Environmental justice

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.

Our rights to challenge bad environmental decisions at risk

Julia Eriksen, Phil Michaels Legal Scholar12 Dec 2019

Our new report "A Pillar of Justice" reveals how changes to the law are making it more difficult to stop environmental destruction.

Can achieving net zero in Global Britain ever be fair to everyone?

Kierra Box, Trade campaigner06 Nov 2019

Kierra Box asks whether a net zero UK can save us from the climate emergency and also be fair to everyone.

Fighting back: defending the right to protest

Katie de Kauwe. Lawyer, Friends of the Earth Legal Team22 Jul 2019

Katie de Kauwe explains how Friends of the Earth is taking legal action to support the right to protest against fracking.

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.

Taking the government to court over its environmental governance

Katie de Kauwe10 Apr 2019

Why Friends of the Earth has taken the government to court over the new national planning policy.

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.

Protest and non-violent action: our position

07 Sep 2018

Friends of the Earth supports the right of individuals and organisations to take part in peaceful protest and nonviolent direct action where this is likely to support the achievement of its objectives.