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40 years - our campaigns in pictures

2011 marks 40 years since Friends of the Earth was founded.

Check out our images of just some of the amazing campaigns that our supporters have helped win over the past four decades.

40th anniversary gallery

schweppes bottle dump

Friends of the Earth's first campaign action. Returning thousands of empties to the London HQ of Cadbury Schweppes in 1971, to promote re-use, set the tone for a peaceful, eye-catching and effective style of campaigning. Better use of the planet's resources has underpinned our work ever since.

Friends of the Earth offices 1971

Friends of the Earth's administrator Anfel Potter (centre) and colleagues display early Friends of Earth campaigning materials, 1971.

Nuclear waste demo, Lincolnshire, May 1987

Demonstrators blockade a drilling team that plans to investigate Fulbeck airfield in Lincolnshire for the shallow burial of nuclear waste, 1987. The plans were abandoned before the General Election in June that year.

Save the Whale demonstration, Brighton, 21 July 1990

Save the Whale demonstration, Brighton, 1990. Friends of the Earth has campaigned to protect whales in every decade since the 1970s.

Pollution test in the Mersey, 1991.

Members of Halton Friends of the Earth local group take samples of river water from the Mersey for pollution testing, 1991. Today there are more than 200 volunteer Friends of the Earth groups across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Mahogany is Murder demo outside Harrods, 1993

Demo outside Harrods department store, 1993. Friends of the Earth led an international campaign to expose the damage caused by extracting mahogany from rainforests. Brazil's exports of the hardwood to the UK fell by 40% in 1995.

Tony Juniper at Twyford Mass Trespass, 1 June 1993

Roadbuilding through Twyford Down sparked a struggle over the right to protest. Tony Juniper, here at the Twyford Mass Trespass in 1993, was Friends of the Earth's director from 2002-2008.

Acid rain litmus paper billboard campaign 1994

Friends of the Earth's litmus paper billboard changed colour to highlight the effects of acid rain. The poster won a BBC design award in 1994. Leading the UK's first campaign on acid rain, we persuaded the Government to accept the need to cut the emissions responsible.

The Grey Man of Ditchling, No more major roads, July 1994

The Grey Man of Ditchling, a 150-foot chalk figure of John Major, was possibly the largest political cartoon ever. Inspired by the Wilmington Long Man, and timed to coincide with the UK stage of the Tour de France in 1994, it was commissioned for the successful campaign against a south coast superhighway.

Mahogany is Murder billboard and comedian Alexei Sayle, 1995

Comedian Alexei Sayle puts some elbow behind our Mahogany is Murder campaign, 1995.

Newbury bypass rally, 12 February 1996

Animal Magic presenter Johnny Morris (in spectacles, centre) among locals opposing construction of the Newbury Bypass, 1996. The road cut through 5 nationally important wild habitats. The broad-based campaign against it helped force a major rethink of government roadbuilding plans.

Industrial pollution billboard, 1996

A collaboration between Friends of the Earth and advertising experts McCann-Erickson to raise awareness of the health risks of industrial pollution, 1996.

Ben Elton at Fuming Mad rally, Trafalgar Square, 27 September 1997

Comedian Ben Elton (centre) at Fuming Mad rally, Trafalgar Square, 1997 - in support of legal measures to tackle the impacts of burgeoning traffic. Drafted and promoted by Friends of the Earth, the Green Party and Plaid Cymru, the Road Traffic Reduction Act became law in 1997.

Stand up for the South Downs day, 1 June 1997

Stand Up For South Downs day, 1997. After nearly two decades the campaign to have the South Downs designated as a National Park succeeded in 2009.

Poet Lemn Sissay performing at Poetry on the Buses launch, 15 May 1998

Poet Lemn Sissay performs at the launch of Friends of the Earth's poetry on the buses scheme, 1998.

Genebeast on GM campaign outside Sainsburys, Nine Elms, London, 19 October 1998

Genebeast outside Sainsbury's, Nine Elms, London, 1998. A majority of customers wanted supermarkets to ban genetically modified ingredients from their products.

