Monday, 21 April 2003

April 2003 - Campaign News

Sheffield FoE joined other environmental and anti-war groups on Saturday 14th December to protest outside the Esso Petrol station on Penistone Road, Hillsborough. The campaign to boycott Esso is due to their reluctance to reduce greenhouse gasses and their desire to obtain Iraq’s oil supplies. 

Sheffield Friends of the Earth activists have been taking to the small screen to promote our cause (and our ego’s, of course). Liddy Goyder starred on Look North last September, cycling from Crookesmoor to the City Hall as part of the Pedal Pushers Commuter challenge. She helped to prove that two wheels beat four (almost) every time and that cycling is for civilised women, not just men in lycra.

On Sunday 15th December, Maureen from the local group appeared on the ITV1 national political program, Jonathan Dimbleby to debate why the government's decision to widen the M1 motorway near Chesterfield was a waste of money and why it would create more congestion.

On Tuesday 17th December several very dedicated local and national FoE campaigners protested outside Sheffield’s Train Station from 7.30 am until 9.30 am to raise awareness of the regional rail franchise issues and  to campaign for a better rail system. See the main article on page 2 for more details.

Just before Christmas, four local group members organised a FoE stall at the Sheffield Peace Fair to raise awareness of the group and our campaigns and to raise some money.

Members of Sheffield FoE have taken action to help get the Doorstep Recycling Bill into parliament. Read more about this on page 2.

Greenpeace activists were cleared of damaging the Sheffield Incinerator.

On Thursday 28 November, around 30 members of Sheffield FoE, Greenpeace, Sheffield Green Party and RABID protested outside the Business Awards as Onyx were presenting an award for the environment.

Local Group members have replied to the City Centre and M1 Air quality questionnaires.

More information and campaign details have been included on our web site.