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Brent FoE is the Brent group of Friends of the Earth.
Friends of the Earth is a worldwide organisation with national groups in many countries and many local groups. The UK group can be found at www.foe.co.uk.
We campaign on environmental issues because what affects the environment affects us. So we campaign against the loss of bees as they pollinate our food; we campaign to do all possible to reduce climate change because of the catastrophic effects from global warming predicted by most climate scientists; we campaign for better air quality because of the health dangers associated with current high levels of pollution; we campaign for dangerous chemicals to be removed from products because of the harm to workers and local people who live near the manufacturing areas; we campaign against proposals to begin "fracking" because of the multiple dangers of this technology - the risk to the water table, the possibility of triggering earthquakes and the senselessness of adding another fossil fuel to our energy supply. We also campaign for positive things, such as better transport links, preserving beautiful parts of the landscape and getting solar panels on schools and public buildings.
Brent Friends of the Earth (FoE) was formed in 2006 by Loretta Bradley. We currently have around six active members, and are a diverse group of people with different backgrounds and skills, but we all share the wish to protect and improve our local environment. The group has gone from strength to strength, and was nominated for four FoE National Earthmover awards in the last few years - Group of the Year 2008; our Press Officer, Viv Stein, was runner-up as individual Friend of the Earth in 2009, in 2010 our Brent Cross Cricklewood (BXC) campaign was nominated by FoE for Campaign of the Year, and in 2011 our Green Fair was nominated for Best Outreach Event.
Our activities include running campaign and information stalls, holding public meetings, lobbying the council and politicians, arranging photo events with the local press. We ran a highly successful week of events at the Tricycle Cinema based around the environmental film, The Age of Stupid. We have held a number of public meetings, such as an Eco Hustings before the last general election, and on the Heathrow Expansion. We have helped shape Brent’s climate change strategy, both in its formulation and as representatives on the strategy steering group.
We have taken part in consultations, such as the Council’s and West London waste strategy, lobbying MPs as part of the Big Climate Connection. Members have also sat on the board of the now-defunct Green Zones project, and we also have links with other groups such as Brent Campaign against Climate Change, Brent Sustainability Forum, Kensal to Kilburn and Willesden Transition Towns, and Local Fruit Harvesters. Currently we are campaigning for a sustainable Brent Cross redevelopment (members set up the high-profile BXC Coalition campaign group), on FoE’s Energy campaign against fuel poverty and a campaign for better air quality in Brent.
Brent FoE is currently coordinated jointly by a number of members, and queries are being dealt with primarily by Elaine Sheppard.
We are always keen to hear from new people who want to be involved. If you would like to be part of the group, get in touch, or sign up to our mailing list!
Brent Friends of the Earth meet every month. Meetings are open to all. Please check the home page for the date and venue of the next meeting.
Joining Brent Friends of the Earth
Please do join by contacting us or coming to a meeting. You will be very welcome.