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What we do And how we work

Together we create change

The first images of Earth from space inspired a movement of people who wanted to protect the only planet we have to call home.

Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland is a grassroots environmental campaigning community. From our campaigners and lawyers to local groups and supporters, we push for change on causes that matter to you:

  • Protecting your home and local environment.
  • Adopting alternative energy solutions.
  • Fighting for environmental and social justice globally.
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Our groups

Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland has local groups in around 130 neighbourhoods, and since Summer 2020 more than 200 Climate Action groups have been set up with our support.

These groups are run by thousands of people just like you from all types of backgrounds, including nurses, students and grandparents. They bring people together to make their communities more climate friendly and fight against climate-wrecking projects.

Find out what your local group is working on, or join a Climate Action group near you. If there isn't one, consider starting one yourself.

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How we work

Fires, floods, drought. Climate breakdown is overwhelming, and it can often feel out of our control.

But the solutions are out there, and there are things we can do to bring about systemic change before it's too late.

Watch the video and see how we can achieve a fairer, more climate friendly world.

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Our global community

When you join Friends of the Earth, you become part of the biggest grassroots environmental campaigning community in the world. It covers 75 countries – from Norway to Australia, from South Korea to Colombia.

We're talking around 5,000 local activist groups and over 2 million members and supporters worldwide. All of them doing incredible things for a healthier, fairer world.

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Where do we stand on...

  • consumption
  • economic growth
  • nuclear power

As well as our main campaigns, our policy experts produce a lot of in-depth analysis of topics as diverse as pesticides, planning laws and rewilding. 

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At Friends of the Earth we believe that everyone has the right to live free from abuse of any kind.

We have a responsibility to keep children and adults, including vulnerable adults/adults at risk, safe and we are committed to protecting children and adults in all of our activities. We will do everything in our power to ensure children and adults who come into contact with Friends of the Earth, in any capacity, are safeguarded.

If you have any questions or concerns about safeguarding at Friends of the Earth, email the Safeguarding Team at

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