Bristol Friends of the Earth is an active local group of the international environmental organisation Friends of the Earth. We are currently involved in campaigns on:

We also organise public meetings on important issues, election hustings, and responses to various local proposals (planning and development, air quality, pesticides, etc). We hold a monthly open group meeting (see right) plus separate campaign meetings.

If you would like to know more about us, help us with campaigning time or resources, or want to come to a meeting to see what we do then please get in touch. Also see our facebook group. Look further down this page for news events and actions you can take.

Celebrate Bristol Beans in UN Year of Pulses 2016

March 10th, 2016

The United Nations has declared 2016 ‘International Year of Pulses‘ – so we’ll be celebrating all varieties of Bristol beans and peas and other protein-rich leguminous vegetables from further afield (lentils, chickpeas, etc). They are fundamental to food sustainability (having much lower eco footprints than other protein sources, using less land and producing less greenhouse gasses) and they are a really healthy source of clean protein too. See more at


EU Referendum

March 10th, 2016

On 23 June 2016, UK voters will decide whether we remain a part of the European Union. Friends of the Earth strongly believes we should, see .
Jonathan Porritt, previous director of Friends of the Earth, gave an interesting talk at UWE on this subject – watch at
In Bristol we will be campaigning at our stalls and promoting debates to highlight the benefits, and joining the Bristol Stronger in Europe campaign to raise the profile and talk to people about the benefits. Please join us if you can, email or look out for opportunities on our facebook group


Mayoral Hustings

April 21st, 2016

Yesterday’s Environmental Mayoral Hustings with Bristol Green Capital partners clarified the leading mayoral candidates views on themes of Transport, Energy, Economy and Future City.
Listen to recording by Ujima Radio 98fm:
Candidates participating:
Kay Barnard for Bristol Mayor, Liberal Democrat
Tony Dyer, Green
George Ferguson, Independent
Marvin Rees for Mayor of Bristol, Labour
Chaired by Laura Rawlings of BBC Radio Bristol
Twitter questions / feedback on #BrisFuturesMayor
more details:
Information on wikipedia including full list of candidates:
(Invitations to candidates to take part in this hustings were issued based on parties receiving the highest five positions in the vote share of the 2012 Bristol Mayor election. This was to allow more in depth answers from candidates with a higher probability of winning and therefore aid a more meaningful democratic process. Other hustings have given all the other candidates a platform. This is in accordance with Electoral Commission guidelines.)


New Website

September 5th, 2014

Welcome to our new website! It’s still a work in progress, but hopefully you can find information on our latest campaigns – if there’s something you think we should add or you find problems please email with as much detail as possible and include ‘website’ in the subject.


Get Your Pulses Racing

Sunday 1st May 2016 at 16:30


Ready, Steady…Get Your Pulses Racing!
We have teamed up with Jenny Chandler – cooking teacher, food blogger and author of cookbooks including “Pulse” – and No.1 Harbourside for Get Your Pulses Racing on Sunday 1st May. 

The event will be a Ready, Steady, Cook-style competition with 6 local chefs competing to cook the most delicious pulse-based meal for 6 local people. It is part of the annual Bristol Food Connections festival.

We are celebrating the UN International Year of Pulses 2016 and hope to demonstrate that cooking with beans, lentils and chickpeas can be easy, affordable and delicious, and that anyone can enjoy pulses at home!

Entry is FREE – please register at:

Facebook event:



If you are interested in TAKING PART in this event, either as a talented local chef, or as someone wanting to learn to cook with pulses, please send us an email to


The Chefs taking part in this event are:
Jenny Chandler

Click the picture to hear why Jenny Chandler loves pulses!
Louise Marchionne of foodfitforyou.

Jonny Byles, Head Chef at No.1 Harbourside facebook:
The Holistic Chef, Jamie Raftery



Sharing Cities – a Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities

Tuesday 10th May 2016 at 19:30

Friends of the Earth is very excited to be hosting a visit from Julian Agyeman, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University in Massachusetts. He is the originator of the concept of just sustainabilities, the full integration of social justice and sustainability. He is also co-author of “Sharing Cities: A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities”.
The book explores how the concept of sharing offers cities the opportunity to connect smart technology to justice, solidarity and sustainability.
Julian will be joining us in Bristol to discuss the ideas in his book and we will be exploring how we can build on these ideas to deliver a better quality of life and healthier environment in Bristol.
Information and free tickets:
Facebook event to share: