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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.

2020 one of hottest years on record – Friends of the Earth reaction

news release
14th Jan 2021

“This is yet another clear warning that climate breakdown is here and the impacts – deadly droughts, terrifying wildfires, devastating storms – are hitting us hard and fast.

Government allows Cumbrian coal mine to go ahead – Friends of the Earth reaction

news release
6th Jan 2021

Secretary of State Robert Jenrick’s decision to allow a controversial new coal mine in Cumbria to go-ahead hugely undermines UK government claims of global leadership on the climate crisis says Friends of the Earth.

Newcastle City Council unanimously rejects opencast coal mine – Friends of the Earth reaction

news release
19th Dec 2020

Friends of the Earth has welcomed today’s unanimous decision by Newcastle City Council's planning committee to reject a planning application for an opencast coal mine at Dewley Hill.

“Heathrow expansion remains very far from certain”: Friends of the Earth reacts as Supreme Court rules on policy allowing third runway

news release
16th Dec 2020

Judgment is no ‘green light’ for expansion. It makes clear that full climate considerations remain to be addressed and resolved at the planning stage, where Friends of the Earth will continue the challenge against a third runway

PM announcement: UK government investment in overseas oil ends, but Mozambique gas project continues

news release
11th Dec 2020

UK government announce it will stop funding oil and gas projects abroad in a victory for climate justice

“Too Conservative” – Friends of the Earth respond to CCC report

news release
9th Dec 2020

The advice of the government’s advisory Committee on Climate Change on the Sixth Carbon Budget is published today. Responding, Mike Childs, Head of Science at Friends of the Earth, said:

Support local councils or miss your own climate targets – Friends of the Earth and local government issue warning to Westminster

news release
8th Dec 2020

Groups including Friends of the Earth, Grantham Institute at Imperial College London, ADEPT, and Ashden call for central government to provide more funding and support for local action on climate crisis

Friends of the Earth welcomes breakthrough in deadlock over controversial Sefton road building plans

news release

Friends of the Earth has welcomed a report from Sefton Council (released 1 Dec) looking at alternatives to Highways England’s controversial A5036 Port of Liverpool Access Scheme.

UK government claims ambitious climate targets but “convenient omissions” leave questions

news release
4th Dec 2020

The Prime Minister has today (Friday 4 December) announced targets designed to reduce the UK’s emissions by at least 68% by 2030 when compared to 1990 levels. Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) were agreed under the Paris Climate Agreement and commit …

Spending Review: Aid Budget cut, National Infrastructure Strategy unveiled – Friends of the Earth reaction

news release
25th Nov 2020

Reacting to the Chancellor’s decision today to cut the overseas aid budget to 0.5% of gross national income in 2021, Friends of the Earth’s International climate campaigner, Rachel Kennerley said

Friends of the Earth releases tips to help people reconnect with nature during lockdown

news release
19th Nov 2020

As we approach the third week of the national lockdown in England, polling for Friends of the Earth shows two in five (43 per cent) are not getting outside into nature as much as they did during the first lockdown, with just one in ten (13 per cent) claiming to be getting out more this Autumn.

Prime Minister outlines 10 Point Green Plan – Friends of the Earth reaction

news release
17th Nov 2020

Commitments fall far short of ambitious policy overhaul needed

High Court hears legal challenge against Surrey oil development

news release

High Court hears legal challenge against Surrey oil development A legal challenge to Surrey County Council’s decision to allow 20 years of oil drilling and production to take place near Gatwick airport begins in the High Court today.

‘No time to waste’ on climate, warns PM – Friends of the Earth reaction

news release
11th Nov 2020

Reacting to Boris Johnson’s warning that there is “no time to waste” on climate action, Friends of the Earth climate campaigner Muna Suleiman said “Urgent action is needed to deal with the climate crisis, which is why Boris Johnson must turn around his government’s failure to keep on track to meet its own target for cutting emissions.

Government’s 2020 peat-free target way off track

news release
28th Oct 2020

Friends of the Earth is calling on ministers to act after new figures revealed that the horticultural industry was way off track for meeting a government target of stopping peat use by amateur gardeners by 2020.

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.

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