Take part in the Protect our Futures day of action on October 14

Day of action for the climate: 14 October 2017

19 Sep 2017
Protect Our Futures – the global day of action on climate change – is on 14 October 2017. Here's all you need to know to be part of it.

On 14 October people across the world will unite to protect people and the planet from dirty energy projects and climate change.

There are loads of ways you can take part in this global day of action, Protect Our Futures: from quick and easy but effective things you can do from your living room or on your phone, to organising an event in your town.

Whether you’re taking part on your own, with a couple of friends or part of a group, there’s an action for you. Here’s everything you need to know to make your day of action have as much impact as possible.

    Choose your action

    1. Take action from your living room

    The Secretary of State for Energy, Greg Clark, has the final say on whether fracking can go ahead. If enough of us write to him and ask him to reject fracking applications, we’ll put him under huge pressure to say no to fracking.

    Don't forget to spread the word by

    • sharing it on social media using the hashtag #ProtectOurFutures
    • emailing the link to your friends and family 
    • or simply talking about it to others.

    Ask the energy secretary to say no to fracking

    You can also share this video by Friends of the Earth International to get more people hyped up about the day of action:

    2. Get your friends and family involved

    What you need: a small action pack.

    With a small action pack, you have everything you need to get your friends and family to join in. Why not give a leaflet to your close neighbours, or ask them to sign an action card? You can even share our stickers with friends and children.

    3. Take a selfie with our ‘Don’t frack our futures’ prop

    What you need: a small action pack 

    Use the prop in your small action pack to take a selfie including the words ‘Don’t frack our futures’. Post it on social media using the hashtag #NotHereNotAnywhere.

    Encourage your friends to share your post and to write to Greg Clark asking him to reject fracking.

    4. Stand against fracking in the place you love

    People: You'll need at least 3 people for this one.

    Materials: A large or extra-large action pack with leaflets, action cards, stickers and props. Print off our fracking FAQ sheet to help you answer questions. And don’t forget to take pens for the action cards and a camera / video camera.

    Are you great at engaging with the public and getting media attention? Then it’s time to head to a special place in your community to stage an eye-catching stunt.

    On 14 October people across the world will be protecting the places they love from dirty energy projects. Show you’re with them and make a stand against fracking by making a splash at a place in your town that has special significance.

    It could be a wildlife site, a building or street with cultural or historical significance or anywhere special to you. You could make your own signs, posters and banners, and all dress in yellow (the colour adopted by the anti-fracking movement) to give it even more impact. The important thing is the message that you get across: no fracking here, no fracking anywhere.

    The ‘Don’t frack our futures’ props in the packs are designed to make great photographs — so you should be able to create something really powerful for local, regional and social media.

    Once you've settled on a place, promote it on social media or by putting up flyers.

    And crucially send a press release (see our media section for an example) to any local paper ahead of time.

    Run a stall. You could also run a stall at your special place to collect signatures on the action cards and hand out leaflets. Check out these top tips on running a great stall for more advice. A couple of things to bear in mind:

    • Stay in a public space – to engage the maximum number of people and to keep things on the right side of the law.
    • Check what permissions you might need – Different local authorities have different approaches to this. So check your council’s website about its policy or speak to a council staff member before you finalise your plans. Some councils will allow you to arrange permission for a stall in advance, occasionally for a small fee – however the location may be restricted. A common policy in town and city centres is not to allow flyering; so in most places you should be able to have a presence that involves guiding people towards a stall, and allowing them to pick up information if you’ve had a conversation with them. It’s important to check your council’s policy, as there can be fines for flyering other than from your stall. 

    5. Join an action near you

    There are events going on all over the country – and there may be one near you. In late September we’ll be publishing a calendar of events so you can see what’s happening and how you can get involved.

    6. Your own brilliant ideas for creative stunts

    Cycling action against fracking in Manchester
    Manchester Friends of the Earth taking action against fracking


    Your own stunt could be any way of showing you don’t want fracking here or anywhere.

    We’ve given you some ideas, but you’re bound to have loads of your own. If you've thought of a way to highlight fracking or taking action for a safe climate where you are, we'd love to hear them.

    It could be a public meeting, fracking-themed party, letter writing campaign or creative stunt. Whatever it is, please let us know what you're planning to do.

    There are more tips on putting on a creative stunt in this handy guide.

    We’re really keen to support you in putting on a brilliant creative stunt – so let us know if we can help with resources, guidance or coaching. Look out for our upcoming workshops on putting on a great stunt.

    Please contact [email protected] for more support.