Five huge campaign wins that show people power works
There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing our campaigns succeed. And we’ve had some big wins recently, both at home and overseas.
No new oil or gas: there’s no future in fossil fuels
Our vision is simple: no more oil, gas or coal. It's clear that new fossil fuel developments, including extracting new oil, coal and gas that'll add more emissions to the atmosphere, aren't compatible with tackling climate change. It’s why we’re fighting new fossil fuel developments, alongside local communities and groups.
1. No more Ffos y Fran
Ffos y Fran, the UK's largest opencast coal mine, is to close after councillors unanimously decided to reject an application to continue mining until March 2024. This decision follows years of campaigning by Merthyr Tydfil Friends of the Earth and other local community groups.
For residents like Chris and Alyson from Merthyr Tydfil Friends of the Earth, who've been tirelessly campaigning against Ffos y Fran for 20 years, this is the news they've been waiting for. They'll no longer have a dirty, noisy coal mine on their doorstep.
2. Opencast coal mine Glan Lash rejected
Glan Lash, Wales’ last opencast coal mine proposal, has been turned down. Councillors at Carmarthenshire County Council received over 800 objections from people living in the area and voted against the proposal, prioritising climate and nature instead of destructive fossil fuels. If it’d been approved, up to 95,000 tonnes more coal could have been extracted from the mine.
The decision to stop further coal extraction at Glan Lash is another clear signal that the era of opencast mining in Wales is coming to an end.
3. Fighting fossil fuel funding projects abroad
We've helped secure a new UK policy to stop future investment in international fossil fuels using public funds. The change was catalysed by our legal challenge against the financing of a mega gas project in Mozambique, an investment of £900 million. While the Supreme Court disappointingly rejected our case in June 2023, thanks to your support and donations we can continue to back Friends of the Earth groups in Africa in their fight against future fossil fuel projects.
International solidarity campaign win
Across the sea, we’ve taken action to show international solidarity with Indigenous communities in Malaysian Borneo.
4. SLAPP lawsuit dropped
The legal uncertainty hanging over SAVE Rivers, an organisation fighting illegal deforestation alongside Indigenous communities in Malaysian Borneo, has ended in a win. Timber giant Samling tried to sue SAVE Rivers using a SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation), a tactic companies use to silence and bankrupt activists. We joined international organisations in a “Stop the SLAPP” campaign. Minutes before the legal case, Samling announced it was dropping the lawsuit. This is a huge victory, but there’s still much to do to ensure Indigenous communities’ rights are upheld and forests are protected.
Challenging the government in the highest courts
5. Net Zero Strategy back in court
Thanks to your support, Friends of the Earth, ClientEarth and Good Law Project are taking the government to court over its Net Zero Strategy for a second time. In July 2022, a landmark victory saw the High Court rule that the government’s plans to reduce UK climate emissions by 2050 didn’t meet its obligations under the Climate Change Act. The government was ordered to show exactly how its policies would meet climate targets. The revised strategy, called the Carbon Budget Delivery Plan, was published in March 2023. This new plan still isn’t good enough, and the High Court has granted us another hearing in February 2024.
Together, we’ve been creating change for over 50 years. From our campaigners and lawyers to local action groups and supporters across the country, we push for change for people and planet.
But we can only do it with the support of people just like you.