Insight

New tricks: biodiversity offsetting and mining

19 Feb 2019

Biodiversity offsetting allows damage to nature in one area to be offset through conservation work in another but we show this is harming people and nature in Madagascar and elsewhere.

Transforming public transport

15 Feb 2019

Free bus travel should be offered in the UK to the under 30's as a stepping stone to free bus travel for all.

Planning for less car use

03 Feb 2019

Urban sprawl needs to be stopped. We need a diverse mix of new developments in existing urban areas with high quality public transport, cycling and walking.

More than electric cars

01 Feb 2019

Even a very rapid switch to electric cars will not reduce greenhouse gas emissions enough. In addition, traffic levels need to be reduced by at least 20%.

The future of heating

Mike Childs01 Aug 2018

The UK should use renewable energy to heat homes and businesses. It should do that through electric heating backed up by renewably-produced hydrogen.

Why women will save the planet

01 Mar 2018External link

The International Women’s Day book that states there is no solution to climate change without women’s empowerment.

Refashioning food systems with sustainable diets guidelines

Professor Tim Lang01 May 20171.21 MB PDF file

Food consumption impacts on environment, health, society and economy. We argue for a sustainable diets strategy.

Big Ideas project features in The Ecologist

17 Mar 2017External link

It's not enough to oppose all the bad things. We also have to build our own vision of the future, and map out how to get there.

30 Big Ideas to change the world

14 Feb 2017839 kB PDF file

Over a period of 4 years Friends of the Earth investigated 10 big research areas, from the future of cities to innovation to the role of gender equality.

Sharing cities: a case for truly smart and sustainable cities

02 Nov 2015External link

McLaren and Agyeman go beyond the faddish, commercial sharing economy to means of sharing that are communal, encouraging trust and collaboration.

Campaigning for change: lessons from history

05 Jun 20155.81 MB PDF file

Historians and campaigners explore the history of campaigning – and what lessons may be drawn for fighting modern-day causes.

Mind your step

30 May 20154.59 MB PDF file

The land and water footprints of everyday products.

The Empathy Effect

Roman Krznaric01 Mar 2015898 kB PDF fileDirect download

How empathy drives common values, social justice and environmental action

Heathrow - a litany of broken promises

12 Feb 2015201 kB PDF file

Heathrow Terminal 5 and Runway 3 - this briefing offers a chronological summary of broken promises over the expansion of Heathrow Airport between 1993 and 2015.

The four footprints technical briefing

02 Feb 2015492 kB PDF file

The Four Footprints: frequently asked questions for policy makers.