Our work with local authorities

Friends of the Earth works with local government to put the environment at the heart of decision making.
  Published:  31 Aug 2017    |      Last updated:  03 Aug 2020    |      1 minute read

The best places to live and work in the future will be those where local people have a say in what works best for them and the environment.

Local government has a massive role in this – from recycling to road schemes to home energy. It's critical in tackling big issues such as climate change and the impacts of the food system. And it represents people at local level.

It's partly through our work with local authorities that millions of people now live in areas that have declared themselves free of genetically-modified food and farming, but there's so much more we can achieve by working closely with councils.

Climate challenge

Right now local government is key to facing up to the challenge of cutting carbon emissions. Local government's unique knowledge of their areas, their track record in service delivery, regulatory and procurement powers mean they are ideally placed to drive carbon emissions reductions all over the country. With more support and funding from national government, local authorities can tackle climate breakdown and create greener, healthier living spaces for all.

Tackling climate change must be at the centre of local government's vision for their communities. 

Acting local

We work with communities to make sure their voices are heard by decision makers at local and national level.

Our network of more than 291 local groups and teams of regional campaigners engage local government and communities in working for a better environment for everyone.

The key thing for me about Friends of the Earth is that it's ordinary individuals getting involved, telling politicians like me what needs to be done. Councillor Neil Harrison, Bristol

We engage with leading councils and community groups. And we work with stakeholders like the Local Government Association to create solutions that work for councils and the people they represent. 

Friends of the Earth has been actively involved in supporting Birmingham's work to create a truly low-carbon city. [Its] support to projects like this is critical. Keith Budden, Birmingham Environment Partnership