Politicians

Friends of the Earth changes the world by changing politics. That means working with politicians - and putting pressure on them - to get them to make decisions that are good for people and the planet.

We do this with our supporters across Britain, Europe and the rest of the world.

It would have been absolutely impossible for those of us who were campaigning for [the Climate Change Act] inside Parliament to achieve that without the external pressure that came from all of you - and Friends of the Earth in particular

Martin Horwood MP, Liberal Democrat Party environment spokesperson 

We work with politicians at all levels

  • Parliament at Westminster
  • Wales and Northern Ireland Assemblies
  • European Union
  • Local councils and regional government

We push the environment up the agenda by knowing where your pressure is best focused and understanding where the blockages to change are.

Our experts are respected by politicians. They win arguments with credible evidence and analysis. And they bring together MPs, coalition partners, and activists to press for change.

It is important to recognise the role played by Friends of the Earth, who have almost unendingly pursued our understanding of the arguments and we are truly grateful for that.

Alan Simpson MP, former Labour MP

In 2009 MPs and Peers named Friends of the Earth best Environmental Charity for communicating our message to them.

Friends of the Earth’s Big Ask campaign is one of the most successful campaigns that I have seen. [It] really caused politicians of all parties to get more serious about the need for legislation in this area.

Greg Clark, Local Government Minister