About Swansea Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth is a leading environmental pressure groups both in the UK and internationally. Over 30 years of campaigning in the UK it has helped to raise awareness of the environmental problems we all face. The failure of the main political parties to seriously meet the environmental challenge shows that the need for individual action for greater now than ever. Friend of the Earth is unique among the major individual organisations for its commitment to helping individuals become actively involved through a network of local groups. Swansea Friends of the Earth is the group that covers Swansea and Neath- Port Talbot. We also give advice in some of the surrounding valleys where there is no FoE group especially regarding opencast mining.

Swansea FoE have been in existence since 1984 and a number of our activists have been involved over a number of years becoming specialist campaigners in a particular environmental area.

Swansea FoE have campaigned largely on local issues but have occasionally held days of action in Swansea City Centre on national campaigns. The local issues have covered Countryside and Biodiversity, Pollution issues including waste disposal and incineration., Transport, Energy, Climate Change, and Opencast Mining. We also often give advice to members of the public on issues that affect them, such as planning matters and preservation . Other activities include writing press releases and letters, lobbying politicians, TV and radio interviews, publishing leaflets and newsletters.

Friends of the Earth, prides itself on the accuracy of its information and goes to great lengths to validate it. We are strictly non-party political. We can therefore work with all political parties and other organisations.

We have a Partnership Agreement with Friends of the Earth ( England Wales and Northern Ireland) This enables us to have :

  • Use of the “Friends of the Earth” name..
  • Access to advice and information on organising and campaigning.
  • Public Liability insurance Cover.
  • Voting rights in Friends of the Earth LTD Board elections.
  • Right to send delegates to FoE Conferences and engage in the motions process.

    In return, the local group agrees to abide by a list of points in the Agreement. Swansea FOE is thus a legally independent entity from the national organisation, which allows us by agreement to use its name. We have a separate small membership fee, which covers administration costs, as the national body does not directly fund us.

    The Welsh arm of Friends of the Earth, known as FoE Cymru , has an Office in Cardiff and has organised training days for local groups throughout Wales several times a year.

    Swansea FoE normally holds Business Meetings on the third Monday of each month at the Environment Centre. These are open to members and potential members, who agree with the aims of the group and the national organisation.

     

     

     

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