Green and fair recovery

These are unsettling times for us all. But much like the climate emergency, the coronavirus pandemic has affected the most vulnerable both at home and abroad.

We've spent the last four months promoting safety and wellbeing in our network, and providing groups with resources and support as they shift towards online campaigning.

Now that the UK is starting to imagine what the future might look like, we have an opportunity (and responsibility) to ensure we don't return to the old broken economic and social systems of pre-COVID-19.

We know that our leaders are able to act swiftly and decisively when they want to – the pandemic has proven that. We must demand that same momentum and urgency as we look towards building a greener, fairer future for all.

We've published a proposal for a green and fair recovery plan (see below), as well as guidance on how to lobby your MP to help get you started.

As lockdown restrictions ease, you may want to resume face-to-face campaigning and organise in-person events. However, we strongly encourage you to hold meetings online for the time being and refrain from organising any in-person campaign activity. We should exercise caution as official guidelines continue to evolve and differ from one area to the other. Please consider that some more vulnerable members of your groups and wider community may not be able or willing to participate in any in person events. If you do decide to go ahead with any in-person activity, please follow the guidance provided by national authorities, and stick to any local restrictions that are in place.

As a network, we will continue to support one another and those in our communities as best we can. If you have any questions or a suggestion on how we can support you, please email climateaction@foe.co.uk.

Demand a green and fair recovery plan

As government makes plans to steer the country out of social and financial chaos, we're faced with an opportunity to demand more and forge a better, greener and fairer future for all.

Read our proposal for a fair and green recovery plan, and find out how to lobby your MP and make it happen.

Lobby your MP

As part of Friends of the Earth's campaign to secure a green and fair recovery plan, they've asked members of the public to sign a petition asking Chancellor Rishi Sunak to deliver an economic plan that supports people and planet.

To ensure a sound plan is delivered (and to build pressure on government in the House of Commons), we've written a guide explaining how to contact your local MP and talk to them about the plan.

Useful resources for online campaigning

How to set up a Zoom meeting

04 May 2020

Zoom is a video conferencing tool that's great for taking your meetings and events online. This guide will show you how to set up and run a Zoom meeting.

Coronavirus messaging: a guide for local and Climate Action groups

06 Apr 2020

We’re living in unprecedented times. While we want to continue as much as possible to campaign on climate, we must be sensitive in how we do that – and how we communicate it.

How to facilitate an online meeting

04 May 2020

Facilitating meetings online is a new experience for many people. So, we’ve put together some tips to help you run an effective and inclusive meeting online.

Tools to help you campaign online

02 Apr 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unsettling time for us all, and means we need to shift the way we go about much of our lives – including campaigning. For those of you who want to continue to campaign on climate, we’ve gathered a list of free tools to help you shift your efforts online.

How to join a Zoom meeting for the first time

31 Mar 2020

Many of us are turning to online meetings and catch ups due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are a few video conferencing options you can choose from, but "Zoom" is probably our favourite. Read this guide on how to join your first Zoom meeting.

7 tips for online meetings 

29 Apr 2020

A simple guide to get the most from your video conference calls.

Connect with others on Slack

13 Jul 2020

We're using Slack to talk to each other about Climate Action. Here's how it works.

How to campaign at home during the coronavirus pandemic

13 May 2020

The most important thing you can do right now is to keep yourselves and your communities safe through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stay connected

It’s more important than ever that we stay connected in this time of social distancing and self isolation.

Join our community of climate activists on Slack or sign up to one of our regular webinars.

These online calls are an opportunity to meet other campaigners and contribute to ongoing discussions about a green and fair recovery.

How to support your community

During times of crisis, it's natural to want to do your bit to help.

From shopping for neighbours to staying connected with the most vulnerable, check out 5 ways you can help your community during the COVID-19 pandemic, while staying safe.