These are unsettling times for us all, particularly the most vulnerable in our society. The most important thing you can do right now is to keep yourself, and the wider community, safe. If we're to be effective climate activists in the future, we need to look after our physical and mental wellbeing now.

Groups should follow official government coronavirus guidelines at all times. Across each nation – England, Wales and Northern Ireland – laws vary as to what meetings and gatherings can happen.

For most groups, current restrictions will mean refraining from all in-person activity. In this case, we encourage you to carry on group meetings and any other activity online.

Where restrictions allow for in-person activities:

  • We strongly encourage you to continue holding your group meetings online, to ensure the safety of more vulnerable members of your group who may not be willing or able to participate in person.
  • We suggest you only undertake in-person activities that are outdoors and don’t involve people gathering (eg. putting up posters) and take extra precautionary measures such as wearing a face mask if possible at all times.
  • You will need to complete a COVID-19 risk assessment for all in-person activity. Please send it to your group’s relevant regional staff member to ensure your group is covered by our insurance.

Please also consider the strain many services are currently under. And make sure to communicate sensitively to decision makers and your own community.

As a network, we will 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.

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.

Metro mayor elections will be happening in seven areas in May 2021. Elections for the London Mayor will take place on the same date.

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.

As our government begins drafting COVID-19 recovery plans, we need to make sure we don’t return to business as usual. Because business as usual wasn’t working for our planet, and it wasn’t working for many people both here in the UK and around the world.

We cannot go back to an economy that left us with ever-increasing gaps between rich and poor, huge health inequalities and hurtling towards climate and ecological breakdown. We must build back better.