Friends of the Earth

Seven Priorities for Liz Truss, the New Environment Secretary

Guy Shrubsole | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Politics
Guy Shrubsole

So long, Owen Paterson: we won't miss you. You were truly the worst environment secretary for decades. With that act to follow, Ms Truss might be tempted to relax; hardly much to live up to. That would be a mistake. There's already a lot in her in-tray and a lot of mess to clean up from her predecessor...

Meat Free May

Sarah Moyes | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Moyes

Before you begin to worry about what you'll eat, it's a lot easier than you would think. All big supermarket chains carry a variety of vegetarian friendly food including mince, sausages and even ready meals. I'm not going to pretend that vegetarian bacon tastes remotely like the real thing, but generally speaking most vegetarian products are great.

Labour Must Repeal the Gagging Law

Liz Hutchins | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Politics
Liz Hutchins

Politics is far too important to leave it to politicians. And giant media corporations. And corporate lobbyists like Linton Crosby, not regulated by this Bill. That's the view of all the people who give their money, time and trust to some of our best-loved organisations from Oxfam and Amnesty International to the Federation of Women's Institutes and the Royal British Legion.

The Urgency and Opportunity of Business Sustainability

Adam Stones | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK
Adam Stones

Governments, businesses and individuals are trying to identify how best to address the fact that current approaches to operations are not only driving this change but may also be fundamentally unsustainable in the long term.

Gas and Greed - The Real Reason Our Energy Bills Are Sky High

Craig Bennett | Posted 21.12.2013 | UK Politics
Craig Bennett

The announcement of huge price rises in electricity and gas by British Gas has been widely proclaimed as a PR disaster - its #AskBG stunt failed spectacularly as angry consumers took to twitter to call them out directly on the reasons for the price hikes.

Campaigning Has Gone Mainstream

Katie White | Posted 21.11.2013 | UK Politics
Katie White

Are you persuasive and stubborn? Do you care about things? That's probably most of us, at times. Well then, you could be a campaigner. In the UK - and it appears across the world - campaigning has gone mainstream.

Vivienne Westwood Joins Anti-Fracking Protest

PA | Posted 16.08.2013 | UK

Fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood spoke out against hydraulic fracturing as she joined anti-fracking protesters at their camp in Balcombe. Sh...

'Frack The North!'

PA | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK

Campaign group Friends of the Earth has dismissed comments made by the head of a shale gas exploration company calling for the Midlands and the North ...

Why We Need to Save the Bees

Lord de Mauley | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Politics
Lord de Mauley

People care about bees. As minister for environmental science, I've received thousands of emails, letters and petition signatures calling on the government to act now to protect our bees. And I share their concerns, because bees are vitally important.

The UK Government Must Agree to a Bee Action Plan

Paul de Zylva | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK Politics
Paul de Zylva

There are over 250 bee species in Britain, and many are in serious decline. Wild honey bees are nearly extinct and solitary bees are declining in more than half the areas they've been studied. Some species of bumblebee have been lost altogether.

Britain Attacked For Voting Against Ban On Pesticides To Protect Bees

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK

Britain has been strongly criticised for not backing a ban on pesticides feared to be killing bees with environmentalists claiming the government is i...

Modern Environmentalism - 'People Would Rather Believe Than Know'

Ben Acheson | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

When E.O. Wilson said "people would rather believe than know", he perfectly summed up modern environmentalism; the movement which has been radicalised to the extent that its policies are now better described as anti-science, anti-business and even anti-human; not pro-environment.

My War Against GM Crops

Michael Hart | Posted 24.05.2013 | UK Tech
Michael Hart

When herbicide-tolerant crops were first introduced the promise was that they would mean less herbicide use and so have less environmental impact and lower cost to the farmer for weed control. But herbicide use is back to where it had been before GM crops were introduced.

George Osborne To Give 'Fracking' Go Ahead

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 04.12.2012 | UK Politics

George Osborne is to approve the construction of up to 30 gas-fired power stations as part of tomorrow's Autumn Statement, angering environmentalists ...

More No Dash For Gas Activists Arrested At West Burton Power Station

PA | Posted 04.11.2012 | UK

Two more people have been arrested as a steady stream of protesters descends chimneys at one of the UK's new gas-fired power stations. Nottinghamsh...

Go Back Down South!

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.10.2012 | UK

Protesters arrested for climbing water towers at a power station have been told to "clear off back down south" by the local Labour MP, who questioned ...

'Anti-Science Forces Are Gaining Ground'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 25.10.2012 | UK Politics

Environmentalists have attacked the appointment of climate change sceptic and oil man Tory MP Peter Lilley to the Commons energy and climate change co...

Will the Government Write a Blank Cheque for Nuclear Construction?

David Toke | Posted 18.12.2012 | UK Politics
David Toke

Underwriting would make a complete nonsense of any notion of nuclear power being competitive with renewable energy sources such as wind power and solar power which certainly are not in receipt of underwriting commitments.

DAVEY WINS WIND SUBSIDY BATTLE – BUT AT WHAT COST?

Andrew Pendleton | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK Politics
Andrew Pendleton

A fierce fight is raging in the Coalition government over the future of our electricity system - and how to ensure our power needs are affordable and met without wrecking the climate. At the heart of this battle are Chancellor George Osborne and Energy Secretary Ed Davey.

It's Not Easy Being Green

PA | Posted 13.06.2012 | UK Politics

The government's poor record on the environment in the UK will undermine its efforts to play a leading role at a key global summit on the issue, campa...

The Speech That Never Was – A Missed Opportunity to Re-Energise the Economy

Craig Bennett | Posted 25.06.2012 | UK Politics
Craig Bennett

Today is the day the prime minister is supposed to deliver his first major speech on the environment since he came into office two years ago, pledging almost immediately to lead the "greenest government ever".

Clegg Targeted By 'Sting Operation'

PA | Posted 11.04.2012 | UK Politics

Environmental campaigners dressed as bees launched a "sting operation" against Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today. Friends of the Earth (FoE) s...

Friends of the Earth Criticism Over-Simplifies Bio Fuels

Sara Custer | Posted 17.04.2012 | UK
Sara Custer

It's good that Friends of the Earth are coming forth with this information as a harsh criticism of an industry that in theory holds sustainability to high regard. This industry, like any other, could contribute to the decline of social sustainability which is why UK and EU governments need to establish standards and tight regulations.

Biofuels: Putting Developing Countries on the Road to Greater Hardship

Melanie Ward | Posted 03.04.2012 | UK Politics
Melanie Ward

I am writing this blog from Tanzania where, on Friday I met some villagers from Kisarawe, which is a three-hour drive north west of Dar es Salaam. The villagers have been affected by a massive landgrab by a British company called Sun Biofuels.

Michael Rundle

UK Climate Change Report 'Masks Depth Of Global Impact'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Rundle | Posted 27.03.2012 | UK

Climate change is set to change almost every aspect of life in the UK, according to a landmark government report - but as environmental activists poin...