Monday, 19 April 2004

Flexible Campaigning with Friends of the Earth

We don’t all want to dress up as a genetically modified tomato and wave a placard outside the Town Hall. In fact, I’m not sure that anyone wants to do that. But, as members of Friends of the Earth, we do want to do something to help the environment. It’s just that time is so short, there are so many other things to do, and meetings always seem to be at inconvenient times or in inconvenient places.

That’s why we want to develop new, flexible ways of campaigning to allow more people to get involved.

Do you have any special skills that Sheffield FoE could draw on occasionally? Experience of local government or planning? Legal expertise? Or knowledge of specific issues, such as renewable energy, transport policy, health, genetic modification, or waste management? If so, please let us know.

Would you be prepared to write letters as part of a campaign?

If you have email, are you interested joining the Sheffield FoE email list or taking part in email campaigns?

There are a couple of examples in this newsletter.

1) The Green Energy Challenge. Changing to a green energy supplier couldn’t be easier. By changing energy supplier as part of a campaign we can have a bigger impact. See the item on Climate Challenge 2004 for more details.

2) Way To Go. The Government is currently reviewing and extending its 10-year transport plan. You can use the enclosed leaflet to tell your MP what you would like to see in the revised plan.

Please let us know if you decide to undertake either of these actions – particularly if you get a response from your MP.