Policies and guidance

These policies and guidance documents will help you navigate any data or legal-related concerns you might have. All registered local groups are expected to adhere to these policies.

02 Dec 2022

Campaigning policy positions

Ever wonder what Friends of the Earth's stance is on topics like population, housing, or consumption?

To find out what Friends of the Earth's policy is on a particular issue, head over to our policy site.

Data protection

On setting up or joining a local action group we strongly advise you read the guidance on General Data Protection Regulation requirements.

If, after reading this, you still have questions or concerns please email us at [email protected].

Political impartiality

Local action groups are supported by Friends of the Earth – an organisation committed to conducting our activity in a way that is politically impartial.

All local action groups are required to follow the political impartiality guidance to ensure they are as effective as possible in tackling the climate emergency.

Protest and non-violent direct action

Friends of the Earth supports the right of individuals and organisations to take part in peaceful protest and nonviolent direct action where this is likely to support the achievement of its objectives. However, as a group that works within the courts system, we cannot encourage groups to take illegal action.

Friends of the Earth groups are required to adhere to Friends of the Earth's policy on protest.

Important note: the government is attempting to introduce the draconian Public Order Bill which aims to severely restrict the right to protest. The new Bill is particularly aimed at movements and activists that use direct action and civil disobedience against government or corporate inaction on the climate emergency. In doing so, the Bill doesn't meaningfully engage with and address the concerns of communities. The Bill uses vague language to define protest and what involvement in a protest looks like, and expands policing powers to "stop and search" potential protesters.

The Public Order Bill hasn't passed into law yet. You have the right to engage in protest, non-violent direct action and to support marches. Please read our guidance on protest and non-violent direct action and contact [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns about participating in any planned actions.


We believe that everyone has the right to live free from abuse of any kind, and that everyone should feel safe when participating in group activities. We all have a legal responsibility to do everything we can to keep children and vulnerable adults safe and to report any concerns we have about their welfare.

Please read our guidance on safeguarding.


Local action groups groups should abide by the Fundraising Regulator’s Code of Fundraising Practice  when raising money, whether this money is meant to fund the group activities or intended to be donated to Friends of the Earth.