Insight

Transforming transport funding to meet our climate targets

Lynn Sloman and Lisa Hopkinson, Transport for Quality of Life04 Nov 2019

Money shouldn't be a barrier to providing brilliant public transport and cycling infrastructure. This briefing outlines the many sources of funding used overseas and makes recommendations for the UK.

Our 2019 General Election manifesto

31 Oct 2019

Friends of the Earth will assess the 2019 political party General Election manifestos based on 10 demands, ranging from policies on aviation to improvements in democracy.

A radical transport response to the climate emergency

Lynn Sloman and Lisa Hopkinson, Transport for Quality of Life26 Oct 2019

Transport is now the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK and emissions are rising. This briefing outlines far-reaching changes to deliver the reductions needed and ensure a decent transport system that works for everyone.

An Eco Levy for driving: cut carbon, clean up toxic air and make our towns and cities liveable

Lynn Sloman and Lisa Hopkinson, Transport for Quality of Life23 Oct 2019

This briefing identifies why road pricing is necessary to reduce traffic levels and how using the funds raised to support public transport is critical to its success.

Ending plastic pollution – briefing

02 Sep 2019

Find out what the role of government should be in tackling the plastic crisis.

Letter to the Chancellor on the 2019 Spending Review

02 Sep 2019118 kB PDF file

A letter to the Chancellor by Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and others ahead of the 2019 Spending Review

Government spending needed on climate and nature emergency

02 Sep 20193.2 MB PDF file

Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and others have identified that the government needs to spend £42 billion a year on climate change and nature.

Driving pesticide reduction – why the government must set ambitious targets

Sandra Bell28 Aug 2019

Will the UK government step up action on pesticides reduction in response to the current ecological crisis?

A net zero carbon budget for the whole transport sector

Lisa Hopkinson and Lynn Sloman, Transport for Quality of Life27 Jun 2019

Analysis shows Department for Transport plans will cause UK to breach carbon budgets; radical new plan needed to cut aviation and road transport carbon by 2030

Finding the land to double tree cover

Guy Shrubsole with research by Chris Gordon-Smith18 Jun 2019

Is there really space in the UK to double tree cover? And where’s best to grow all those trees?

There’s something wrong in the countryside: rising pesticide use in the UK

05 Jun 2019

A close look at pesticide use reveals we’re treating crops more frequently and with a greater variety of chemicals than ever before – it’s time to reverse this trend and put the UK onto a trajectory of pesticide reduction.

Court order quashes fracking policy

03 Jun 2019

A recent ruling by a High Court judge has huge significance both for those fighting fracking applications and for planning authorities and communities looking to prepare climate-friendly, resilient plans and policies.

Faster, deeper, and fairer carbon pollution cuts needed

03 Jun 2019

Faster, deeper and fairer carbon pollution cuts than those recommended by the Committee on Climate Change are possible and necessary.

Getting the Department for Transport on the right track

Lisa Hopkinson and Lynn Sloman, Transport for Quality of Life24 May 2019

A damning indictment of the failure of the Department for Transport to give proper regard to the Climate Change Act.

Ever decreasing circle: 3 major warnings of nature’s catastrophic decline.

Paul de Zylva24 May 2019

“The essential, interconnected web of life on Earth is getting smaller and increasingly frayed.”