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.

High Court hearing in climate change legal challenge to Heathrow expansion

Legal proceedings to commence on 11th March 2019, with demonstration taking place outside the High Court from 9am.

8th Mar 2019
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Microplastic pollution widespread in British lakes and rivers – new study

Inland waterways must be routinely monitored for microplastic pollution New research [1] by Bangor University and Friends of the Earth has found microplastic pollution in some of Britain’s most iconic and remote rivers and lakes.

7th Mar 2019
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Ashton MP Angela Rayner, Salford Mayor Paul Dennett and Manchester City leader Richard Leese support Better Buses passenger action (Better Buses for Greater Manchester campaign)

Better Buses Action Week (4th-11th March) – initiated by campaign group Better Buses for Greater Manchester – is a week of creative action to get local leaders and Andy Burnham’s attention, supported by Ashton MP Angela Rayner and Manchester City … Continue reading

6th Mar 2019
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Mapped: Over 120 locations across North West breaching air pollution limits

A data audit* by Friends of the Earth has revealed the 126 sites across the North West that have breached the annual Air Quality Objective for Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) levels, which is set to protect health. Of these sites Manchester’s … Continue reading

27th Feb 2019
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Nearly two thousand locations across England, Wales and Northern Ireland breaching air pollution limits

A data audit* by Friends of the Earth has revealed the 1,758 sites across the England, Wales and Northern Ireland that have breached the annual Air Quality Objective for Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) levels, which is set to protect health.

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GM Clean Air Plan should include cars says parents group (Clean Air Levenshulme)

26 February 2019 – for immediate release Commenting on the GM Clean Air Plan proposals unveiled today (1), Jen O’Brien from Clean Air Levenshulme, a local parents and residents group in one of the most polluted suburbs in Greater Manchester … Continue reading

26th Feb 2019
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News release: Air pollution in Greater Manchester… we need urgent action from Government and GM Mayor

Responding to Greater Manchester’s Clean Air Plan, Manchester Friends of the Earth are dismayed that Greater Manchester will not tackle illegal levels of air pollution before 2024. [1]

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New bill to cut plastic pollution presented to Parliament

Nearly nine in ten (89%) support new law to significantly reduce plastic waste and pollution within 25 years

 
 
25th Feb 2019
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#DrasticOnPlastic Timer Challenge: Can you avoid single-use plastic for a day?

People across the UK are being urged to take the #DrasticOnPlastic Timer Challenge and find out how long they can go without using pointless plastic.

7th Feb 2019
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No to weaker regulations for unwanted shale gas ‘prize’

Fracking company Cuadrilla have announced results of gas levels in Lancashire at the same time as calling for weaker fracking regulations.

6th Feb 2019
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It’s time for free bus travel as new figures expected to show Department for Transport failing on climate change (Friends of the Earth)

Annual greenhouse gas emissions data released today Move to electric cars needed, but alone won’t solve the problem says new research Friends of the Earth propose free bus travel as part of sensible solution

5th Feb 2019
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It’s high time to make bus travel free

Annual greenhouse gas emissions are released today, and they show the Department for Transport is failing on climate change. We need to radically re-imagine transport and travel to reduce emissions, and make cities more liveable at the same time.

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No-deal must now be taken off the table to protect the environment says Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth is calling on party leaders to come together and take ‘no-deal’ off the table following Theresa May’s Brexit deal being rejected by parliament this evening (15 January).

 
 
15th Jan 2019
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“World leading” air pollution plan is ‘severely lacking in detail’

Government commits to tighter air pollution standards, but fails to set date and releases a plan severely lacking in detail on how such a target could be met.

14th Jan 2019
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Disappointment as High Court does not uphold fracking challenge

Disappointment from campaigners at today’s decision not to uphold a challenge to fracking firm Cuadrilla’s environmental permit in Lancashire.

11th Jan 2019
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Greater Manchester Spatial Framework – Friends of the Earth reaction

Commenting on the ‘Greater Manchester Plan for Homes, Jobs and the Environment – Spatial Framework’ published today (7 January), which sets out the planning blueprint for the city region for the next twenty years, Helen Rimmer, North West campaigner at … Continue reading

7th Jan 2019
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Draft Environment Bill not a blueprint for greener post-Brexit Britain

Government urged to take no deal Brexit off table to protect our environment

 
 
20th Dec 2018
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Government Waste Strategy published – Friends of the Earth reaction

The government’s Resources and Waste Strategy, published today, could significantly cut waste and boost recycling, Friends of the Earth said today – but only if clear targets and action are included.

18th Dec 2018
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Climate summit fails to agree tough action to slash emissions

The talks ended with weak action and gaping holes in the rule book for meeting climate targets

17th Dec 2018
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Revealed: The Impact of Winter Hill and Saddleworth Moor Fires on Air Quality in Greater Manchester (IPPR North)

The devastating fires at Winter Hill and Saddleworth Moor are likely to have had a shocking impact on the air breathed by people in Greater Manchester, according to new analysis by the leading think-tank for the North of England.

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