Plastic straws in cinemas

Big cinema chains, including Cineworld, Odeon and Vue,

throw away tonnes of plastic straws.

They’re among the biggest causes of plastic pollution in the UK, clogging up landfill and choking our oceans.

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Zero Waste Shopping

Zero-waste shopping can mean a number of things: buying articles designed to last, eg, good-quality T-shirts that last for years rather than cheap ones that lose their shape after a couple of washes; buying secondhand from charity shops, Ebay, etc, or obtaining goods from Freecycle, Freegle, etc; and repairing or repurposing items.

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What you can do to cut down on plastic usage


Heathrow latest

March 2018

For almost 50 years, the aviation industry and its lobbyists have argued for a new runway in the Southeast. Since then, successive governments have oscillated between wanting to press ahead with expansion and putting it into the ‘too difficult’ box because of social and environmental impacts. But following the reports of the Airports Commission, the government decided it wanted a new runway at Heathrow.

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                                                   PETITION TO BAN NEONICS TO HELP KEEP BEES SAFE

We’re closer than ever to a game-changing neonics ban that would help to keep Europe’s bees safe

from these dangerous pesticides.

Earlier this year, the European Commission issued a proposal to national governments that could

determine the future of three neonics in Europe

 three widely used pesticides that are toxic to bees.

The leaked proposal reveals that an almost complete ban could be in place as early as this year -- if approved by a majority of EU member states.

All of us depend on the countless food crops bees pollinate. With bee colonies across the world collapsing, a neonics ban is huge news!

But the pesticide lobby is already gearing up to stop the groundbreaking ban.

That’s why we need a massive, people-powered push to make sure EU member states side with the bees -- and all of us -- over corporate giants like Bayer and Syngenta.


The EU proposal is a crucial follow up to the partial ban on the use of three widespread neonicotinoids on certain crops adopted in 2013.

Five years later, it’s even harder to ignore the scientific consensus that neonics used on crops are harming the bees that pollinate them.

And the European Food Safety Authority has acknowledged that too.

The proposal is far from being perfect -- it allows the banned neonics to be used in greenhouses.

But it is a huge step towards a future free of bee-killing pesticides. And you can help make this happen!

Governments are expected to position themselves in mid-May 2018, which means we don’t have much time left to make our voices heard.

With the pesticide industry poised to fight this proposal tooth and nail, it’s crucial our governments are hearing from us.


Together we’ve made huge strides towards ridding the world of neonic pesticides.

Canada is considering a ban on one of the industry’s most popular neonicotinoids, and France is poised to institute a total ban by 2018.

But in order to ensure a liveable future for the bees -- and all of us -- we need to come together now to push for a total ban of bee-killing neonics in Europe.

 Sign the Petition 


HEATHROW 3rd RUNWAY re-consultation on the National Policy Statement (NPS)

West London FoE have issued a summary of arguments to use when responding to the consultation.

These cover:

air pollution, noise, surface access, climate change,

 demand, economic impact & scope of the NPS.


Read the summary

Don't risk water pollution from oil drilling on Leith Hill
 You can read more and sign the petition here:

Check Local Pollution Levels

See how polluted your area is right now with this Live Air Quality Data:  

This map shows a pollution "nowcast", which is a service to show current pollution levels in detail across London in comparison with the Government's Air Pollution Index.

It is created by combining readings taken within the last hour and air pollution modelling in London.

 As you zoom into the map you will see which areas are currently experiencing higher pollution levels than others, usually those areas close to busy roads.


Also the BBC provide a “How polluted is your street” website where

you can enter a postcode:




by Virginia

This event, which takes place in early March at ExCel, is primarily for built-environment professionals,

but it's interesting for the non-specialist as well.

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 World's Fight Against Plastic Bags

Several areas have plastic bag bans and/or taxes in place,

the following list is not comprehensive.

It simply paints an overall picture of the overwhelming global concern that plastic bag use has caused

and what is being done in response.

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Bees in Perivale Wood

We are all being encouraged to ‘be nice’ to bees, and there has been a big increase in beekeeping in the past few years. But according to a survey at Perivale Wood Local Nature Reserve, the honeybees there might be bad news

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Resist a US trade deal - your life may depend on it

GeorgeMonbiot, The Guardian 14 Feb 2018

We cannot trust our government to fight America’s disgusting farming practices.

Unless we mobilise, US livestock pumped full of antibiotics will harm us all.

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New film: WTF? Where's The Fish?

Marinet are pleased to announce the premiere release of a film about life in the Ocean in 2050.

 The YouTube link is

You can also see the full film on Marinet’s website


FOE Nature Network

FOE have produced a new website:
The Climate Majority

Less than 40% of people have a strong view on climate change,

either being very concerned or in denial.

About 60% accept climate change is real but don’t think we should prioritise action.

This and much more is contained in a new book by Leo Barasi called ‘The Climate Majority’.

To get a copy of the short slide pack, contact  Or, of course, read the book!


 ISBN-13: 978-1-78026-407-3          e-book: 978-1-78026-408-0


Why are the crucial questions about Hurricane Harvey not being asked?

