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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.
News from the network
By young people, for young people! Join us at our Youth Gathering on Fri 1 – Sun 3 July. Expect workshops and fun for 16-25 year olds passionate about climate, social and environmental justice. More information about our Youth Gathering.
Congratulations to Catford who had a successful relaunch. An attendee from the Mayor's office came to enjoy the event, which involved talks around climate justice, youth speakers and the unveiling of an art project.
Sefton Climate Action are currently petitioning their council to extend legal protection to local green spaces.
Greater Manchester COP26 coalition have organised an event: Manchester Climate Justice Summit which takes place on Sun 15 May, 11am-4pm. This summit will look at issues of just transition and climate justice relating to sustainable cities. Book now.
Two new groups in London! A massive welcome to Barking and Southwark groups.
Nature based grants! Grants of up to £1000 are available for community groups who want to: try a new approach, or work with communities disproportionately impacted by a poor environment/typically under-represented in nature-based work. Applications open until 1st May.
The Race Equality Centre and Leicester Friends of the Earth hosted a brilliant lunch time talk for the network. We heard about their inspiring partnership work, and the importance of being actively anti-racist when dealing with climate and environmental issues.
Thanet Friends of the Earth are hosting Kent Green Jobs Summit on Tue 29 Mar, 6.30-8.30pm. Hear about the huge green jobs and skills opportunities for Kent, and take part in the discussion on what action is needed to make this a reality for all. Book your place.
Groundswell is back for 2022! Join our series of inspiring talks, practical workshops and informative sessions across May and June. Look forward to hearing from frontline campaigners, learn skills to build powerful campaigns and meet other activists. Find an event near you.
The Croydon Green Network, including Croydon Climate Action, Greenpeace, Sustainable Thornton Heath, Crystal Palace Transition Town and XR, have worked together to develop the Croydon Mayor’s Climate Crisis Pledge and are inviting Croydon mayoral candidates to support it.
Reading Friends of the Earth collaborated with Shinfield Baptist church during COP26, where they worked together to lead a local march for the climate. Hear from Nathan Hunt, Pastor, about how it went.
As part of the Liberty UK Festival, Leicester Friends of the Earth will be running a workshop called "Imagining a sustainable city" on 26 March from 3-5 pm at City Retreat (Muslim Community Centre) on Churchgate. Find out more and register.
Save the date... South Yorkshire Mayoral hustings (organised by Sheffield Friends of the Earth, South Yorkshire Green New Deal and Rotherham & Sheffield Wildlife Trust) is taking place on 25 April. More details to follow soon!
Calling Barnet residents! Ahead of the local elections taking place on 5 May, hear how the main political parties will protect the environment at the Barnet Environmental Hustings, co-hosted with Barnet Friends of the Earth. Find out more and register
Chester Friends of the Earth are hosting a Beetle Drive on Friday 18 March, 7.30pm. Enjoy an evening filled with games and refreshments. Find out more.
Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester is hosting a climate meeting of international Mayoral leaders on 7-8 June in Manchester, following on from an event at COP26.
Thanks to campaigning from Brent Friends of the Earth, Birchen Grove Garden Centre have agreed to promote peat-free products in their centre and are putting up signs recommending peat-free gardening. They will phase out peat products in advance of the general ban in 2024.