Friends of the Earth (FoE) is targeting local councils across the United Kingdom – including Greater Manchester – to show them the benefits of getting serious about climate change (www.getseriousabout CO2.com). FoE reckons it will “create jobs, save cash, and cut carbon”, boosting the local economy, slashing fuel bills, raise people out of fuel poverty, reduce health problems and improving public transport.
They want councils to do three things:
commit to cutting carbon emissions by at least 40% by 2020 (Manchester’s goal currently is 30%);
get cracking on making homes more energy-efficient,creating local energy supplies and upping green transport;
support FoE’s campaign to give local councils more powers.
Manchester FoE members are taking stalls and information to dozens of festivals and community events over the coming months, asking people to write postcards to their councillors and MPs. If you want to get involved, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or go to a FoE meeting