Insight

Ruling against Heathrow expansion – impacts and significance

Katie de Kauwe28 Feb 2020

Friends of the Earth won its campaign to protect the climate from Heathrow's planned third runway. Lawyer Katie de Kauwe reflects on the significance of the win – and what it might mean for other projects.

Why the Agriculture Bill must support pesticides reduction

13 Feb 2020

After being on hold for a year the Agriculture Bill came back to Parliament in January 2020. The government promises it will help farmers boost nature and tackle climate change. Will it help reverse the damage from overuse of pesticides in our countryside?

Planting more trees can help cut pesticide use

Sandra Bell17 Dec 2019

Planting trees on farms can help reduce pests and diseases and cut the need for chemicals.

The problem with pesticides

Paul de Zylva10 Dec 2019752 kB PDF file

Although pesticides were used initially to benefit human life through increase in agricultural productivity, this report shows that their adverse effects on nature are substantial and that their use now needs to be minimised for the benefit of ecosystems and food production.

Balancing UK Land Use: A Guide to Friends of the Earth’s UK Land Calculator

27 Nov 20191.14 MB PDF fileDirect download

Friends of the Earth has produced a UK Land Use Calculator (referred to below as ‘The Calculator’) that illustrates the issues involved in these questions. This web based graphical tool provides a user friendly way to experiment with choices for future UK land use, and to visualise the nature and scale of their consequences

Balancing UK Land Use: Friends of the Earth’s Illustrative Land Use Scenario

27 Nov 2019847 kB PDF fileDirect download

Friends of the Earth has produced a UK Land Use Calculator. The purpose of the Calculator is to illustrate some of the issues that will affect UK land use over the next 15 years, and to encourage discussion and exploration of these issues. Ultimately such discussion should inform important policy decisions that affect land use in the UK

Public funding for UK trees, woodlands and forests

Paul de Zylva13 Nov 2019

Friends of the Earth analysis shows that UK governments are spending less than £1 per person per year on trees.

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.

A pillar of justice: the impact of legislative reform on access to justice

01 Nov 2019790 kB PDF fileDirect download

Our new report reveals how changes to the law are making it more difficult to stop environmental destruction.

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.

20 actions parish and town councils can take on the climate and nature emergency

Mike Childs01 Oct 2019

Parish and town councils may not be as powerful as local authorities but they can “do their bit” in addressing the climate and nature emergency and be a force for change.

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.