George Monbiot  Guardian 29 Aug 17

Though the links are clear and obvious, most reports on Hurricane Harvey  

have made no mention of the human contribution to it.


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Car use is in decline

Campaign for better transport 27 July 17

Latest figures show that car use in the UK is in decline

It's time for a roads rethink: less traffic, cleaner air and a safer, greener environment.

That's our message to the Government and Highways England

as they plan the next Road Investment Strategy. 

21 March 17 - Environment Agency has responded to our concerns ...


... about fracking company Cuadrilla’s water monitoring in Lancashire. Read their response


                20 March to 20 April 17- Results from our air diffusion tubes                                


Our results required calibration and adjustment alongside government figures.

This was called a bias adjustment.

FoE have spoken to experts in monitoring and

have adjusted our results for accuracy

using a bias correction factor for the type of diffusion tube we used.

This involved multiplying our results by 0.92.

                                      Adjusted results

Global Divestment Mobilisation


             click here to watch

Greening Front Gardens

In London and many other towns and cities in Britain, more and more front gardens are being bricked, paved or concreted over ...more ...     watch the video


            The Climate crisis is already here - but we are the only ones who will tell you

by George Monbiot 3 Aug 2016

2016 was the hottest year ever measured. The previous record was set in 2015; the one before in 2014. 

15 of the 16 warmest years have occurred in the 21st century.

Each of the past 14 months has beaten the global monthly temperature record.

But you can still hear people repeating the old claim, first proposed by fossil fuel lobbyists,

that global warming stopped in 1998.



The history of Air Pollution

Air pollution contributed to 6.5 million premature deaths worldwide in 2015 – similar to deaths from smoking.


Burning of carbon based fuels is one of the main sources of air pollution, especially when the fuels are impure and/or are burnt in a poorly controlled manner. So for example, smoke from domestic fires kills nearly two million people each year and sickens millions more, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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The BEE Cause

Bees and other pollinating insects are vital to:

·         our food supply – they pollinate most of our fruit and vegetables

·         our economy - without bees, the costs for farmers would rise, leading to higher food prices

·         our quality of life – our gardens, parks and countryside


And bees need us. British bee numbers have fallen dramatically in recent years, and the way we farm our food and plan our towns and cities is making the problem worse.



Back in 2001 we were protesting about Climate Change

 Bike Hire - Creative Concern

  'Creative Concern' are working on behalf of Brompton Dock in Ealing to promote a cycle hire scheme. 

They say it's really affordable, easy and fun to use.

They can offer EFoE members a special promotional code

You can  find out more at:


Urban Gardens - RHS


The Royal Horticultural Society has a campaign on the importance of urban gardens based on quite extensive research .The key findings were: urban garden plants and trees help to cool the air in towns and cities, helping to combat dangerous temperatures caused by heat waves; trees and hedges can bring energy costs down in winter by providing insulation; garden plants and trees intercept intense rain and slow runoff, while garden soil absorbs rainwater, reducing the risk of flooding; urban gardens support a range of wildlife and help to maintain biodiversity; gardening has a beneficial effect on mental and physical health. There are some potentially negative aspects of urban gardening, in particular the need for water, and the indirect contribution to carbon emissions through the consumption of manufactured and transported horticultural goods and the use of power tools.


The RHS has produced a useful 4 page leaflet which can be downloaded here:

and you can find much other valuable information on sustainable gardening on their website, including a number of leaflets on conservation and environmental issues.

Another interesting publication is London : Garden City? a research project carried out for the London Wildlife Trust, Greenspace Information for Greater London and the Greater London Authority.


Gardens cover nearly a quarter of Greater London, and as already outlined, they are valuable in many ways. But they are under threat. This project establishes the current garden resource in London , quantifies recent land cover changes in London ’s gardens, and provides evidence for campaigns, policy and other action to promote and protect gardens as an important environmental asset.

It highlights the significant changes that have taken place in recent years: garden greenspace has been lost at the rate of two and a half Hyde Parks per year and hard surfacing increased by over 25% in the 100-month study period.

A summary of the report can be downloaded from the London Wildlife Trust’s website


       How you can take on the Climate Change Deniers

March 2010

Sceptic questions/claims:

1. Climate changed peaked in 1998 and the world has been cooling
since. Why is this happening when CO2 is still rising relentlessly.

2. Solar activity caused the warming.

3. The polar ice cap has recovered all its recently lost area.

4. Sea level is not rising.

5. The cold winter of 2009/10 in the UK and Europe disproves global warming.


1. 1998 was an exceptionally warm year (global average) but several years in the 2000s were very similar, within the accepted margin of error of the measurements (ie about 0.1 C). It is true that since the late 1990s, the warming curve has flattened out, but it is totally untrue that global average temperatures have fallen back. 

Overall the 2000s were warmer than the 1990s showing that the decadal mean is
still rising (UK Met Office). The sceptics do accept that CO2 levels are rising but try to de-link this with global warming. They fail to understand that the temperature curve will not exactly match the CO2 curve year to year (see response 2). 

(Temperature data source NASA GISS).


For further claims & responses see