South West

What does Friends of the Earth do in South West England?

We're lucky to live and work in one of the most beautiful and nature-rich parts of England. We have abundant resources and thriving green industries.

This year, 2015, Bristol becomes the first UK city to be European Green Capital.

But we are also highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, with flooding and coastal storms taking a toll on many of our communities.


I’m Mike Birkin. I've lived most of my adult life in South West England - and most of that time I've worked for Friends of the Earth. I’m based in Bristol now as Regional Campaigner. I’m never short of things to do, but working to defend nature and support green energy are the most important things to me right now.

Please get in touch to let me know how Friends of the Earth can work with you.

Follow me on Twitter @mike_birkin, email [email protected] or phone 0117 9420128.

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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
Sea and Cliffs at Lands End, Cornwall