These are unsettling times for us all, particularly the most vulnerable in our society. During this time, we should remain cautious and must continue to follow all national and local restrictions as well as ensure we plan activities that are inclusive to all members.
Across each nation – England, Wales and Northern Ireland – laws vary as to what meetings and gatherings can happen. See our coronavirus guidance for the latest legislative rules and what to do if restrictions in your area allow for in-person activities.
As a network, we'll 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 [email protected].
Climate Action Plan for Councils
Councils up and down the country have declared climate emergencies. But what happens next?
We need councils to turn their political promises in to concrete action by adopting a climate action plan, and transforming their communities into fairer, more sustainable places for generations to come.
To help get them started, we’ve created a template Climate Action Plan for councils in England and Wales. Find out how you can help get that plan in place.
Metro mayors and climate action
A metro mayor is the directly elected leader of a combined authority. They have powers over sectors that are key to tackling the climate emergency, including transport and housing.
To help make our city regions as climate- and nature-friendly as possible we've created Climate Action Plans for mayors covering 10 priorities to protect people and planet and help the COVID-19 recovery.
News from the network
Save Rimrose Valley held a lively rally and march showing strength and opposition to Highways England's proposed road plan that is threatening a vital green space in the heart of Sefton.
Calling Barnet Residents! Please sign Barnet Friends of the Earth’s letter campaign asking their local council to declare a climate emergency in their area.
Friends of the Earth is hosting a two-day Youth Gathering for 16-25 year olds on 21 and 22 July, featuring a range of workshops to empower young activists. Register now.
Bury Climate Action Group are continuing to work alongside their local council and have been invited to partake in focus groups on their local plan, as well as holding their own consultation event. Great work!
Congratulations to Leicester Friends of the Earth who have been awarded a grant to establish a community green space in a deprived area of the city.
Our London groups have been working together and have formed a London Network. Their last meeting in July saw strong attendance, and we hope this fruitful collaboration continues!
Great work from Hillingdon Friends of the Earth who have been resolute in campaigning for a Climate Action Plan to be adopted in their area. Their work paid off – their council local plan has been adapted featuring many of their recommendations.
Leicester Friends of the Earth and The Race Equality Centre (now a registered Climate Action Group) launched a coalition to work for ‘a greener, fairer future’. Their amazing work has received local press attention, and we’re looking forward to seeing their work progress.
FOE Conwy worked with XR and other community groups to produce a lovely video to promote their litter picking.
Young Friends of the Earth Pontypridd were nominated for an RCT Good Citizen award. Congratulations to them for receiving this amazing recognition, as well as congratulations from the Mayor!
Thanks to the brilliant campaigning from Sheffield FOE, Sheffield City Council unanimously passed a motion recognising the nature emergency in Sheffield.
The Welsh Government has announced a suspension on all future road building. This monumental win is in part thanks to decades of campaigning from our amazing network!
Leicester FOE are demanding that their City Council stops spraying pesticides in their local parks. Help by signing their petition now.
Hundreds of you joined us for our online Groundswell event on 12 and 13 June, attending sessions on COP26 mobilisation and building a truly representative movement. Thank you!