North East

What's does Friends of the Earth do in the North East?

North East England's engineering expertise and creativity are strengths that could be harnessed for positive change.

Friends of the Earth is committed to delivering the transition away from fossil fuels into a cleaner, more prosperous economy.

This has started to happen as the region becomes a hotbed for the production of electric vehicles and offshore renewable energy.

We are working in our communities to tackle climate change and enhance our natural spaces.

I'm Simon Bowens.

After spending a decade in industry, I started working for Friends of the Earth in 2004.

I'm our regional campaigner in the North East, a job I love, having been brought up in the region and educated within sight of ICI Wilton.

I'm really excited about the future of the North East as we get to grips with the challenges of sustainable living in the 21st century.

When I'm not working, I'm either spending time with my wife and two young children or I'm out on my bike.

Get in touch - ring me on 0113 2428150, email me at [email protected], follow me on Twitter @SimonBowens or join the Friends of the Earth North East Facebook Group.

We also have a network of local groups across Yorkshire & the Humber. Find your local group here.


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Friday, June 2, 2017 to Sunday, June 4, 2017

Basecamp is Friends of the Earth's annual flagship gathering of the environmental justice movement. Located in the stunning Peak District, it is a festival of ideas and action. The ideal place to find out more about making a change in your community. From spoon carving to legal seminars, bands that make you boogie to incredible speakers, we promise BASECAMP will take you on a journey full of inspiration. What have people previously said about Basecamp? "Can't wait for next year!" "It exceeded my expectations in every way possible - thank you." "I came away more inspired than I imagined I would be." That about says it all. Basecamp 2017 will be run from 2-4 June: come and be inspired. Bookings opening soon!

Contact: [email protected]
Location: Castleton YHA
Start time: 14:00
Organisation or Local Group: Friends of the Earth Presents
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One and a half degrees: Can we change in time?

Saturday, June 17, 2017

This free event is for everyone - its aim is to motivate all of us to learn more about climate change - and how to take practical action to minimise its effects, locally, nationally and internationally. Stalls from different organisations, art and technology displays, films, talks by experts, live music and more, will illustrate the risks posed by climate change, and possible solutions, at the event. Given the significance of climate change in every child’s future, Swale FoE are really keen to involve schools in this event, and there are opportunities for pupils to show their understanding and creativity. For more information go to:

Contact: Swale Friends of the Earth:
Location: The Alexander Centre, 15-17 Preston Street, ME13 8NZ Faversham, Kent
Start time: 10.00
End time: 16.00
Organisation or Local Group: Swale Friends of the Earth
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