Latest Publications

Earthmatters Autumn 2023

29 Aug 2023 | 17.75 MB PDF file
Download the autumn 2023 issue of Friends of the Earth's biannual magazine Earthmatters.

The issue includes creative ideas on how to bring back nature for children, a deep dive on air pollution laws under threat, and an inspiring story of communities fighting fossil fuels in Northern Ireland.

Earthmatters Spring 2023

16 Feb 2023 | 7.12 MB PDF file
Download the spring 2023 issue of Friends of the Earth's biannual magazine Earthmatters.

This issue includes features on our United for Warm Homes campaign combating the energy and climate crisis, how divestment takes away the finance behind fossil fuel industries, and how we take local authorities to court, as well as successes from across the Friends of the Earth network.

Briefing: Persons Unknown Injunctions –Supreme Court Appeal

06 Feb 2023 | 188 kB PDF file
On 8 and 9 February 2023 Friends of the Earth is supporting an appeal brought by three Gypsy and Traveller charities at the Supreme Court. The case concerns injunctions against ‘persons unknown’.

In recent years there has been a dramatic increase in the use of these injunctions by private companies and public authorities, which have targeted both the Gypsy and Traveller community and environmental protestors. These injunctions are brought against unnamed individuals who are defined according to the actions they take in a specific geographical area. They have been used by fossil fuel companies against community-based anti-fracking campaigns and across the whole of the HS2 route.

The three charities bringing the Supreme Court appeal are: London Gypsies and Travellers; Friends, Families and Travellers; and Derbyshire Gypsy Liaison Group. Both Friends of the Earth and Liberty are supporting the appeal and have been granted permission to intervene. Both will make submissions regarding how these injunctions can infringe on protest rights. Friends of the Earth recognises the right of Gypsies and Travellers to maintain their unique, nomadic way of life, and believes that citizens must be free to voice their concerns over government inaction on the climate and nature crisis. The appeal is opposed by several local authorities, and by HS2 and the Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Mark Harper MP.

Earthmatters Autumn 2022

04 Oct 2022 | 5.7 MB PDF file
Download the autumn 2022 issue of Friends of the Earth's biannual magazine Earthmatters.

This issue includes features on disability and activism, biodiversity for wellbeing, and how we can stop businesses from harming the planet, as well as top climate stories from around the world.

Earthmatters Spring 2022

07 Mar 2022 | 5.4 MB PDF file
Download the spring 2022 issue of Friends of the Earth's biannual magazine Earthmatters.

The issue includes top climate stories from across the globe, a breakdown of the legal challenges we're taking on to put a stop to fossil fuel reliance, and a quick dive into the wonders of farming with trees.

Chair recruitment pack

13 Dec 2021 | 233 kB PDF file
This pack includes a welcome from Vice Chair and our Co-Executive Directors, all about Friends of the Earth, our values, strategy and business plan, the role description and how to apply and key dates.

A magical village powered by citizens: Bosnia-Herzegovina's pioneering crowdfunder

02 Nov 2021 | 20.73 MB MP3 file
Real World Media Europe Podcast
Published: 2019
Running time: 30 minutes

Pecka is a mountain village that became a solar energy community following a groundbreaking crowdfunding scheme by Friends of the Earth Europe.

More than €6,000 was raised, which brought solar thermal collectors for hot water and photovoltaic panels for power generation to the mountain village of Pecka.

Earthmatters Autumn 2021

07 Oct 2021 | 3.94 MB PDF file
Welcome to the Autumn 2021 edition of Friends of the Earth's magazine, Earthmatters.

This issue is all about taking on the giants, and how together we can fight for the planet as a global network.

Look forward to a feature on biodiversity, find out all about the habitat's that store carbon, feel inspired by success stories around the world and loads more.

Episode 21: Black Girls Hike

07 Oct 2021 | 15.77 MB MP3 file
As lockdowns ease and we're able to get out again we look at groups working to address the under-representation of black and brown people in the outdoors. Over a couple of future episodes, we speak to people who are challenging this.

Louisa and Danny speak to Rhiane Fatinikun. In 2019 Rhiane set up a small walking group Black Girls Hike, which today has thousands of members, providing a safe space for black women to explore the outdoors and reconnect with nature.

