Here's some information about St Albans Friends of the Earth recent activities

What we've been up to... 


Fantastic Turn out for African Climate Connection

Organised by FoE, WDM and the local Oxfam Campaign Group, the African Climate Connection was held to mark the start of the Durban COP17 climate change talks. We watched the tremendously motivating film Wake Up, Freak Out, which you can watch here and heard how African people are already suffering extreme hardship due to climate change. Tasty and unusual African food was enjoyed and we signed a petition to Anne Main.
 



Telling David Cameron to talk half as much rubbish...


Here we are posing for our "Half as Much Rubbish" photo stunt in St.Albans. We also carried out a survey of members of the public in which we found that 98% of people we surveyed were happy to recycle more and 80% wanted to recycle more instead of burning rubbish in the planned local incinerators. A third of people wanted to be able to recycle all plastics and a fifth each wanted doorstep Tetrapak recycling and products with less packaging.

Green Hustings Helps Voters Decide - 13th April

St.Albans Friends of the Earth joined with other local environmental groups to bring together all the prospective parliamentary candidates for St.Albans and give the public the opportunity to ask them about issues relating to sustainability and the environment. Unlike current political debate at a national level, debate was very civilised and there was a degree of consensus on many issues such as the urgent need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, waste less food and reduce the speed of cars to encourage cycling. John Stocker for UKIP was a noteable dissenter on these matters. However, there were differences of opinion between the candidates on building on Green Belt and nuclear power.

The pre- and post- hustings ballot showed some changes in voters positions, with a significant reduction in those who were undecided. Although Anne Main for Conservative was well behind Sandy Walkington for Lib Dems and Roma Mills for Labour, she added most to her vote during the course of the evening.

Friends of the Earth is a non-political organisation and the audience at the Green Hustings was unlikely to be a representative cross section of the St.Albans constituency. However, we hope that the candidates saw that matters of sustainability and the environment are important to the electorate and Anne Main remembers the promises she made at the hustings now that she has been re-elected.

St.Albans Wave: Saturday 7th November: Members of Friends of the Earth, WDM, Oxfam, St.Albans Green Party, Greenpeace and local church groups gathered to ask members of the public support them in asking for a fair and effective outcome at the Copenhagen Climate Change talks. The press attended, we performed a Mexican Wave to down load onto the Wave website and we handed out leaflets promoting our cause.


 

Harpenden Common Discovery Day: Saturday13th June: Our stall promoting FoE's Food Chain campaign proved very popular with 50 people signing postcards to their MP requesting promotion of sustainable farming. Our colouring competition attracted lots of enthusiastic entries and demonstrated to children the link between rainforest destruction in South America and livestock in this country.

Finding out about Energy Course: 15 delegates from local schools and churches attended our "Finding out about Energy" course which we held in conjunction with Community Action For

Energy (CAFE). Delegates learned about energy efficiency, renewable energy projects and sources of funding. A delegate said 'It was a fantastic one day course which was extremely practical ideas on where to get help and funding on saving energy in community buildings.'


 

Renewables Day of Action: in St Albans town centre on 18th October - Press coverage in the St Albans Review. 40 postcards signed there and many more taken for sending later.

Climate Change March: Friends of the Earth linked up with local World Development Movement and Oxfam groups to march through St.Albans asking that aviation be included in the Climate Change Bill. Our 40+ strong march received wide publicity. 


Marlborough School Ecological Fair: We attended this fun packed event at a local school, presenting ideas and information about climate change in the form of a Climate Change Quiz. We also asked pupils, teachers and their families to pledge to take an energy saving action in the coming school year.