Our campaign

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.  

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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.

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

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Norwich Friends of the Earth launched a petition which now has over 3500 signatures asking their council to declare a climate emergency and create a Climate Action Plan. The group are mobilising to get the final 1000 signatures to automatically trigger a council debate.

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Eastbourne Eco Action Network engage communities and educate them on how to lobby the Council on climate change. They've had 8 working groups come out of this and one of them, Treebourne, has received a £500,000 grant from the government's tree funding pot.

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Derbyshire Dales Climate Hub have created a planning working group where they rota members to watch local authority planning applications. This is informing their campaigning work.

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With help from our funding, Merton Friends of the Earth have planted 400 trees in Morden Park and are caring for them via weeding and maintenance sessions.

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Climate Action Lewisham have launched an "All I want for Christmas" campaign, writing what they’d like to see e.g. less waste. They’ve held stalls where people can share their messages. They’re going to send one picture each day in December to their council.

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Becca Cole, one our young activists part of our Climate Youth Society programme recently launched a petition calling on Hampshire Council to fund rewilding initiatives.

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Groups members from Yorkshire and the North East joined a demonstration outside Leeds Magistrates Court, where DRAX were facing charges over exposing their workers to air pollution.

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Bristol Friends of the Earth have launched a campaign to stop the use of public money to support destructive biomass burning.

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Climate Emergency West Cumbria held a workshop facilitated by founder of the global Craftivist Collective and award-winning campaigner Sarah Corbett.

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Climate Action Rotherham in partnership with Wildlife Trust Sheffield & Rotherham ran an event to convince the council to adopt a local nature recovery strategy. There was strong turn out with 40 people in attendance.

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Campaign wins

Following opposition from Just Transition Wakefield, plans to alter the Newton Bar roundabout have been put on hold.

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Campaign wins

Sustainable Merton ran an energy saver pop-up event and an online community climate conference. They attracted new volunteers and provided energy saving resources to those most in need. The online conference was attended by 40 Merton residents, including three councillors.

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Campaign wins

Friends of Latton Island are campaigning against the proposed riverway project for the River Stort. Collectively, they’ve facilitated over 300 letters to be sent to local councillors, held vigils and successfully halted planning permission meetings.

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Climate Action Rotherham ran a nature recovery event with their local wildlife trust, with the aim to get Rotherham District Council to declare an ecological emergency alongside their climate emergency. They promoted the event through email to supporters and got around 70 registrations.

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Plastic Mountain are working on creating two pieces of art in West Norwood – one highlighting the problem of plastic, and the other a community project inviting passers-by to collect litter from the area and add it in. The project is part of the group's plans to make Norwood Road into a plastic free high street

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Whalley Range Climate Action did some brilliant outreach using an art windows project. Local churches, mosques and schools got involved creating “climate windows” which featured creative messages around climate justice.

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Lincolnshire County Council rejected an oil drilling proposal by Egdon resources. Climate Action Group SOS Biscathorpe were influential in making this happen.