Friends of the Earth

Critics Slam Grouse Moors For Pocketing Millions In EU Subsidies

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 12.08.2017 | UK

Grouse moor estates received millions of pounds in subsidies last year, according to analysis which comes amid a debate over the future of farming pay...

Government's Air Quality Plan Makes Electric Car Revolution Inevitable, Experts Say

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Politics

The government’s plan to clean up the UK’s air means an electric car revolution is inevitable, according to experts. Environment secretary Michael...

Diesel And Petrol Car Ban Branded 'Cynical And Headline-Grabbing' By Campaigners

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Politics

Government plans to ban petrol and diesel cars from being sold in the UK within the next 25 years have been branded ‘cynical’ by environmental cam...

Nearly A Third Of MPs Will Face Battle With Illegal Air Pollution, Study Reveals.

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Politics

Nearly a third of MPs will have to tackle illegal air pollution levels in their constituencies, a new study has found. Environmental charity Friends o...

The General Election Has Gagged Charities

Sophie Neuburg | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK
Sophie Neuburg

Charities that work hard to represent the poorest and most marginalised people around the world are wasting time, money, and resources to ensure they do not fall foul of a pedantic law, or quite simply stopping themselves from speaking out. If the Lobbying Act is not overhauled as a matter of urgency it is our democracy that suffers.

Government Air Quality Plans 'Woefully Inadequate', Say Campaigners

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Politics

Government plans to tackle air pollution across the country have been branded ‘woefully inadequate’ by leading campaigners. Defra was forced to pu...

Why Jeremy Corbyn Should Focus on Climate Change

Anthony Cornish | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Anthony Cornish

There is a void that must be filled in British politics when it comes to climate change. Aside from the many number of reasons to take action based on humanitarian grounds, Corbyn is a politician in need of a stronger and more unified party. Forming a powerful strategy to tackle this crisis would help him achieve this.

Can Smart Optimism Cure Climate Change?

Bidisha | Posted 11.02.2017 | UK

Smart optimism puts innovation, joy and creativity back into the way we look at the future and sees the challenges of today as opportunities, not obstacles.

A Big Thank You to Every Single Climate Activist Who Decides to Go to the Paris Climate Summit in December

Rolf Schuttenhelm | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK
Rolf Schuttenhelm

Climate activists don't call themselves climate activists, it's the rest of us that does. Because it feels safer, amidst that scary climate crisis, to place the ones that express their care in the most confronting and the most vulnerable way, in a box. Just like the world tries to deny the entire climate problem.

Pope's Climate Message Will Ring Out Far Beyond the Church

Liz Hutchins | Posted 18.06.2016 | UK
Liz Hutchins

Neither Friends of the Earth nor Pope Francis are anti-business. Laudato si isn't calling for an end to capitalism; for everything to re-nationalised. But, as the encyclical says 'The environment is one of those goods that cannot be adequately safeguarded or promoted by market forces.' Amen to that and ditto in the case of inequality.

Why We Should Keep Lancashire Frack Free

Damien Clarkson | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Politics
Damien Clarkson

These people are on the frontline and these planning decisions represent a significant moment in the battle to stop fracking across the UK. If the Council refuses the application it will raise serious doubts on whether any community in the UK would have to accept an extreme form of fossil fuel extraction on their doorsteps and under their property.

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 ...