Happy new year everyone! We are looking forward to the campaigning year ahead of us. After a lot of planning and background research last winter, we started the year by launching our new waste campaign: ‘Don’t Lose Your Bottle!’, and relaunched our Climate Refugee campaign with an exciting art competition. We have a lot to look forward to this year including the completion of the renovations to The Warehouse over the next few months as well as some events, so watch this space!

In this issue we will be catching up on our air pollution, climate change and waste campaigns as well as taking a look at the building developments and what our Heritage Project team have dug up from the archives. Also in this issue Roxanne and Poppy debate on whether there should be controls to limit population growth.

Air Pollution

Our air pollution campaigning has continued to grow over the past few months. We had an interesting meeting with Cllr John Cotton back in December in which we learnt more about Birmingham City Council’s plans for a Clean Air Zone.

We are planning to hold an event at the beginning of March, keep an eye out for the details. Find out more about our air pollution campaign in Libby’s article.

Energy and Climate Change

After a lot of planning we decided to relaunch our Climate Refugee campaign with an art competition. We have a lot of exciting things planned for this year! Take a look at Alice’s article to find out what 2018 has in store for our campaign.

Also in this issue, Elin takes a look at what COP 23 means for the global environment.

Nature

Whilst the bees have been hibernating, Digbeth Community Garden has gone on tour! Take a look at Jake’s article to find out about the work they are doing with Meena to create a garden at their new centre which is opening soon!

BFoE volunteer Cath has been busy undertaking an Orchard course and has written an article about what the course entails.

Waste

Our waste team have been very busy over the past few months. They put in a response to Birmingham City Council’s procurement plan for their Future Waste Strategy. Take a look at John’s article to find out more.

We had a great time last month launching our new bottle recycling campaign which is calling for a national deposit scheme for plastic bottles. Read Jodie’s article for a campaign update.

How you can get involved

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years and to those who currently donate their time and/or money, we really couldn’t do the work we do without your support.

We always welcome new people and there are many different ways you can get involved with our campaigns. Whether you have an hour or two to spare or a whole day, please get in touch or come along to any of our weekly Monday meetings (contact and meeting details on the diary page).

Follow us on Twitter (@Bham_FOE) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/birminghamfoe) to keep up to date with our latest campaigns news. For more in-depth information on our campaigns take a look at our website (www.birminghamfoe.org.uk)