Climate and Energy

Reclaim the UN from corporate capture

The earth surrounded by people 

The influence of big corporations and business lobby groups is growing within the UN. This is through government delegations, and in multilateral negotiations.

As governments gather at the UN Rio+20 Summit this week, we believe it is time to reclaim the UN from corporate capture, and restore it to it's rightful place as a peoples’ space.

We want:

Stop governments funding dirty energy

Nick Clegg Rio+20 summit

At the Rio Earth Summit 20 years ago world leaders agreed to tackle climate change. Since then they have failed to take the steps needed to cut emissions.

They will meet in again Rio on 20 June. This is their chance to make up for two decades of missed opportunities.

Choose clean British energy

Clean British Energy logo 

On 9 May Elizabeth Windsor will make her Queen's Speech. In it she will announce that the Government is introducing a new Bill to transform Britain's energy production. Many people want the Government to choose a clean energy future.

We are at a crossroads. Britain can either go down the route of yet more coal, gas and nuclear power. This would lead to:

Final Demand petition delivered

Four campaigners standing outside 10 Downing Street with the Final Demand petition

Photo: Friends of the Earth

Four members of Friends of the Earth went to 10 Downing Street on Monday to deliver our Final Demand petition. It had tens of thousands of names on it.

Tell Norway to ditch Shell

Two oil wells surounded by a lake of oil in grassland.

Leaking oil wells in the Niger Delta Photo: Friends of the Earth

Last month 28 Right Livelihood Award winners wrote to the Norway Government Pension Fund asking it to sell all its holdings in Shell because of the environmental harm caused by it in the Niger Delta, Nigeria.

EU politicians back energy-saving law

Workman installing cavity wall insulation

Photo: Friends of the Earth

Cardiff Friends of the Earth are pleased that MEPs yesterday backed a set of energy-saving proposals. This clears the way for a deal by the end of June on a law that could boost jobs, household incomes and cut fuel imports.

LEGO buys wind turbines

Lego model wind turbine

Cardiff Friends of the Earth welcome the decision by LEGO's parent company to buy almost a third of a German offshore wind power project. This will allow LEGO to add a label to its boxes saying that it uses wind energy.

Help protect us from pollution

chemicals pouring from a pipe into a stream

Photo: Robert Brook, Science Photo Library

The Cabinet Minister, Oliver Letwin, is considering scrapping all green safeguards and replacing them with a single 50-page document.

This would mean our protection from pollution could be dangerously simplified. He is consulting on scrapping Laws on:

Ask your MP to support solar

Workmen bin a solar panel outside the Royal Courts of Justice

Photo: © Friends of the Earth

Our supporters have done some sterling work on the Final Demand campaign and the feed-in tariff (FIT) issue in particular. You have helped keep the pressure up on MPs and the government.

Energy bill scandal

Final demand. Stop the big energy companies taking us for a ride.

The Big Six energy companies have got us hooked on dirty fossil fuels and make huge profits from a stitched-up system.

Friends of the Earth want the Government to launch a public inquiry into energy prices.

With the Big Six's soaring profits in the headlines we have a fantastic chance to fix our broken energy system.

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