Society

Friends of the Earth's response to changes in the current planning system

Kate Gordon, Senior Planner12 Nov 2020

The government is proposing changes to the current planning system. Our response outlines our concerns that these will make it harder for local authorities to take account of sustainable development and climate change in planning decisions, remove local democratic oversight and reduce fairness and transparency.

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.

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.

The EU-UK future trade relationship: our position

23 Apr 2020

Friends of the Earth sets out a broad vision of how the future EU-UK relationship can best serve our environment and society. 

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.

Climate emergency – system change v lifestyle change

Clare Oxborrow02 Mar 2020

Based on recent research we argue that changing behaviour has an important role to play in transforming politics to save the planet.

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.

Climate change – 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.

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.

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.

Climate refugees: our position

23 Nov 2017

Refugees don’t just flee wars, persecution and intolerance. Sometimes it’s droughts, floods or famine: Friends of the Earth’s position on climate change and environmental refugees.

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.

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.

Citizen Participation and Popular Education in the City

Dr Eurig Scandrett01 Sep 2013External link

How citizen participation in cities can contribute to wellbeing within environmental limits.

Working Future? Jobs and the environment

01 Nov 1994External link

A book published by Friends of the Earth in 1994.