough land to triple tree cover

news release
23rd Jul 2020

Friends of the Earth has analysed unpublished Forestry Commission data and found that there is enough suitable land in England to triple tree cover in England, without impacting on other Priority Habitats such as peat bogs.

“A worrying hole where clarity and understanding should have been”: Friends of the Earth reacts to George Eustice pledge for nature to be at heart of green recovery

news release
20th Jul 2020

Environment group calls for more clarity on plans to protect the environment Friends of the Earth is also calling on the government not to water down planning laws that protect the environment.

Stop the Toxic US Trade Talks: Campaigners take huge open letter to Secretary of State, Liz Truss

news release
16th Jul 2020

Friends of the Earth has raised deep concerns about proceeding with trade negotiations with the US during the current COVID-19 pandemic. This is the worst possible time to try and conclude any kind of deal, particularly with the US.

“CALLOUS, CYNICAL AND POINTLESS” MAG to appeal council’s refusal of Stansted expansion proposals (Stop Stansted Expansion group)

news release
13th Jul 2020

Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) Chairman, Peter Sanders, has described yesterday’s announcement from the Manchester Airport Group (MAG) of its intention to appeal against the council’s refusal of its Stansted Airport expansion proposals as “callous, cynical and pointless”.

Chancellor’s ‘green’ recovery speech – Friends of the Earth reaction

news release
8th Jul 2020

Today in his speech the Chancellor announced support intended to drive a 'green' recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, but despite positive steps for home energy efficiency huge gaps remain in this government's plan for building a more sustainable future.

PM economic recovery speech: Friends of the Earth reaction

news release
30th Jun 2020

Responding to the Prime Minister’s economic recovery speech today, Friends of the Earth campaigner Muna Suleiman said:

PM speech: Green and fair recovery essential – Friends of the Earth

news release
29th Jun 2020

The Prime Minister must put the environment at the heart of his economic recovery plans, says Friends of the Earth ahead of a keynote speech by Mr Johnson tomorrow (Tuesday).

English Tree Strategy consultation launched: Friends of the Earth challenges lack of target

news release
19th Jun 2020

Strategy will be used to decide how the £640 million ‘nature for climate fund’ will be spent to deliver on tree planting commitments Friends of the Earth is campaigning to double tree cover as part of the fight against climate and nature breakdown  The government …

Global CO2 emissions dropped by 17% amid coronavirus lockdowns – Friends of the Earth reaction

news release
20th May 2020

New research published today in the journal Nature Climate Change has shown that daily global carbon emissions fell by 17% in early April 2020 compared to 2019, with full-year 2020 emissions set to decrease by up to 7%, depending on further social distancing.

Heathrow Third Runway: Friends of the Earth to challenge developers’ Supreme Court appeal

news release
7th May 2020

“It is especially important now, as we plan for a future after the dreadful Covid-19 pandemic, that the UK invests in low-carbon, resilient infrastructure. A new runway at Heathrow is the opposite of what we need to be building.” Jenny Bates, Friends of the Earth

Climate action ‘central’ to rebuilding economy, say government advisers – Friends of the Earth reaction

news release
6th May 2020

Reacting to today’s letter to the Prime Minister from the Committee on Climate Change calling for a “green” package of measures to rebuild the economy, Mike Childs, head of science at Friends of the Earth, said:

Green post-pandemic recovery will deliver more jobs – Friends of the Earth reaction

news release
5th May 2020

Reacting to today’s study, which says that investing in green measures to boost economies post-pandemic will create more jobs and better financial returns, Friends of the Earth campaigner Tony Bosworth said:

Campaigners welcome plans to pedestrianise Deansgate and call on Government to relax side-road zebra crossing rules

news release
2nd May 2020

Manchester Friends of the Earth welcomes the plans announced by Manchester City Council to pedestrianise part of Deansgate and to create extended footways in other busy areas of Manchester, and calls on the Government to allow councils to install side-road zebra crossings without expensive Belisha beacons. [1]

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