Friends of the Earth (EWNI) (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) is one of 70 national groups around the world which make up the Friends of the Earth network of environmental organizations. It is usually referred to just as Friends of the Earth within its home countries.
In November 2006, The Big Ask campaign was widely credited with forcing the government to include the Climate Change Bill in their legislative programme, set out in "the Queen's Speech".
Friends of the Earth EWNI defines itself as a grassroots organisation, with over 200 local groups making it the largest environmental network in the UK. FoE local groups are largely autonomous, but most work on at least some national campaigns, especially Climate Change. FoE local groups have significant power in shaping the direction of the national organisation, for example by electing a majority of Board Members.
The major campaign issues of Friends of the Earth in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are:
- Corporate Accountability
- Real Food
- Climate change
- Global trade
- Safer Chemicals
High profile campaigns have included the return of 1500 non-returnable bottles to Schweppes in 1971, and the successful "Alice's Meadow" campaign of 1983 - which helped force the diversion of the proposed M40 motorway around Otmoor.
- Friends of the Earth's community website
- Official Website
- BBC News Article on The Big Ask
- A full list of FoE EWNI local groups
- Information on how FoE EWNI groups work
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