Current events


Rio+ 20: June 2012

The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) – also known as Rio+20 – took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 20-22 June 2012. The event marked the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, hence the shortened name Rio+20.


Motorway speed limits - No to 80

In 2011, the Department for Transport announced that it is to launch a consultation on increasing the speed limit on England and Wales' motorways from 70mph to 80mph.


Feed-in tariffs

Feed-in tariffs are a mechanism that provides incentives for householders and others to invest in solar power. In autumn 2011, the government announced changes to the feed-in tariff for solar electricity. Friends of the Earth has taken the government to court over changes to feed-in tariffs, and won.


Current events

Many other organisations are also campaigning on climate change. In this part of the website we highlight some campaigns that you may wish to support.


The climate threat from tar sands

August 2011

A huge protest is currently taking place in the US and globally against the Keystone pipeline from the Alberta tar sands, described by activist Bill McKibben as "the largest civil disobedience movement in the history of the climate movement."


Keep climate change in school curriculum

Operation Noah and Christian Ecology Link are among the signatories to a letter published on 21st June 2011 in the Guardian about the proposal to drop climate change from the national curriculum.


The Red Tape Challenge and the Climate Change Act

The Coalition government is proposing scrapping 278 environmental laws (among thousands of laws and regulations) as part of its ‘Red Tape Challenge’, launched on 7th April.


Petition for a Million Climate Jobs

The People's Petition for a Million Climate Jobs was launched on 26 March 2011, the day of the huge TUC march for the alternative to cuts and redundancies.


Climate Emergency EDM

The Campaign against Climate Change is calling on its supporters to support the Climate Emergency EDM. This EDM is demanding a zero carbon Britain by 2030.


Hands Across the Sand

Join hands with us and draw a line in the sand against offshore oil drilling.