Warm Homes demo with Age Concern, July 2000

Friends of the Earth worked with, among others, Age Concern to press for an end to poorly insulated homes. The Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act was passed in 2000.

Lifeboat constructed from thousands of supporters messages at the International Climate Talks in Bonn, 21 July 2001

With planks bearing messages from thousands of supporters worldwide, activists build a lifeboat outside the international climate talks in Bonn, 2001.

Hear Our Voice art installation at the Earth Summit in Johannesburg, 24/8/2002

Friends of the Earth worked with community groups across South Africa to create a massive installation outside the venue of the Jo'burg Earth Summit in 2002. The mixed-media sculpture drew attention to the basic need for a healthy environment to come before business profit.

Protest on the A303 against the threat posed by new roads in the south west, 11/11/2002

Kate Parminter (foreground), chief executive of the CPRE, takes tea on the A303 in 2002. She represented one of seven of the UK's leading green groups, including Friends of the Earth, concerned at the threat to communities and the environment posed by new roads in the south west.

Joan Ruddock MP supporting the campaign to secure doorstep recycling, 22 January 2003

Joan Ruddock MP takes a photocall, as part of the campaign to bring doorstep recycling to every home. The House Waste and Recycling Bill, drafted by Friends of the Earth and introduced to Parliament by Joan Ruddock, became law in 2003.

Baku pipeline action in protest at plans to use UK taxpayers money to fund BPs proposed pipeline from the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean, 25/3/2003

Campaigners from Friends of the Earth and Kurdish human rights organisations carry a pipeline through the City of London, 2003. The protest was over plans to use UK taxpayers' money to fund a proposed pipeline from the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean.            

13/10/2003 GMfree tractor and trolley parade

Mass parade through London for GM-free food and farming, 2003. Friends of the Earth's work helped halt commercial planting of GM crops, keep GM foods off supermarket shelves and saw local authorities representing millions of people across the UK declare themselves GM free.

Campaigners call for the environment and people to be at the heart of business decisions, at the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, 2003

Demanding rights for people, rules for business at the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, 2003.

Cadbury-Schweppes AGM action, QEII Centre, Westminster, London. The chocolate bar highlights the impact of palm oil, a hidden ingredient in many consumer products. 21 May 2004

Highlighting the impact of demand for palm oil - a hidden ingredient in many consumer products. Cadbury-Schweppes shareholder meeting, 2004.

Carbon Dinosaur Tour raising awareness of the part old coal-fired power stations play in climate change, Trafalgar Square, London, June 2004

Raising public awareness of the sources of climate-changing emissions. London, 2004.

Thom Yorke poses outside parliament to show his support for The Big Ask campaign launch, 25 May 2005

Radiohead front man Thom Yorke launches The Big Ask campaign, 2005 - calling for legally binding limits on UK climate emissions. Within 3 years, and thanks to the support of hundreds of thousands of people, we had secured the world-leading Climate Change Act.

Tesco Takeover stunt outside the supermarket giants AGM, to protest against the damage to small shops, farmers, overseas suppliers and the environment. 24 June 2005

Friends of the Earth stages a Tesco Takeover outside the supermarket giant's AGM to protest against the damage to small shops, farmers, overseas suppliers and the environment, 2005.

Representatives from communities affected by Shell operations around the world mark the 10th anniversary of the execution of the Nigerian activist Ken Saro-wiwa. 28/6/2005

Representatives from communities affected by oil operations around the world mark the 10th anniversary, in 2005, of the execution of the Nigerian activist Ken Saro-wiwa.

Friends of the Earth members march along Edinburghs Princes Street at the Make Poverty History event, 2 July 2005.

Friends of the Earth staff and supporters flood Edinburgh's Princes Street at the Make Poverty History rally, 2005.

Camden Friends of the Earth local group orangutans go ape in Tesco 29/10/2005. One of 90 protests highlighting the threat from palm oil plantations.

Members of Camden Friends of the Earth local group target Tesco in 2005 to highlight the threat to the orang-utan's habitat posed by palm oil plantations.

