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At the end of last year Young Friends of the Earth reacted against Lord Browne’s controversial appointment as a Non-Executive Director in the Cabinet Office, following his appointment as Chairman of Cuadrilla and previous role as CEO of BP.

A protest was held and a petition was made calling him to resign from his position in cabinet:

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/we-call-on-lord-browne-to-resign-from-his-position-in-the-cabinet-office-due-to-his-vested-interests-in-profiting-from-fracking-and-the-conflict-of-interest-this-causes

Now we are calling on you and your friends to send Lord Browne a personal message to raise our voices and say no to dirty energy…through the power of selfies and social media!

Simply…

  1. Download and print the speech bubbles

  2. Cut them out (and give one to a friend too!)

  3. Write your message

  4. Take a selfie with your speech bubble (see below for example)

  5. Post it to Twitter and Facebook using #LordBrowneFrackOff
    (If you don’t have social media, email us your pic at info@youngfoe.org.uk)

  6. Help call an end to our toxic relationship with dirty energy!

Here’s one we made earlier…

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Young FoE will shortly be opening nominations for the 2014-2015 Steering Group. This is an exciting opportunity to get involved in shaping the future vision, structure & direction for Young FoE with positions ranging from Membership Secretary to Operations Officer.

To hear more about this, we will be holding our AGM on Thursday 7th August where you can find out about what we’ve achieved this year, the elections process, and an opportunity for you to tell us any issues that are important to you.

Our AGM will be via Skype, at 7pm - please add ‘YoungFoEEWNI’ to your contact list and we will call you.

To be able to vote for potential steering group members, you will need to be a member of Young FoE EWNI – this is free membership, so sign up here!

Nominations will open after our AGM on the 7th August for 1 month, closing on 7th September. If you’re a signed up member, you’ll then be able to vote. This process will last for 2 weeks, closing on the 21st September. And on the 22nd September, we’ll announce the brand new Young FoE Steering Group!

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Our campaign against dirty energy has enabled the youth voice to be heard on the fight against fracking. We’ve scouted the country, talking to young people who are doing just this, and we loved what we heard, so we’re going to share them with you.

This is Charlotte, from Misson, Nottinghamshire:

"I’m 19 years old, and have lived in Misson my whole life. I am involved in frack free campaigns because I will not allow my own and future generations to be locked into dependence on exhaustible and damaging energy sources. The financial greed that is blinding corporations and politicians doesn’t fool me. Our environment, public health and quality of life are of utmost importance. The evidence proving that fracking is an unsafe process, whether “regulated” or not, is overwhelming. I refuse for my great-great grandchildren to look back and wonder why we stood by and did nothing when faced with such a clear threat. The thought of seeing the farmland and countryside surrounding my childhood home replaced by an industrial gasfield is truly horrifying, and I will not stand for it."

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For the love of the food on our plates. For the love of our global neighbours. For the Love of Somerset, the Arctic and the Great Barrier Reef. For the love of country walks and Britain’s beautiful seasons.

For the love of all the things we care about, we’re taking climate change seriously. And we’re not alone.

We’re part of The Climate Coalition, over 100 organisations with millions of supporters, working together for climate action. We may all be passionate about different things, but we’re united in our determination to tackle climate change.

Join the movement and share what you love

In July, we will present your stories and images to politicians so they’ll see all the reasons why you want them to take climate change more seriously than ever before. To remind them that, no matter what gets us up in the morning, we all care about something that’s affected by climate change. We’ve been waiting too long for the decisions that the world needs.

What do you love?

Together we can make sure we’re heard in the name of the things that matter most.

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The youth arm of Britain’s most influential environmental NGO, Young Friends of the Earth, have today put Lord John Browne of Madingley’s integrity up for auction on eBay. [1]

This comes on the day that officials from the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Environment Agency speak at the UK Shale Gas Forum [2] alongside the chief executives of Cuadrilla and iGas – two companies whose drilling sites have been the focus of protest camps in Balcombe and Salford.

John Wilson, lead campaigner of Young Friends of the Earth’s Dirty Energy Group said:

'We have targeted Lord Browne as he was appointed Non-Executive Director of the Cabinet Office, a mere four months after joining Cuadrilla as Chairman. We believe Lord Browne should resign as he is looking to benefit financially from fracking and this coupled with his influence within the government amounts to a massive conflict of interest.’

