Friends of the Earth local action groups are part of the largest grassroots environmental campaigning network in the UK and are made up of people just like you.
The answer lies with us. The breakdown of our climate and environment is a global problem, and what we do in the next few years will determine the future of our world.
We know the solutions and together we can make a real difference at a national and local level.
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Local authorities are crucial to delivering the urgent action we need on climate and nature.
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Together we can boost the impact of every local win. We can look to each other for inspiration. We can find strength in numbers to push for big national change.
Community groups in action
A Speakers’ Corner event took place at the site of the proposed coal mine in Whitehaven, Cumbria. We heard rousing speeches from numerous activists including Sarah Finch from the Weald Action Group, who spoke about the Horse Hill oil case and why it’s so important to Whitehaven.
Climate Action Silsden went on a bat walk with a bat expert, showcasing the wonderful varieties of British bats in their local area to group members and attendees from the local community.
On 14 September, we were thrilled to see Carmarthenshire councillors make a historic decision to reject further opencast coal mining at the Glan Lash mine. This win comes off the back of years of perseverance from campaigners and local people who we’ve worked alongside.
Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Pontypridd and District Friends of the Earth have been busy testing microplastics. Swansea Friends of the Earth is organising more testing in conjunction with the Environment Centre in the coming weeks.
Thanks to several years of brilliant campaigning from Huddersfield Friends of the Earth, Kirklees Council is set to scrap a road scheme which would’ve resulted in the loss of over 100 mature trees. Find out more about the win.
Camden Friends of the Earth hosted a stall to promote its Warm Homes campaign at a street party. Group members spoke to Sian Berry, Ed Miliband and Keir Starmer, among others. A group member reported Kier Starmer was receptive to the group’s campaign and activities.
Manchester Friends of the Earth attended the Wigan Diggers Festival to talk to people about its United for Warm Homes campaign.
We’re proud two Barnet Friends of the Earth members were respectively nominated for, and a winner of Barnet Council’s InspirationALL Women and Girls Award. This was in honour of their tireless, positive work campaigning for various environmental and sustainability causes.
Tottenham and Wood Green Friends of the Earth took to the streets to show signs of support to welcome the ULEZ expansion. Great stuff!
One of our fabulous Climate Youth Society and Young Manchester Friends of the Earth members is leading a workshop called "Roots", exploring the interconnectedness of South Asian identity and ecology on Saturday 5 August.
Big win! Oxford Friends of the Earth's campaign against a road expansion has been successful. This brilliant work is a testament to years of building alliances, organising demonstrations and supporting communities’ members to write submissions.
Ilford Friends of the Earth held a successful stall, and were not deterred by the wet weather! The group managed to get 50 new signatures for its Warm Homes petition.
Thanet Friends of the Earth arranged a litter pick in Dane Park. Kitted in branded high-viz vests, the group were able to advertise the group while making visible change to its community. The group collected an astonishing 12 bags of rubbish in 2 hours.
Fantastic media coverage gained by Harborough Climate Action. The group hosted a very successful kick-off event and gained a front-page spot in its local newspaper following their event.
A big Congratulations to Walsall Friends of the Earth member, who wrote an original play called “The Plastic Migrant”, raising awareness on the impact and intersections of climate change, migration and plastic pollution.
Hackney and Tower Hamlets Friends of the Earth held a stall at a local festival in Cemetery Park, focusing on their Warm Homes campaign. The group also had some lovely craft activities for kids to enjoy.
A member of our Youth Network, Semilore Kaji-Hausa, has been nominated for the Orwell Youth Prize 2023! The prize is for a piece of writing up to 1500 words on the theme of "Who's in Control".