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:
- Pete Abel: 07951 642858, pete[at]manchesterfoe.org.uk
- 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.
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 …
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
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.
17th Nov 2020
Commitments fall far short of ambitious policy overhaul needed
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
30th Jun 2020
Responding to the Prime Minister’s economic recovery speech today, Friends of the Earth campaigner Muna Suleiman said: