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.

General Election Manifestos: Labour tops Friends of the Earth’s climate and nature league table

Next government must put climate and ecological crisis at top of the agenda, says Friends of the Earth Continue reading

7th Dec 2019
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One third of parliamentary candidates pledge to make the climate a deal-breaker if elected

Over 1,000 prospective parliamentary candidates (1,031 as of 05/12/19) out of 3,006 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have taken a Friends of the Earth pledge to make the climate crisis a deal-breaker in how they would vote in parliament if elected. Continue reading

5th Dec 2019
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Friends of the Earth reacts to Labour Party’s pledge to plant two billion trees by 2040

Responding to the Labour Party’s ‘Plan for Nature’ (to be delivered in speech by Jeremy Corbyn at 11am on 28.11) Guy Shrubsole, tree campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said: Continue reading

27th Nov 2019
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Climate and Nature emergencies: Voters need to know where their Greater Manchester Parliamentary candidates stand

Thursday 28th November will see the first #ClimateNatureDebate held during a General Election campaign.[1] Continue reading

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Conservative manifesto – Friends of the Earth reaction

Commenting on the Conservative Party General Election manifesto launched yesterday (24 November), Dave Timms, Head of Political Affairs at Friends of the Earth, said: Continue reading

 
 
25th Nov 2019
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National Tree Week: Friends of the Earth reveals areas with lowest tree cover are neglected by government tree planting

With National Tree Week – and the winter tree planting season underway (started 23rd November), Friends of the Earth has today (25 Nov) revealed the areas in England with the lowest levels of tree cover. The organisation has combined historic data from Bluesky’s National Tree Map™ with data on government funded tree planting in England between 2010 and 2018 – highlighting that many of the places with low tree cover have done little in recent years to put this right. Continue reading

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Community Calls on Tameside Council to Up its Game in Response to Climate Emergency

Thursday 28th November will see the launch of a new group in Tameside dedicated to acting to prevent climate breakdown, amid concerns the council is not taking the urgent actions necessary. Continue reading

24th Nov 2019
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Labour manifesto – Friends of the Earth reaction

Commenting on the Labour Party General Election manifesto launched today (21 November), Dave Timms, Head of Political Affairs at Friends of the Earth said: Continue reading

 
 
21st Nov 2019
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Climate put centre stage with its own TV election debate

Following a campaign from students, activists and green groups Channel 4 have today (21 November) announced they are hosting a general election TV debate dedicated to the climate. Continue reading

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More Trees Please – Join City of Trees and Friends of the Earth to plant 500 trees in Sunnybank Park, Tameside

With National Tree Week – and the winter tree planting season – starting on 23rd November, Manchester Friends of the Earth are joining forces with City of Trees and Tameside Council to plant 500 trees in Sunnybank Park, Droylsden on Sunday 24th November. Continue reading

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Liberal Democrat manifesto – Friends of the Earth reaction

Commenting on the General Election manifesto launched today (20 November) by the Liberal Democrats, Dave Timms, Head of Political Affairs at Friends of the Earth said: Continue reading

 
 
20th Nov 2019
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Friends of the Earth reaction to Green Party Manifesto

Dave Timms, Head of Political Affairs at Friends of the Earth said:

“This manifesto throws down the green gauntlet to the other parties. It sets out in detail a massive and urgent response to the climate emergency that encompasses radical change from the most detailed local policies to international interventions. Continue reading

 
 
19th Nov 2019
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World COPD day – Greater Manchester needs clean air!

Ahead of world COPD day on Wednesday 20th November, Manchester Friends of the Earth are calling on all candidates seeking to be elected as Greater Manchester MPs to support urgent action to reduce the illegal levels of air pollution across Greater Manchester. [1] Continue reading

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More Trees Please – Government spending less than £1 per person on trees

With National Tree Week – and the winter tree planting season – starting on 23rd November, Manchester Friends of the Earth are joining forces with City of Trees and Tameside Council to plant 500 trees in Sunnybank Park, Droylsden on Sunday 24th November. Continue reading

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Revealed: Government spending less than £1 per person on trees

With National Tree Week – and the winter tree planting season – starting on 23rd November, Friends of the Earth has published analysis showing the governments of England, Wales and Scotland spend less than £1 per person per year on trees*. This drops to just 20p per head when focussing on England. Scotland has increased its forestry budgets for 2019-20. Continue reading

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Next government must end support for overseas fracking, say campaign groups

The next UK government must stop giving financial support to fracking operations overseas, a coalition of organisations is demanding today. Continue reading

18th Nov 2019
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Friends of the Earth responds to tree planting announcements from Conservatives and Lib Dems

Responding to today’s tree planting announcements from the Conservative Party and Liberal Democrats, Emi Murphy, Friends of the Earth trees campaigner, said:

“Bolder policies announced from the Conservatives and Lib Dems today are a solid start, but we need greater ambition from all parties to urgently respond to the climate emergency. Continue reading

16th Nov 2019
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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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