We have done a lot of campaigning this year and we couldn’t have been able to do any of it without the support of our volunteers, placement students, members and those taking part in our actions – so a BIG THANK YOU to you all.
So much goes on both behind the scenes and with public facing actions that there isn’t enough time to tell you everything! Instead here are some of our highlights.
Climate Change Campaigning
Our climate change campaigning this year has centred around our Birmingham United for Warm Homes campaign.
We held a successful hybrid panel event in February in which representatives from different organisations spoke about what they were doing to work with communities to inform them of energy saving measures and lobby for funds for a street-by-street insulation programme.
This was followed by a photo stunt in March to mark posting our open letter to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak demanding that the government takes urgent meaningful action to tackle the energy and climate crisis.
Over the summer and autumn we collected signatures for our petition which is calling on MPs to support our campaign demands. As part of our work building support for the campaign, on Saturday 18 November we took part in the national Day of Action for Warm Homes by hosting a craftivism event in Northfield.
We have continued to be part of the steering group of the Brum Climate Justice Coalition. On Sunday 12 November the coalition hosted a climate conference – We Make Tomorrow – at the Midlands Art Centre. The event brought together climate justice activists, trade unionists and social justice campaigners. We have also supported demonstrations in December.
We had a lot of fun during spring and summer dressing bees for a number of stalls for our Save Our Soil campaign. The campaign continues to call on Birmingham city council to go pesticides free and transition to the sole use of organic growing methods
From the 21 April to the 24 April we supported Extinction Rebellion’s The Big One – Unite to Survive. Tens of thousands of people were in London to demand a better, fairer system that tackles the climate emergency.
Between 31 July and 31 August we ran a well received art competition for children aged between 4 and 11. Prizes ranged from bee saver kits, insect guides and log books. The quality of the entries was outstanding.
We handed in our Save Our Soil petition signed by many residents to Birmingham City Council on Wednesday 25 October.
Planet Over Profit Campaigning.
In June we took part in Refugee Week by hosting a discussion meeting exploring the human rights abuses associated with different commodities and how a new UK law holding corporations accountable could help prevent these.
During December, we ran a social media campaign in the lead up to Human Rights Day on 10 December, exploring the different commodities and the abusive and destructive supply chains associated with these.
50 years of BFoE Campaigning
This year we celebrated 50 years of campaigning with a party in June. We are proud of the achievements we have made over the years and look forward to creating more memories and creating change in 2024 and beyond.