Friends of the Earth is turning 40
In the past four decades Friends of the Earth has taken on some of the planet’s biggest corporations, organized the first large UK campaign against climate change, and more recently spearheaded the action that led to the world’s first climate change bill. Rather fittingly there are just under 40 years remaining until 2050 by which time the government has pledged to have cut CO2 emissions by 80 per cent.
It is in such a context that activists will meet in Nottingham from 9-11 September, to celebrate what we’ve achieved together and to do some serious route planning for where the movement goes next. They will be joined by some of the country’s green experts, four former Friends of the Earth directors and international speakers from as far afield as Croatia and Nigeria as well as New Internationalist’s own Vanessa Baird. With cutting edge campaigns training and representation expected from Friends of the Earth’s 200 strong local groups network, the event has the makings of an activism powerhouse.
And it’s not all heavy stuff. The event will also feature its very own eco fair, a specially commissioned photo exhibition, bicycle-powered appliances, a competition for the weirdest home-grown vegetable and of course a 40th anniversary party.
This year Friends of the Earth has made a limited number of places available for people beyond the local groups network, including readers of New Internationalist. The NI blog will be reporting in the coming weeks on progress towards and reports from the conference.
Book your place online. Tickets for the three day event cost £30, with accommodation available for £63.60 for a two night B&B stay.