Brent Friends of the Earth, Clean Air Brent and Fergy with Leader Councillor Muhammed Bhutt at Clean Air Day on 21 June 2018!

Brent FOE Coordinator Kitty D'Costa says "We Are pleased that Councillor Krupa Sheth, Cabinet Member for the Environment, responded so promptly and positively to the demands. There is always more that can be done and we will support Krupa to achieve the targets we so urgently require to improve air quality in the Borough".

 FOE: Double the number of trees planted in the borough (we note that Lawrence Usherwood, Principal tree, is doing a great job and do let us know if we can support him in any way)

Green Iftar in Queen’s Park at Rumi’s Cave

 Brent FOE was delighted to join and support the first Green Iftar in Queens Park London at Rumi’s Cave on Friday 25 May 2018.

Friends of the Earth donated 20 packets of Bee Friendly Wildflower seeds to add to the green gifts distributed to the 150 attendees!


Rabiah Mali of the Rabbani project said “Our first Green Deen Iftar is an opportunity to explore our responsibility as stewards of the Earth and the ways in which we can reconnect to the prophetic teachings of living in harmony with the environment and nature and how embracing these teaching are essential in deepening our spiritual understanding and experience of this blessed month”. 



 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED please email Kitty at kitty_dcosta@hotmail.comif you can volunteer for a 2 hour slot between 2pm and 7pm.

Thursday 21 June 2018 is National Clean Air Day and to mark it Brent Council is running lots of fun and informative clean air activities outside the Library at Civic Centre, 32 Engineers Way, Wembley HA9 0AF, from 3pm – 6pm.  We will be there running a stall jointly with Clean Air for Brent, so please come and see us or better still volunteer to help on the stall for a couple of hours! 

Divest Brent meeting update May 8 2018


On May 8 Brent FoE jointly hosted with Divest Brent an event  called “Keep it in the Ground” instead of the normal May monthly FoE meeting. The idea of the event was to launch Divest Brent formally and to build up the number of active supporters. Thanks to Deirdre Duff, the local authority divestment campaigner at national Friends of the Earth, who gave an inspiring presentation.  

Divest Brent - Keep it in the Ground






Divestment, or disposing of investments in fossil fuel companies, is all about preventing companies from raising the investment funds needed to extract fossil fuels, in particular coal, oil and gas, because these fossil fuels contribute directly to the increase in greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. 

Over the last few months there have been many encouraging signs to indicate that this is happening:

1. Currently, according to the Fossil Free website (, funds controlling over $6 trillion have committed to divest.

2. Just 4 months ago Norway’s central bank, which manages the country’s $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund, suggested divesting from oil and gas.












30 November 2017 

Divest Brent members, including Simon Erskine (to the right of banner), supported by (to the left of  the banner) the Green Party’s Caroline Russell (London Assembly member) and Sian Berry (Camden Councillor) at City Hall campaigning with Divest London”

Climate change campaigners are urging Brent Council to take its money out of fossil fuels and are asking people to sign up to their petition on

Heathrow Expansion: Brent Council's idea of stakeholder consultation

In November 2016 Brent FoE contacted Councillor Butt, Leader of the Council to voice our concerns over the Council's support of the Heathrow Airport expansion. See below for a copy of this letter and further correspondence. The response was vague and paid little more than lip service to our concerns. Today, some 10 months after our first letter was sent, we are yet to be shown any evidence to support the council's assertions and have been provided with no further detail of what the proposed robust mitigation measures to minimise the environmental impact of the expansion might look like... 
11th November 2016
Dear Councillor Butt,
We are aware that Brent Council’s policy for the last year or so has been to support the building of a third runway at Heathrow. We are writing to ask that you reconsider this stance.

Volunteers wanted with digital communications or outreach/networking skills

We are currently in need of a volunteers with digital communications and networking skills...

Digital Communications Officer (Volunteer)

Level: Entry Level

Location: Home-based

Preferred time commitment: Flexible (1-2 days a month on average)

Background to the role

We are looking for a creative, motivated, enthusiastic individual who is eager to gain experience working with a local organisation with strong connections to one of the UK’s leading environmental campaigning organisations. We are currently a small group of active members, hoping to increase in size. We have plans to ramp up our online presence, including the website and multiple social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter), with the aim of expanding our network and reach and increasing group membership.

During your volunteering you could spend your time being involved in:

Drive a car? Get your emissions tested! Buying a car? Go electric!

A major cause of poor air quality is vehicle exhaust emissions.

If you drive a car:

- Make sure that your vehicle's emissions are tested regularly to help avoid excess air pollution. 

- Don't idle. You must turn off your engine if your vehicle is stationary. You can be prosecuted or fined by some local councils (including Brent) if you leave your engine running while stationary for more than a few minutes.

Thinking of buying a car?