Policies and guidance

These policies and guidance documents will help you navigate any data or legal-related concerns you might have.

21 Nov 2019

Data protection

On setting up or joining a Climate 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 climateaction@foe.co.uk.

Political impartiality

Climate Action Groups are supported by Friends of the Earth – an organisation committed to conducting our activity in a way that is politically impartial.

All Climate 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.

Groups using Friends of the Earth or Climate Action branding are required to adhere to Friends of the Earth's policy on protest.


We are currently reviewing our safeguarding guidance and will have it with you shortly.

In the meantime, please note that anyone under the age of 18 wishing to join a Climate Action group must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Those aged 16 or 17 and wishing to start their own Climate Action group can do so by filling out this form.