Richmond and Twickenham Friends of the Earth

Welcome
 






We are the Friends of the Earth local group covering the London Borough of Richmond.  

We are one of over 200 local  groups affiliated to and supported by Friends of the Earth .  We are a friendly group of volunteers interested in raising public awareness of environmental issues and pressing for sustainability. We are not connected to any political party.

We're always eager to welcome new members. We have a range of activities including discussions, talks, films and talking to the public on stalls.  Members can be involved as much or as little as they like, choosing the campaigns that interest them.

We usually meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm - please check the Events calendar to see what we are doing. 

 


Some members of the group also attend Green Drinks organised by South West London Environment Network on the first Tuesday of each month at the Eel Pie, Church Street, Twickenham.





 
 


News
Please see the Events page for details of our next few meetings.


Meetings and Events

Councillor Jean Loveland the London Borough of Richmond cycling champion came to our September meeting to discuss planned improvements to cycling in the Borough (plus a range of other topics including electric cars and air pollution). The cycling strategy was published fairly recently and the air pollution strategy is due to come out in a draft for consultation in autumn 2017.

Councillor Pamela Fleming, London Borough of Richmond's Cabinet Member for the Environment came to talk to us about recycling and waste disposal locally on Wednesday 7th June.  It was a very interesting discussion covering everything from recycling in flats to where the various waste streams are being sent, including a new incinerator in Avonmouth.  We also discussed air pollution locally and will be commenting on the forthcoming LB Richmond Air Pollution strategy.

On Thursday 25th May we organised a general electon hustings meeting for the Twickenham constituency on the subject of the environment, human rights and the arms trade at the Baptist Church in Teddington.  Vince Cable (Liberal Democrat), Tania Mathias (Conservative) and Katherine Dunne (Labour) all attended and there were many questions ranging from Heathrow expansion to arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

We had a stall at the Richmond May Fair on Saturday 13th May concentrating on air pollution and have given out 10 diffusion tubes to local residents who are putting them up to measure nitrogen dioxide emissions in their area. 

The new MP for Richmond Park, Sarah Olney, came to our meeting on 1st March to talk to us about her experiences to date and hear about our environmental concerns. 


Films

At our meeting on 1st February we showed the film "Growthbusters" - for more information see www.growthbusters.com  a very interesting website with a trailer for the film and a lot more information about the maker Dave Gardner's activities.

We are hoping to show the film "Sense and Sustainability" at one of our meetings in the next few months. We are working with Green Screen which is based in Ham during 2017 to put on environmental films at Ham Library and elsewhere in the Borough.