Friends of the Earth Scotland is campaigning for a world where everyone can enjoy a healthy environment and a fair share of the earth's resources. The charity is part of the largest grassroots environmental network in the world. Operating in 75 countries, Friends of the Earth International unites over two million supporters and some 5,000 local groups.
Friends of the Earth has worked in Scotland for almost 40 years on socially-just solutions to environmental problems. It campaigns to end environmental degradation, and to create a green economy and a society which cherishes and protects the natural world. Thinking globally and acting locally, the charity enables people to take individual and collective action.
Thanks to the support of players of People's Postcode Lottery, Friends of the Earth Scotland has had a busy and successful year. Some of the charity's accomplishments include:
- Winning a ban on fracking in October after six years of campaigning alongside community groups from across Scotland,
- Winning a major step in the fight for clean air with the Scottish Government's announcement committing to low-emission zones in cities across Scotland,
- Bringing together over 100 environmental activists for an inspiring Summer Weekender event,
- Significant wins on divestment, with dozens of organisations moving their funds out of fossil fuels,
- Almost 20,000 people taking action online to protect their environment, and
- Launching a brand new website at www.foe.scot
Players of People's Postcode Lottery have supported Friends of the Earth Scotland since 2013, with a fantastic £550,000 raised to date.
Support from players means that Friends of the Earth Scotland can continue to inspire and mobilise thousands of people to take positive action on climate change and other environmental issues.
In 2018, the organisation will be empowering community groups and activists to demand ambitious action on climate change in Scotland. They will also be stepping up the fight for clean air and ensuring that cities take action to tackle this public health crisis.