Welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter which has a new look thanks to graphic designer, Annette Bowery. We have had a wet start to the summer, but we haven’t let the rain dampen our campaigning spirit! We have had a busy few months with event planning and fundraising as well as working on our exisiting campaigns.
Work on the Brum Pound is coming along quickly and they are looking to start planning the pilot phase. Check out Corline’s article for all the updates.
On 12 May BFOE campaigners, Ben, Molly and Tim attended a Sharing Cities Book Tour event at the impact hub. It was a joint event run by Friends of the Earth and Julian Agyeman. Read all about it in Molly’s article.
Engergy & Climate Change
Climate campaigners, Tim and Molly have been busy working on the Divest WMPF campaign. Check out Molly’s article to find out what the Divest team have been upto.
At the beginning of May our Campaigns Co-ordinator, Roxanne joined hundreds of activitists for the Reclaim the Power camp in Ffos-y-fran. Have a read of Rox’s article for more info.
On 20 May, Roxanne braved the rain to show solidarity with the anti-fracking movement in North Yorkshire. Have a read of Roxanne’s article.
The following day, BFOE were joined by Green Peace and Divest WMPF campaigners to celebrate the UK being Frack Free for 5 years! The rain didn’t dampened the celebrations which took place outside Birmingham City Council House. Many people stopped to join in our celebrations and have their photograph taken.
Christina and Hannah have been busy planning and organising our Nature and Wellbeing Day which is to take place on the 30 July in Digbeth Community Garden. Read Christina’s article for all the details.
We took part in the #GreatBritishBeeCount over May and June which was largely social media based and have had a great response from fellow bee lovers! Check out Hayley’s article for more info.
BFOE campaigners wanted to do more to help save the bees and decided a beehive Digbeth Community Garden would be benefical. Lisa has been busy with our Digbeth Bees Please! appeal which went live on Local Giving at the beginning of June. Have a read of Lisa’s article to find out how you can get involved.
Our Waste Isn’t Rubbish! Campaign went a little quiet while we wait for Birmingham City Council’s Future Waste Strategy to open. The consultation went live on 29 June and will run until 31 July. At the time of writing the waste team have sprung into action, so watch this space!
Ben has been keeping an eye on planning proposals and has responded to Midland Metro Birmingham Eastside Extension Consultation and to the Smithfield Masterplan.
During May we decided to join in with the Meat Free May campaign. Corline enjoyed leading on this and set about putting a resturant review team together to go around Brimingham trying the different places where you could get a vegetrian or vegan meal. Check out Corline’s article to find out more.
We always welcome new people who want to get involved with our campaigns so if you fancy getting involved then please get in touch or come to one of our weekly monday night meetings.