David Cameron at Friends of the Earths carbon dating event, part of the Big Ask campaign, 1 March 2006.

David Cameron MP is grilled on climate change at a mass lobby for the Big Ask campaign, 2006.

Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead performing an acoustic set at The Big Ask Live climate change benefit gig at Koko, Camden, 1 May 2006

Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead perform an acoustic set at The Big Ask Live climate change benefit gig at Koko, Camden, 2006.

Davd Milliband and Tony Juniper at the Big Ask Big Quiz at the Labour Party Conference, Manchester, September 2006

David Miliband MP (left) and Friends of the Earth's Tony Juniper at the Big Ask Big Quiz at Labour Party Conference, Manchester, 2006 - just one of a host of tactics we used to make sure politicians couldn't ignore the campaign.

Bob and Roberta Smith, one of many artists, performers and thinkers who joined Friends of the Earths debate on the state of the world, at the Whitchapel gallery, 2008.

Bob and Roberta Smith, one of many artists, performers and thinkers who got involved in Friends of the Earth's debate on the state of the world - and what to do about it - at London's Whitechapel gallery, 2008.

Razorlights Johnny Borrell supports Friends of the Earths Big Ask campaign for a strong climate change law by playing a one off gig in front of a plane at Londons Science Museum, 3 June 2008

Razorlight's Johnny Borrell supports Friends of the Earth's Big Ask campaign for a strong climate change law by playing a one-off gig at London's Science Museum, 2008. The event focused on the need to count emissions from flying in the national tally.

Friends of the Earth fuel poverty stunt outside Royal Courts of Justice in conjunction with Help the Aged, 6 October 2008

Photocall with Help the Aged outside the Royal Courts of Justice draws attention to the link between fuel poverty and climate change, 2008.

Projection on Parliament to ensure emmissions from international flights and shipping are included in the cliamte change bill, 24/10/2008.

Projection on Parliament to remind MPs to vote for emissions from international flights and shipping to be included in the Climate Change Bill, 2008.

Friends of the Earths comedy and music gig, LIVEstock, 12/11/2009

An all-star line-up of comedians, including Jimmy Carr, Stephen Merchant, Russell Howard and Dan Antopolski, packed the HMV Hammersmith Apollo in 2009 to help expose the effects of using imported soy in meat and dairy farming.

Friends and Cold Feet actress Helen Baxendale joined Friends of the Earth activists on a Eurostar train to Copenhagen on 11 December 2009, to put pressure on world leaders to agree a strong and fair climate agreement at the UN talks.

Actor Helen Baxendale (Friends, Cold Feet) joins Friends of the Earth supporters on a Eurostar to Copenhagen in 2009 to press world leaders for a strong and fair climate agreement at the UN talks.

Herds of charity activists dressed as cows infiltrated Londons morning commute on 13 July 2010 to launch Friends of the Earths MOOvement for rainforest free food

Cows infiltrate London's morning 'commoote' in 2010 - drawing attention to the link between rainforest destruction in South America and livestock feeds in the UK. Within months the Government acknowledges the need for action to make livestock farming more sustainable.

5 November 2010. Parcours athletes dressed as cows leaping towards Parliament to promote our MOOvement for rainforest-free food. A film of the runners has had more than 145,000 hits on YouTube.

Parcour athletes dressed as cows head for Parliament to promote our 'MOOvement' for rainforest-free food. Nearly 170,000 people have watched a film of the runners on YouTube.

27/4/2011 Giant elephant delivers nuclear free message to Parliament

An oversized inflatable white elephant delivers the nuclear-free message to Parliament, 2011. Friends of the Earth is calling for the Government to create a safer, nuclear-free future by investing more in clean, green energy and helping homes and businesses save energy.

18 May 2011. Glenda Jackson MP joined bodybuilder Energy Bill outside Parliament to back our call for a tough new law to save energy and tackle climate change.

Glenda Jackson MP joins bodybuilder 'Energy Bill' to back Friends of the Earth's demands for a tough new law to save energy and tackle climate change, 2011.