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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.

The Story of Plastic – community screening

5th Sep 2020

At the beginning of the summer, we organised an online community screening of "The Story of Plastic".

Planning reforms are bad news for communities and environment

news release
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.

Mapped: more than one thousand locations in England still breaching air pollution limits

news release
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.

Revealed: unpublished government data shows England has enough land to triple tree cover

news release
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.

“A worrying hole where clarity and understanding should have been”: Friends of the Earth reacts to George Eustice pledge for nature to be at heart of green recovery

news release
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.

Stop the Toxic US Trade Talks: Campaigners take huge open letter to Secretary of State, Liz Truss

news release
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.

“CALLOUS, CYNICAL AND POINTLESS” MAG to appeal council’s refusal of Stansted expansion proposals (Stop Stansted Expansion group)

news release
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”.

Chancellor’s ‘green’ recovery speech – Friends of the Earth reaction

news release
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.

Ash dieback disease

1st Jul 2020

Friends of the Earth’s campaign to double UK tree cover is taking place against the background of the most serious disease to affect Britain’s trees since Dutch elm disease arrived in the 1970s. Ash dieback disease was first found in …

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