Submitted by ian on Mon, 27/07/2020 - 11:41



The Time is Now
Tulip Siddiq Virtual Lobby
Lobbying Tulip Siddiq (second from top, left)


Dawn Butler Virtual Lobby
Lobbying Dawn Butler (Top Left)

Brent FoE took part in this action organised by The Climate Coalition on June 30th.

Activists from all over the UK came  together for a virtual lobby, urging MPs to put people, climate and nature at the heart of our nation’s recovery. 

The UK is at a turning point. As we build back from the current health crisis, we have the opportunity to rebuild a resilient economy that benefits everyone in society and tackle climate change and nature’s decline, creating jobs and protecting the most vulnerable in the UK and around the world. Or we can let the moment for change pass us by, go back to old ways and wait for new crises to hit. 

Brent Central MP Dawn Butler wrote to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, following the Lobby:

Dear Chancellor,
As the Government sets out its much needed recovery plan for the UK economy post Covid-19, I am writing to ask that you ensure that these plans are green and are fair.
I hope that you will agree with me that green jobs and livelihoods must be at the heart of the economic recovery. Covid-19 has, understandably, distracted us from the issue of climate change but the threat of massive disruption, extremely costly in every way possible, is as present as ever.
As you will know, the Prime Minister has spoken of significant infrastructure building; all this building clearly needs to be planned in line with the best practice for mitigating climate change.
Instead of propping up declining, polluting industries that aren’t fit for purpose I believe we must future-proof livelihoods now by investing in cleaner, fairly paid and sustainable jobs. This needs to include re-training workforce's to ensure that everybody, wherever they live within the UK, can access decent work with a fair wage.

I specifically agree with Friends of the Earth that the Government should:

1. Create 40,000 new jobs and eradicate fuel poverty by rolling out a massive programme of home insulation.

2. Help transition workers from failing polluting industries into clean ones with a dedicated transition fund

3. Guarantee green jobs or training for those made unemployed because of Covid-19

4. Invest in making cycling and walking safe and easy for everyone

5. Reduce air pollution to World Health Organisation standards by 2030 including by investing additional money annually in clean, affordable public transport

6. Ensure access to high quality green spaces for all and create a new legal Right to a Healthy Environment

7. Meet our historical responsibility by providing significant climate finance to support the transition of the world’s poorer nations

8. End UK government investment in overseas coal, oil and gas projects and shift public spending into renewables and supporting a fair transition for workers

9. Only do trade deals that guarantee the highest standards of environmental and public health protection

10. Provide the nations and councils with significant new powers and the funding they need to deliver an inclusive and green recovery in their area

I hope you will agree with me, and Friends of the Earth, that now is the time to take ambitious and decisive action to protect jobs and our future environmental sustainability.

Yours sincerely,

Dawn Butler MP
Labour Member of Parliament for Brent Central

Preparing for COP26 -GBGW and more

Submitted by ian on Sat, 24/07/2021 - 12:53

Great Big Green Week

...and other actions
leading up to COP26

The United Nations 'Conference of the Parties' Climate Change Conference (COP26) will be held this November in Glasgow. This is a crucial event, marking the sixth anniversary of the Paris Climate agreement, with its largely unfulfilled commitment to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. As the UN says, 'COP26 needs to be decisive' in holding nations to the Paris commitments, and ensuring that decarbonisation actually takes place.

In the run up to this event, Friends of the Earth and many other organisations are planning nationwide activities to show politicians that the public is holding them to account, and demanding real, significant measures to ensure the survival of life on this planet.

Brent FoE Hustings

Submitted by ian on Sat, 10/04/2021 - 21:14



On April 8th We hosted an online Hustings, with members of the Green, Labour and Liberal Democrat Parties answering questions of the public, Chaired very capably by local author and barrister Hashi Mohammed. Watch the full video above.


Campaigning in the crisis

Submitted by ian on Sat, 30/05/2020 - 10:50


Covid-19 - How to campaign

These are unsettling times for us all, particularly the most vulnerable in our society. The most important thing you can do right now is to keep yourself, and the wider community, safe. If we are to be effective climate activists in the future, we need to look after our physical and mental wellbeing now.

Friends of the Earth wins campaign to protect the climate from Heathrow Third Runway

Submitted by ian on Wed, 22/04/2020 - 12:28


no 3rd runway

Friends of the Earth Press Release:

Will Rundle, head of legal at Friends of the Earth, said “This ruling is an absolutely ground-breaking result for climate justice. We were fighting a project that would have had dire implications for present and future generations.”