climate change

Organic and Local food

Riverside market and the River Taff

Riverside Community Market, Cardiff. Photo: Lindsay Maiden, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

The way we produce and transport our food has a huge impact on our towns and our planet. Our desire to have huge quantities of cheap food including asparagus and tomatoes out of season means that:

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.

Cut Europe's land footprint

Mechanical digger loading soil onto a lorry

Photo: Friends of the Earth Europe

Europe has one of the largest land footprints in the world because it imports massive amounts of food and other goods from the rest of the world every year. These goods, such as meat, dairy and forestry products, need large areas of land.

Europe's high levels of land consumption:

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:

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.

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:

Appeal against air pollution ruling

Houses with smoke rising from Tremorfa Steelworks behind them

Tremofa Steelworks. Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Facebook 'friends' renewable energy

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Facebook has pledged to work with Greenpeace to source more renewable energy to power its giant data centres.

The social networking company announced yesterday that it will work with Greenpeace to increase the energy efficiency of its IT infrastructure, switch from coal to renewable energy where possible, and promote clean energy to its millions of users.

Biggest polluter at climate talks

Cyswllt Hinsawdd Affrica - The African Climate Connection

South African energy company Sasol is the world’s leader in coal-to-liquid (CTL) technology. This is the most carbon-intensive way of making petrol and diesel. Sasol’s Secunda plant produces more carbon dioxide emissions than any other single source in the world.

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