Greg Hewitt, campaign member of the Dirty Energy Group said:

‘Fracking keeps us hooked on dangerous fossil fuels which reduce our ability to meet our legally binding obligations to reduce our CO2 emissions. Stories of fracking from the US already provide evidence of the negative environmental and human impacts of fracking. [3] Even on our own doorstep, fracking has caused havoc – test drilling in Lancashire caused two earthquakes back in 2011.’ [4]

Young Friends of the Earth demonstrated outside Riverstone Holdings at last October’s Global Frackdown event, and have now gained over 2,000 signatures on their change.org petition. [5]

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Notes for Editors:

[1]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=171272165961

[2] http://marketforce.eu.com/events/utilities-energy/the-shale-gas-forum

[3]  http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/01/05/some-states-confirm-water-pollution-from-drilling/4328859/

[4] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-15550458

[5] https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/we-call-on-lord-browne-to-resign-from-his-position-in-the-cabinet-office-due-to-his-vested-interests-in-profiting-from-fracking-and-the-conflict-of-interest-this-causes

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Meat production and overfishing is damaging our natural environments. Livestock production is responsible for 14.5% of greenhouse gases emitted each year and destructive fishing methods are damaging our marine ecosystems.

We need to start thinking more about the impact of our dietary choices. 

We believe that eating less but better meat and fish is the way forward and to show you that this is more than possible, we’re challenging you to give Meat Free May a go - a month of no meat or fish, whilst asking your friends and family to sponsor you.

We hope that once you see how easy it is to live without meat or fish you’ll look to eat better for yourself and the planet. Our Executive Director even gave it a go.

Join us to enjoy new food, have fun and help us fundraise! Sign-up to take part in Meat Free May today.

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The EU 2030 package is important. The targets it contains will set out how much Europe will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by and how we’ll generate and use electricity for the next 17 years.

The European Commission has proposed targets that risk putting the world on a pathway to blow the 2 degree limit. Now it’s down to national governments to decide what the final goals should be at their EU Council meeting on 20-21 March – so it’s time to make some noise!

First, find out why this is important and what’s going on with some hand puppets, courtesy of the fantastic UK Youth Climate Coalition

 

 

Next, take action!

1.  Sound the Alarm for Climate Action!

All across Europe, people, organisations and communities are gearing up to take action in a week of pressure aimed at their governments from 22 February to 1 March. By working together we can create a louder united voice that highlight the broad diversity of voices calling for more climate action.

Find out what’s happening near you – or add your own ideas! – here: http://caneurope.org/climateactionweek

2. Push the UK Government for European climate action 

The UK is enduring the worst floods for 200 years and leading scientists agree that they are climate-related. At the same time, Europe is setting climate targets for the next two decades. If thousands of us send David Cameron and Nick Clegg a message, they can push for the ambitious action that the world needs.

Sign the petition here: http://www.stopclimatechaos.org/campaigns/push-european-climate-action

3. Demand European Climate Action

Join European citizens who are deeply concerned about the causes and impacts of climate change to call on EU Heads of State to advocate for the European Council to support a plan that will truly protect us from dangerous climate change.

Email your government here: http://caneurope.org/act-now

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By Richard Sagar, Young FoE Steering Group

I have to be honest, waiting around in a car park on the outskirts of Manchester on a cold afternoon is not my idea of a perfect Sunday.

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But with Barton Moss in Manchester at the frontline in the current fight against unconventional gas extraction. I felt it necessary to join the solidarity demo with those camping at the fracking rig, preventing lorries transporting goods to the site.

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The demo itself had a better than expected turnout with upwards of 500 people, most of whom local, outraged at the Governments plans to leave the British countryside resembling a pin cushion. There were people from all walks of life and ages united in opposition to the Government’s proposed ‘dash for gas’.

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With such a large percentage of the UK population opposed to fracking, The government is on the back foot. David Cameron is urging councils to get on board and even offering bribes to councils that do

Barton Moss is just the beginning. Future site battles will be necessary. Young FoE will be there, we hope you can join us.

Sign our petition to David Cameron

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By Shaz, Young FoE Steering Group

This January I am going vegan for the month. I currently live a mostly vegetarian lifestyle. I only eat meat if it is about to be thrown away or I am abroad. I don’t have a problem with eating meat, as I believe animals are part of the human food chain. I do think that we eat too much meat as a society and the source of our animal products is highly questionable from both an environmental and ethical perspective.

I’ve often wondered what it would be like to be vegan. I’ve learnt from vegan friends that it takes a great deal of planning to live healthily as a vegan. I’ve been informed that eating out can be difficult as for many restaurants vegan dishes are unheard of. I am bad at planning my meals and often just buy items such as egg sandwiches without thinking about the source of the ingredients – whether the hens were treated cruelly or how much the farm contributed to environmental degradation.

Even as ‘mostly vegetarian’, I have become complacent, I know my actions may still contribute to harming animals, the environment and perpetuate damage to wider society. I’m hoping to change this and learn more as I go along. I love a challenge so this is perfect for me.

In May, Young Friends of the Earth will be launching a campaign which will challenge people to give up meat and fish for all of May. We’re hoping that once people see firsthand just how easy it is to live without meat or fish they will easily be able to reduce their consumption and make dietary choices that are both good for themselves and the planet. We hope you will join us – keep an eye out for Meat Free May!