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"Shocking" and "lacklustre" commitments not enough: Friends of the Earth takes government to court over weak and inadequate climate strategies


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The Net Zero Strategy (NZS), published in October 2021, does not comply with requirements under the Climate Change Act 2008 [1] The Heat and Buildings Strategy, published at the same time and referred to in the NZS, did not consider …

Mozambique LNG judicial review: “hard to see how the UK can retain anything left of its credibility”


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At a judicial review brought to the High Court by the environmental campaign group Friends of the Earth this week, the government has been challenged over the financing of a massive liquified natural gas (LNG) development in Mozambique that it …

UK government taken to court over financing of controversial gas mega-project in Mozambique


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Decision to approve $1.15bn (approx. £850 million) of financing for the Mozambique liquified natural gas (LNG) project to be examined at a Judicial Review Case will be heard at the High Court from 7th – 9th December 2021 Campaigners will …

Make mine green: helping businesses go green


We get a lot of requests from companies asking for ideas on how they can make their businesses more eco-friendly. And so we have put together a list of green corporate volunteering opportunities and ways that small and medium sized …

Climate Action Plans for councils explained (recordings)


Council Climate Action Plans cover a whole range of topics from housing to transport which can be complicated stuff.  Watch the Friends of the Earth series of videos delving into the various topics in our template Climate Action Plan so you …

COP26: The Road to 1.5 Just Got Harder With Glasgow Get-Out Clause


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For the past fortnight, climate talks have turned Glasgow into an international hub for the world’s leaders, negotiators, observers and activists. Today (13 November), the summit culminates as a delayed cover decision with the consensus of all nations is published.  Responding …

Horse Hill: Court of Appeal to hear challenge over controversial oil drilling permission


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The Court of Appeal will hear a legal challenge on Tuesday 16 November 2021 to Surrey County Council’s controversial decision to grant planning permission for oil drilling at Horse Hill, in greenbelt countryside in Surrey.   The challenge has been brought by Sarah …

COP: UK claims to lead governments in new pledges to protect nature, Friends of the Earth response


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Forty five governments at the UN climate summit in Glasgow have today pledged ‘urgent action’ and financial investment to protect nature and move to sustainable farming at the COP26 Nature and Land-Use Day. Kirtana Chandrasekaran, Friends of the Earth International …

From Scotland to Sarawak: pop-up exhibition spotlights global stories of climate resistance


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Free event runs from 5th – 12th November 2021 at the Tramway in Glasgow High resolution photographs from the exhibition can be downloaded here The world’s most powerful and photographed leaders have been gathering in Glasgow for COP26. From Friday 5th …

Key countries pledge to divest from fossil fuels finance overseas


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Countries committed today at the global climate summit in Glasgow to take billions of dollars out of fossil fuel projects by the end of 2022.   Miriam Turner, co-executive director at Friends of the Earth, said:   “This is a welcome commitment which will …

Spending Review ‘shockingly bad’, says Friends of the Earth


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Commenting on today’s budget and spending review, Friends of the Earth’s head of policy, Mike Childs, said:  “With only days to go before Boris Johnson hosts crucial talks in Glasgow, this financial announcement was shockingly bad, and will do little to …

UK should stop investing in overseas fossil fuel sector, says committee of MPs – Friends of the Earth reaction


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Commenting on today’s report by the House of Commons International Development Committee calling on the UK government to stop investing in the fossil fuel sector, Friends of the Earth’s international climate campaigner Rachel Kennerley, said: “The UK government won’t be …

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COP26 UN climate talks


The COP UN Climate Talks are an annual climate conference hosted by the United Nations (UN). This year, the 26th conference will be taking place in Glasgow between October 31st and November 12th 2021.  Why does it matter? It has been a trying …

Heat and Building Strategy released: “It’s a start, just not a very good one”


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Heat and Building Strategy released: “It’s a start, just not a very good one”  The Government has today set out plans meant to incentivise installation of low-carbon heating systems in its Heat and Buildings Strategy. Reacting for Friends of the …

Campaigners to challenge UK government support for climate-wrecking fossil fuels as Conservatives meet in Manchester


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Local environmental campaigners will be gathering outside the Conservative Party conference on Monday (4 October), with an eye-catching giant oil rig, to highlight the government’s continued support for climate-wrecking fossil fuels in the UK and overseas. The campaigners from Manchester …

International Coffee Day: “Set the alarm, wake up and smell the coffee in your reusable cup”


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City to Sea and Friends of the Earth press release Environmental organisations Friends of the Earth and City to Sea are joining forces this International Coffee Day to highlight the plastic pollution caused by single-use coffee cups. As many return …

Take the Great Big Green challenge - every week


Following the Big Green Week in September supported by the Climate Coalition people from right across the UK came together to take action big and small on climate change. We put together some ideas covering nine different themes and will …

Government must make it easier for councils to get to grips with the climate crisis, says Friends of the Earth


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BBC survey finds almost 9 out of 10 councils have declared a climate emergency but more than a third support policies that increase emissions

IPCC climate report - Friends of the Earth reaction


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Reacting to the landmark UN climate report published today, Connor Schwartz, climate lead at Friends of the Earth, said:

End of UK coal power bought forward - Friends of the Earth reaction


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Reacting to news that from 1 October 2024 the UK will no longer use coal to generate electricity, a year earlier than planned, Friends of the Earth energy campaigner, Tony Bosworth, said:

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