Nature

Why a hasty trade deal may not be good for us – or for the environment

Kierra Box, Trade Campaigner19 Aug 2021

What precedent might be set by the new Australia trade deal and what could it tell us about the future for UK environmental standards?

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

Mike Childs24 Jun 2021

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

2021 - A big year for climate, nature and poverty

Paul de Zylva03 Jun 2021

Will government and business leaders act on the triple emergency? Or will government and business-as-usual win?

Are England’s new plans for trees and peat fit for purpose?

Paul de Zylva20 May 2021

Like proverbial double decker buses, two major action plans have arrived at the same time. The government’s Peat and Trees Action Plans were expected, but are they worth the wait? Paul de Zylva picks the high, the lows, and points to what comes next.

Three things the government must do to end the peat scandal

Paul de Zylva21 Apr 2021

If the government wants other nations to step up to the climate and ecological crises, it must show a clean pair of hands on peat.

Why the government is wrong to ever allow banned neonics on our fields

Sandra Bell25 Mar 2021

Documents revealed by Freedom of Information rules show that when the government gave temporary approval to lift the ban on bee-harming chemicals it went against the recommendation of its own advisors.

The climate crisis - how international trade must change 

Kierra Box08 Feb 2021

Trade campaigner Kierra Box starts a conversation about which trade policy levers could deliver positive change and where politics needs to shift. 

Privatising the planning system - just for the few? 

Naomi Luhde-Thompson, Senior Planner14 Jan 2021

Why proposed planning reforms are socially unjust and bad for climate change. 

Why council action on climate is vital

Sandra Bell08 Dec 2020

Sandra Bell explains why local council action is vital to achieving a green recovery and net zero, and why the government must give them greater support as recommended by the Climate Change Committee.

Planning for the future - Friends of the Earth response to the White Paper

Naomi Luhde-Thompson, Kate Gordon12 Nov 2020

The government recently consulted on its proposed radical reforms to the planning system. We outlined our concerns that these will diminish local accountability, erode local democracy by curtailing the right of communities to influence planning and development in their area and fail to tackle the urgent climate and ecological emergencies.

Missing in action: natural climate solutions in England's national parks

Danny Gross29 Sep 2020

This report uncovers the untapped potential of natural climate solutions in England’s national parks, and explores how the government and National Park Authorities can better support woodland creation and ecosystem restoration in these treasured landscapes.

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.

Nine principles for using our land wisely at a time of climate and nature crises

Sandra Bell01 May 2020

How we use our land sometimes seems like a 1000-piece jigsaw where we need to put the right pieces in the right places - to cut climate emissions and boost nature. It’s particularly tricky because there’s more than one correct way to complete it. In this article I propose 9 principles that fit with Friends of the Earth’s approach to tackling the climate and nature crises here and overseas – a guide to completing the jigsaw.

Finding the land to double tree cover

Guy Shrubsole with research by Chris Gordon-Smith17 Mar 2020

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