16 Jun 2021
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Welcoming new groups
A very warm welcome to our latest additions to the network, Thanet Friends of the Earth and St Newlyn East and District Friends of the Earth.
Both groups have launched with enthusiasm and are already doing their part in the fight for environmental justice.
New members of Hackney and Tower Hamlets Friends of the Earth have also had a really successful relaunch so well done and welcome to them as well!
Challenging Highways England
Road building continues to be a climate-wrecking issue our groups are wise to. A coalition consisting of Huddersfield, Calderdale, and Manchester Friends of the Earth have been working with Transport Action Network to support a retired vicar in challenging Highways England.
The government-owned company previously decided not to carry out an environmental impact assessment in their plan to convert the hard shoulder into an extra lane on the M62 motorway. But following a letter to Highways England, prior to potential legal action, they’ve reversed the decision.
They will now need to fully assess and publish the carbon impact of creating a new lane, which could have implications for the development of "smart" motorways across the rest of the country.
Campaigning against artificial grass
Kings Hill Friends of the Earth in Kent was recently set up and is already very busy. They're concerned about the impacts of a growing number of astroturf lawns – plastic grass – including higher CO2 emissions, increased flooding and the effects on wildlife.
The group have set up a petition which could trigger a debate in Parliament if they get over 100,000 signatures.
Return to activity
As lockdown continues to ease and the weather allows it, groups have begun to meet again in person.
It’s no great surprise that tree planting events are making a comeback too. Let's hope this can safely continue and allow us to reconnect with our communities.
Make sure to refer to the Coronavirus guidance before organising any in-person activity.
A shout out to Conwy Friends of the Earth for their recent video promoting their litter picking activity, featuring impressive dance moves. The video was produced in collaboration with XR and other community groups.