Monthly local group feature December 2021

Our grassroots network is made up of incredible local groups. Each month, we'll showcase a few of these and tell you about their recent successes.

16 Dec 2021

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Mozambique solidarity action

First off, we’d like to thank groups for the fantastic work they're doing in helping to oppose the UK government’s decision to fund a huge gas project in Mozambique. The project could emit up to £4.5bn tonnes of climate-wrecking greenhouse gases over its lifetime.

Friends of the Earth is taking the UK government to court over the funding decision. On 7 December, for the first day of the hearing, nine groups joined us for a demo outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, including ‘Raised Voices’, a choir made up of local group members. The demo has helped to spread awareness, gaining coverage on Sky News.

Groups have also been delivering letters to their local MPs calling on them to oppose the funding of this project:

  • Stourbridge Friends of the Earth went to all four of their MPs' offices to deliver letters.
  • Alnwick Area Friends of the Earth worked alongside Climate Action Berwick and Borders and Climate Action Newcastle to deliver letters and take a photo outside the offices of Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP.
  • St Albans Friends of the Earth sent a Christmas card template to their mailing list to send on to MPs.
  • Norwich Friends of the Earth got some fantastic quotes from the Labour MP for Norwich South, Clive Lewis, whilst delivering their letter.

Creative campaigning

Lambeth Friends of the Earth have  successfully applied to our local group fund to support them in a participatory public art campaign called ‘Plastic Mountain’.

The project, which will launch in 2022, aims to raise awareness about plastic pollution and encourage behavioural and structural change. It is part of the group’s plans to make Norwood Road into a plastic-free high street. We look forward to seeing the great work next year!

Shout outs

‘Just Transition Wakefield’ was created by Wakefield Friends of the Earth and Wakefield and District Trades Council to campaign for a zero carbon Wakefield. The group have been opposing plans to alter the Newton Bar roundabout, as this could lead to the loss of 100+ mature trees sequestering carbon. Following this opposition, last month Wakefield Council put these plans on hold.

And Bristol Friends of the Earth are doing great work in promoting involvement in and awareness of climate and green issues amongst BAME communities, by sponsoring Bristol Green Capital Partnership’s ‘Black & Green Ambassadors scheme’ for a second year.

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