Environmental justice

Air pollution in local authority areas spreadsheet

01 Oct 202252 kB XLSX file

This spreadsheet lists the number and proportion of very high air pollution neighbourhoods grouped by local authority area. It includes data on NO2, PM10 and PM2.5 levels in comparison with World Health Organization guidelines. Download the spreadsheet for more information.

Air pollution and schools spreadsheet

01 Oct 2022120 kB XLSX file

This spreadsheet lists the schools that are in neighbourhoods with very high air pollution, grouped by local authority area. Download the spreadsheet for more information.

Which neighbourhoods have the worst air pollution?

01 Oct 2022

Air pollution poses a serious threat to lives and livelihoods. Find out which neighbourhoods in England and Wales have the highest levels of air pollution and how the impacts of dirty air are unfairly distributed across society.

Why the energy crisis demands street by street energy saving measures

Mike Childs22 Aug 2022

Mike Childs explains why the UK needs to roll out an energy saving programme, starting with the 8,927 neighbourhoods most in need.

Who suffers most from heatwaves in the UK?

13 Jul 2022

New research identifies the communities most vulnerable to the health impacts of heatwaves.

Environmental priorities for the Conservative Party's new leader

08 Jul 2022

As Prime Minister how did Boris Johnson do on the global challenges of climate change and nature? And what environmental commitments should those seeking to succeed him make as they launch their leadership campaigns?

Why we need more trees in the UK

Mike Childs, Paul de Zylva and Nick Rau22 Jun 20226.52 MB PDF file

More trees are needed to cool our cities, to make farming resilient, to restore nature, and to replace the UK's imports of timber which are having a devastating impact on wildlife-rich forests overseas. Can it be done, and done fairly? And how many more trees are needed?

Is the government's levelling up plan any good?

Sandra Bell10 May 2022

The UK government has made levelling up a priority. Senior Sustainability Analyst Sandra Bell sets out 5 tests to assess the strength of the government’s approach and whether it will help the poorest communities. As the government's programme progresses, including draft legislation following the Queen’s Speech, Friends of the Earth will use these tests to report on progress.

New UK law won’t halt deforestation or protect human rights

Clare Oxborrow06 Jan 2022

Commodity supply chains are trashing forests and trampling human rights. Clare Oxborrow explains why the government’s new Environment Act will fail to protect communities and why it must take effective action to regulate UK companies.

Rank of fuel poverty neighbourhoods by LA

17 Nov 202137 kB XLSX file

Data on levels of fuel poverty in neighbourhoods by local authority area.

Faster, deeper and fairer carbon pollution cuts needed

Mike Childs27 Jan 2021

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

Population, consumption and human rights: our position

10 Nov 2020

Does population growth really impact the environment, or should our focus be on factors like consumption and inequality? Read Friends of the Earth's position on population, consumption and human rights.

England's green space gap

Paul de Zylva, Chris Gordon-Smith, Mike Childs15 Sep 2020

This report exposes how widespread green space deprivation is, how it is an issue of racial injustice as well as concern from a public health perspective, and what needs to be done to fix the problem. It also showcases great examples of community led initiatives.

England's Green Space Gap, full report

Paul de Zylva, Chris Gordon-Smith, Mike Childs13 Sep 20201.85 MB PDF file

The full report of England's Green Space Gap including more detail, more data, and more references.

UK trade and the environment: Our position

03 Apr 2020

The UK’s exit from the EU represents a critical juncture for shaping the future role of the UK in global economic systems, and the way in which future UK trade actions impact upon the environment. Here we set out our key recommendations for future UK trade policy.