Bristol Air Quality

July 13th, 2017

Some areas of Bristol, notably Rupert Street and Parson Street, have levels of NO2 emissions from vehicles that regularly exceed EU limits. Wider areas around the Centre and M32 also have high pollution levels which cause health issues and statistically significant reduction in life expectancy. These typically most affect those less well off who live next to busy traffic. Diesel vehicles are the worst for polluting emissions but petrol vehicles produce them too.

 

Bristol FoE is working with other organisations to raise awareness of the issues and get action on several fronts, such as:

  •  – Discouraging the most polluting vehicles from the Centre
  •  – Encouraging Walking and Cycling as an alternative to car use
  •  – Reducing emissions from busses
  •  – Reducing emissions from taxis
  •  – Encouraging electric vehicles and car clubs

Please contact us for more information or if you would like to get involved.

 

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:
http://listen-again.ujimaradio.com/index.php?cat=Election+Special

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:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mayoral-hustings-delivering-change-for-a-sustainable-future-city-tickets-23794895172

Information on wikipedia including full list of candidates:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayor_of_Bristol

(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.)

EU Referendum

March 10th, 2016

On 23 June 2016, UK voters expressed a preference to leave the European Union by a narrow margin. Friends of the Earth now needs to campaign hard to maintain environmental protections, see https://www.foe.co.uk/page/eu-referendum . This month’s meeting will start to consider the topic, see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-environmental-implications-of-brexit-tickets-26410249768

Jonathan Porritt, previous director of Friends of the Earth, gave an interesting talk at UWE on EU and environment – watch at http://bristolgreencapital.org/listen-again-jonathon-porritt-speaks-about-sustainability-the-role-of-the-eu/

BFoE and Bristol Green Capital

February 3rd, 2015

For 2015, Bristol holds the title of European Green Capital: a great honour in recognition of its aspirations to be more sustainable, and a great responsibility to showcase best practice and help others to follow.

Bristol Friends of the Earth members are involved in various projects, and the organisation is hosting a collaborative project on sustainable food called Bristol Good Food Tour – Let’s All Cook and Eat.

We also plan to contribute to the CSE-hosted Energy Champions project, engaging schools with national FoE’s ‘Schools Run on Sun’ materials.

Then there’s an exciting project called CHEESE (Cold Homes Energy Efficiency Survey Experts) hosted by Easton Energy Group using inexpensive thermal imaging to help raise awareness of energy efficiency and the simple measures that can be taken to reduce energy consumption and bills.

And a project called Get Bristol Buzzing to make Bristol more bee-friendly and raise awareness of the need to look after polinators more widely – with wild flowers that provide food and shelter and avoiding pesticides.

Do come to our open meetings or contact us if you can get involved. More detail will appear here as plans develop.

Julian (julian@bristolfoe.org.uk , 07809 122474) / Tim (tim@bristolfoe.org.uk , 07894 125427)

TTIP and Financial Reform panel

November 10th, 2014

TTIP: Road to Riches or Threat to Democracy?

Saturday, 8th November at Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building, Bristol

500 people came to hear the panel and ask questions.

Video of the event on Youtube

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a bilateral trade agreement currently being negotiated between the EU and the USA. Advocates state that it will be of great benefit to consumers and will benefit the UK economy to the tune of £10bn p/a from 2027 onwards. Critics claim that not only have the economic benefits of TTIP have been overstated, it will additionally put downward pressure on regulation in sectors such as health and the environment and poses a significant threat to national democratic decision making.

Financial Reform here means simple changes to our monetary system to realign it with democratically set positive policy goals for a fair sustainable future. Bank regulations have been considered for inclusion in TTIP which could preclude financial reform.

The panel:
Stephen Williams MP (Lib Dem Junior Minister)
Molly Scott Cato MEP (Green)
Charlotte Leslie MP (Conservative)
Kerry McCarthy MP (Labour)
Fran Boait (Executive Director Positive Money)
Nigel Costley (TUC South-West)

Chair: David Powell (Friends of the Earth Economics Team)
Researcher: Sam Lowe (Friends of the Earth TTIP specialist)

Twitter #BrisTTIP

Facebook page

Sam Lowe has a blog for further reading.

This video from Raising Awareness World Wide (50 mins but you can skip) gives some background to the debates over TTIP, including clips of David Cameron and other politicians.

This article gives some insight on TTIP vs Financial Reform.

Enquiries: Tim, tim@bristolfoe.org.uk 07894 125427 or Julian, julian.p.jones@gmail.com 07809 122474

The event is kindly sponsored by Ecotricity and 38 Degrees with materials from World Development Movement

Grants for community buildings!

September 11th, 2014

Grants available to improve the energy efficiency of community buildings – don’t delay, get them ready for the winter! For more information click here.

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 info@bristolfoe.org.uk with as much detail as possible and include ‘website’ in the subject.

George Ferguson now Mayor of Bristol

October 2nd, 2012

Congratulations to George Ferguson, new mayor of Bristol, who said on his election he wanted Bristol to be a “healthy happy and environmentally friendly city”. We look forward to helping his team make it so.

Acceptance speach and other news here

Watch the recording of our hustings – more detail here .

Read our press release on all participants supporting green industry in Bristol, plus The Post coverage, Bristol 24/7 coverage (and also here and here) and the Good Energy blog.

Public Transport in Bristol

August 10th, 2012

Bristol FoE wants better public transport in Bristol, and is part of Transport for Greater Bristol Alliance campaigning for bus improvements, trams and more local rail. However the current scheme proposed by Bristol City Council, dubbed ‘BRT2’, would use a lot of the available transport money and cause many problems with negligible benefits. More details here:http://stopbrt2.org.uk/news

Palm Oil Power Station Threat Update

May 13th, 2012

DECC have recommended, in a consultation document, that the ROC subsidies be reduced from 2 to 1.5. This is still worth £10s of millions a year to operators of a potential bioliquid power station in Avonmouth.

A meeting with Bristol MPs was held in May, where they were quite supportive and planned to meet new Energy minister Charles Hendry to take it forward. Letters of support to your MP are important to help give them the necessary mandate to act. Read more…



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