On Monday 29 January, several EFoE members attended an anti-fracking demo outside the Houses of Parliament, where MPs were voting on a moratorium on fracking during the Third Reading debate of the Infrastructure Bill. As you probably know, 302 MPs voted against a temporary ban, with 50 MPs in favour, so fracking can go ahead. Most Labour MPs, including Stephen Pound and Virendra Sharma, abstained; Angie Bray voted against. There were some concessions; fracking is to be banned in national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty and areas close to groundwater sources. Companies will have to carry out environmental monitoring at a proposed fracking site for 12 months before starting to drill, rather than the current voluntary three months.
Saturday 7 March – a busy day for EFoE!
As you saw above, we'll be having our usual stall at the Animal Welfare Bazaar, 10.30 am – 4.00 pm at the Hanwell Methodist Church, Church Road, W7 1DJ.
However, it's also the day of the Climate March, assembly time 12.30 in Lincoln's Inn Fields, setting off at 1.00pm for Parliament Square. The demonstration aims to put pressure on political parties before the general election, and raise the profile of climate change. It is also intended to energise and strengthen the climate movement . It will be followed by local action immediately before the general election, the Climate Coalition lobby of Parliament in June and planning throughout 2015 towards the crucial climate talks taking place in Paris in December. See www.timetoact2015.org for more information.
We have a couple of people on the stall throughout the day, but if you're able to put in an hour or so that would be very much appreciated.
If you'd like to join EFoE members for the march, that would be great too.
In either case, please let Virginia know (firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8847 0016)
There are lots of other things going on in the coming weeks – see next pages
Southall Transition Event
Saturday 7 February, 7pm at St George's Community Centre, Southall UB1 1NP
'Taking Root – the vision of Wangari Maathai'
This film tells the story of the Green Belt Movement of Kenya and its founder Wangari Maathai, the first environmentalist and first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She discovered her life's work by reconnecting with the rural women with who she had grown up,. They told her they were walking long distances for firewood, clean water was scarce, the soil was disappearing from the fields, and children were suffering from malnutrition. A tree-planting programme grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights and defend democracy.
All welcome to this free event. Refreshments available. For further information see www.southalltransition.org
Brent FoE Public Meeting
Tuesday 10 February, 7.30pm – 9pm
Floods – coming soon to a High Street near you …?
Talk and discussion with Guy Shrubsole, Climate Campaigner, Friends of the Earth.
Are we at risk? What can we do to tackle floods and climate change in Brent?
Watling Gardens Community Meeting Room, 97/135 Watling Gardens, Shoot Up Hill, NW2 3UB (5 mins from Kilburn tube, 10 mins from Brondesbury Overground).
Free event – all welcome. Refreshments available. See www.brentfoe.com for more information.
Global Divestment Day
Saturday 14 February, 12.30 at City Hall SE1 2AA
Londoners will be calling on the Mayor and London Assembly to demand divestment from fossil fuels. While promising high on climate change, their pension fund still invests millions of pounds in fossil fuel companies every year. Come along to hear inspiring speakers and have some fun! Wear blue and bring an umbrella if you can (even if it's not raining – you'll find out why when you get there).
More information on www.divestlondon.org
Ealing Transition/EFoE Joint Event
Film Show 'Disruption'
Sunday 15 February, 7.30 pm at St Mary's Church, St Mary's Road, Ealing W5 5RH
'Disruption' takes an unflinching look at the devastating consequences of our inaction on climate change. It also takes us behind the scenes of the efforts to organise the largest climate rally in history during the UN world climate summit.
The film is being shown as a run-up to next month's Climate March. It will be followed by a speaker from Campaign against Climate Change (Claire James, who some of you will know as she's an EFoE member), a question and answer session, and group discussions.
All welcome. Free entry (donations towards costs). Refreshments available.
Saturday 21 February: Friends of the Earth Greater South East Regional Gathering
11.30 to 16.30 at The Printworks, Clapham Road, Stockwell SW9 0HP
A chance to network with other groups and FoE campaigners. To find out more and to book a place see www.foe.co.uk/page/greater-south-east-regional-gathering
Free Public Lectures
Food Security – maintaining resources in the age of globalisation of trade
Friday evenings 13 Feb – 20 March, 18.30, Lecture Theatre B33, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square
World population projections show that there will be many more mouths to feed in coming decades. In an increasingly urbanised world, some see solutions in energy-intensive, industrial scale farming, fisheries and food distribution, while others advocate smaller scale, local activity. Much of this will be affected by climate change. This lecture series, organised by the Ecology and Conservation Studies Society and the Linnean Society of London, explores the issues and tries to answer some of the questions.
For more information on individual talks and speakers, visit