What are Climate Action groups?
Climate Action groups are the local solution to a global crisis. They are made up of people like you, working together to make our communities more climate friendly.
Whether its lobbying MPs or planting trees, local communities are taking the urgent action we need to tackle the climate crisis.
By creating local solutions to climate breakdown and demanding systemic change from decision-makers, you can make a real difference in your community and at national level. Press play and find out how.
How do I find a group in my area?
Joining a Climate Action group is easy. Just type in your postcode on our interactive map, click on the group nearest you and follow the instructions.
If there isn't a group in your area, why not start one yourself? We'll help you set up your new group and run a kick-off event, be it online or in a safe local space.
And if you live in Scotland, you have your very own Friends of the Earth network. Head over and see what they’re up to.
What do groups do?
To deliver meaningful change, we need people of all backgrounds and ages to come together to take action in their communities.
And there are so many ways you can make a difference. In Newcastle, they've petitioned the government for safe cycling. In Newbury, they're pushing for paper bags in their local Tesco. And in Ilkley, they're campaigning for local people to switch to banks that don’t invest in fossil fuels.
Find out how your area can become more climate friendly. After all, big change starts small.
Why do we need community groups?
We can only achieve long-term, systemic change if we use the power of our own communities to put pressure on the UK government.
Climate Action groups run their own local campaigns to convince their councils to turn political promises into concrete action by adopting Climate Action Plans.
And, as more and more communities and councils take climate action across the UK, pressure will mount on the national government to do the same.
“Everything that we do impacts the equilibrium of the eco-system.”
Martha Villegas-Montes, Co-ordinator of Merton Friends of the Earth Climate Action group
“Strategically look at how you can make the greatest impact by working together.”
Gerard Rosenberg – Chairman of the Shoreham society, a Climate Action group based in West Sussex
“If there are enough people then the people have the power.”
Rhiannon Wood, member of a Southampton-based Climate action group
“Don’t think you haven’t got something to give. If we all start saying something, maybe we can change things."
Joanna Judges, healthcare assistant and climate activist
“What is done is done, we can’t bring it back, but we can work towards stopping further damage.”
Annie Ahmed, new member of Footstep, a multi-faith climate action group based in Birmingham
“This is our opportunity: we are not going to get it again.”
Jo Hindley, new member of Footstep, a multi-faith climate action group based in Birmingham