Episode 22: How 17,000 people took Shell to court – and won

28 Sep 2021 | 18.63 MB MP3 file
In summer 2021, in a ground-breaking ruling, a Dutch court ordered Shell to reduce its emissions by 45% by 2030.

The case was brought by Friends of the Earth Netherlands, alongside 17,000 co-plaintiffs and other organisations.

In this episode, Fran and Finn speak to Nine de Pater from Friends of the Earth Netherlands to hear about the case and how these changes can have a wide impact on our planet.

How to Save the Planet podcast will be taking a short break. We'll be back with more interviews in 2022. Thanks for listening!

Episode 20: What’s wrong with the Policing Bill?

11 Jun 2021 | 23.23 MB MP3 file
Head of Political Affairs Dave Timms and Mattey Mitchell from Friends, Families and Travellers reflect on the dangers of the government's controversial new Policing Bill, including the risk it poses to peaceful protest and how the bill affects the rights of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

Episode 19: Do local elections matter?

27 Apr 2021 | 12.78 MB MP3 file
On 6 May, communities across Wales and much of England will be voting in a series of elections for their next Metro Mayor, local council and Senedd representatives.
We speak to Connie and Jackie, local campaigners in Friends of the Earth's network of grassroots groups, to find out what they want local candidates to prioritise and what they're doing to make sure climate is a priority for all parties.

Mini-series: A better future, episode 3

01 Apr 2021 | 19.31 MB MP3 file
A green, low-carbon future means new jobs and industries that are good for the environment and the people in them. But what counts as a green job, how do you get one, and what should government be doing to create more?

Louisa and Danny chat to Clare Linton from Urban Transport Group and Lola Fayokun from Teach The Future about how to get a green job.

Mini-series: A better future, episode 2

03 Mar 2021 | 23.15 MB MP3 file
Part of our plan for building a greener and fairer future as we recover from the pandemic is to fix the broken economy. But what's broken about it? What might a different approach look like? And what difference would that actually make to your life?

Fran and Danny talk to Adrienne Buller from think tank Common Wealth to uncover answers to all of these burning questions.

Episode 18: A green and stress-free Christmas

03 Mar 2021 | 23.91 MB MP3 file
The holiday season is barrelling towards us, and it can be a stressful time of year, even as we try to relax.

So, Muna and Louisa speak to Tori Tsui, a climate and mental health activist who is loaded with tips on how we can look after ourselves, each other and the planet as we make it through the final hurdle of 2020.

Head to Instagram to follow Tori @toritsui_ 

Episode 16: How are climate and racism connected?

03 Mar 2021 | 19.22 MB MP3 file
What is environmental justice? How are black and brown communities impacted by climate breakdown differently? Why do equality and anti-racism need to be central to the environmental movement?

Muna chats to MP David Lammy, MEP Magid Magid and activist Mikaela Loach about how climate and race are connected, and what we can do to make the environment movement more inclusive.

Episode 15: Loving fashion and the planet

03 Mar 2021 | 18.03 MB MP3 file
As fashion week draws to a close, we take a look at one of our most problematic faves – new clothes.

Muna and Louisa speak to fashion insiders Ros, from, and Marie, founder of CONGREGATIONcollective, to find out what we can do as consumers to push the fashion industry to be better, and what companies and our government should do to make the important changes we need to see.

Episode 14: Greening the transport sector

03 Mar 2021 | 16.51 MB MP3 file
Outside of our major cities, we're mostly reliant on cars to get us around, despite their impact on climate breakdown. Could bike infrastructure and our public transport system ever be accessible enough to challenge the car's rule?

In this episode, Muna talks to Haf from Friends of the Earth Cymru , Ian from Transport for Quality of Life and Ridhi from Sustrans , all of whom are working on making our approach to transport that bit greener.

Episode 13: How to talk about climate

03 Mar 2021 | 21.18 MB MP3 file
Caring about the climate doesn't mean it's easy to talk about, and conversations with friends and family can often get tricky.

Muna and Fran speak to Cassie Flynn  (Strategic Advisor on Climate for the United Nations Development Programme ) about key lessons she's learned from a long career of having those difficult conversations.