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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.

Background

Brent Friends of the Earth (FoE) was formed in 2006 by Loretta Bradley. We 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!

Meetings

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.

Bunting stall in Queens Park

Submitted by ian on Mon, 18/10/2021 - 10:22

The final of our stalls making bunting with messages to send to COP26 took place outside the Queens Park Farmers' Market on October 17th.

It was a lively event, with adults and children joining in enthusiastically to decorate bunting pennants which will stay up outside Salusbury School for a while.

Below are some photos from the event, as well as a short video compiled by Martin Francis.

 

 

Bunting from Tulip Siddiq MP
Bunting from Tulip Siddiq MP

Brent FoE Flood and Nature Walk 26th September - report and pics

Submitted by ian on Tue, 28/09/2021 - 11:10

Nineteen people turned up for our walk along the Wealdstone Brook and River Brent, looking at the way this natural feature had been built upon and hidden, and highlighting the possible danger of flooding as climate change continues.

Martin Francis pointed out the route of the waterways, sometimes hidden under high tower blocks, with further development ongoing. Some parts of the walk took us through harsh concrete landscapes, some through much more pleasant environments, with well-used open spaces and some attractive meadowland (though in some places it was apparent that the invasive Japanese Knotweed still posed a threat).

The group paused at the pleasant shingle riverbank, where people made paper boats, which were adorned with messages about climate change, and launched into the water. Martin was also on hand to catch the boats downstream in his nets. Other boats made by Cllr Janice Long and Ruth Kitching, will be sent to Glasgow to be incorporated into an installation to be erected outside the COP26 meetings.

A more detailed account of the walk and issues behind it can be found on Martin's blog here.

Photos below are by Barney Laurance:

 

Martin talking

Our bunting stalls in Harlesden and Wembley

Submitted by ian on Fri, 10/09/2021 - 19:31

Here are some pictures from our stall in Harlesden on 10th September and Wembley on 25th September. Lots of engagement with people of all  ages - children were particularly keen to send a message about what should be done to stop climate change. More reporting and pictures at https://wembleymatters.blogspot.com/2021/09/harlesden-sends-resounding-….

 Next stall on October 17th in Queens Park. Details on front page.

 

Harlesden:

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