Groundswell climate action events - find out more

Find out more about Friends of the Earth's Groundswell events.
  Published:  18 Feb 2019    |      3 minute read


This page answers some questions you might have about attending Groundswell. When you're ready to book your tickets, click the link below.


Who should attend?

I'm concerned about climate change, but haven't been involved in campaigning. Is this event for me?

Groundswell is for anyone who wants to do something about climate change. You'll be very welcome whether this is the first time you've considered getting active on climate change, or you're an experienced campaigner. There will be sessions designed for varying levels of knowledge.

Are children welcome?

Children aged 15 and under are welcome to attend, provided they are accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. If you intend to bring children, please do let us know in the booking form. 

Unfortunately, we cannot offer childcare, but there will be space with a few craft materials which parents/guardians are welcome to use with children. You are welcome to bring a packed lunch for accompanying children.

Young people aged 16 and over must attend as participants and book a ticket. 

Is there a minimum age requirement to participate in the event?

Yes, you must be 16 or older to attend as a participant. 16-17 year olds must have permission from a parent or guardian to attend.  

A woman visiting one of our local group stalls during the Big Ask campaign calling for a UK climate change law

What can I expect?

Will it be empowering?


We're confident that the solutions to stopping climate change exist. We're optimistic that we can turn things around. We hope Groundswell will inspire you to join us in working for a cleaner, safer and fairer climate. 

Groundswell will celebrate the achievements of individuals and groups within the environmental movement, and we hope you'll leave feeling energised.

Depending on your personal interests and experience, we'll help you develop clear ideas about what you can do to stop climate change. 

Is Groundswell just about climate change?

Groundswell aims to bring people together to act urgently to stop climate chaos.

You might also want to learn how other campaigns can help make a difference too, such as protecting nature and getting tough on plastic pollution.

A woman shows other people how to prepare planter boxes
Gardeners can give expertise that help you to green your streets and gardens
Credit: Friends of the Earth

What's happening on the day?

There will be regular refreshment breaks through the day.

Keynote speaker

Interesting speakers (soon to be announced) bringing together the local to global challenges of climate change to set us of on our path into action.

News and info on key climate issues

Get informed on issues from food to forests, and get ready to take action.

Climate change action sessions  

Discover what you can do, whether you are taking your first steps into campaigning or you want something more in-depth -  turn your ideas into action.


Meet other like minded people taking action in your area. Time to browse campaign stalls, meet the experts and pick up handy resources (don’t forget to eat!)

Panel debate

Climate change connects many struggles, hear diverse influencers & activists about innovative local solutions and ways to take action, followed by Q&A.

International showcase

Friends of the Earth is part of a network of activists in over 90 different countries, as we sit here, millions of people also take action in their communities globally, hear news on campaigns and actions and discover how you can build connections with Friends of the Earth's international network.

Celebrating local change-makers

Hear about the ideas, successes and stories straight from people on the front-line. Get ready to be wowed by the changes going on already in your area and fill yourself with energy and connections for your next steps.


Join us for an optional social activity at a nearby venue, to carry on conversations in a relaxed setting. 


Can I bring my pet?

We wish you could but unfortunately not unless it's a service animal.

Is it wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the venue is wheelchair accessible.  



Is food provided?

Yes. A vegetarian lunch will be provided for all ticket holders. Refreshments during coffee breaks will also be available. 

What dietary requirements are you catering for?

Refreshments and food will all be vegetarian, with vegan options also available. 

Please let us know if you have other specific requirements when booking your ticket.

What about hot drinks?

We'll provide tea and coffee for breaks. Feel free to bring your reuseable coffee cup if you have one!



Do you have any free or reduced tickets?

Yes, we have a limited number of reduced price and free tickets available. You may request a free ticket if you are unwaged and a 50% discount if you are on low income. Please send us an email to [email protected] to get your unique code. 


Further information

Where can I find out more about climate change?

Read more about Friends of the Earth climate change campaign.

Where can I find out more about your Local Groups?

Read more about Friends of the Earth local groups.

Contact us

Please get in touch if you have any other queries.