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Author: Chris Church

Oxford Friends of the Earth is a thriving and effective local group that has been active for over 40 years. Our purpose is to work together to promote a healthy and sustainable environment

River Pollution in Oxfordshire

Following our meeting on water pollution in November we have set up an Oxford Clean Rivers WhatsApp group with River Action to enable us to plan next steps.  If you are active on any aspect of this or would like to be email info@oxfoe.co.uk and we can add you to the group. The film of…
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United for nature and climate in Oxfordshire: Follow up and information

Our Nature and Climate meeting last week went very well. 140 people took part and discussed a lot of very relevant questions on how we can deliver nature and climate solutions. Craig Bennett and Prof. Nat Seddon set out the climate- nature links very clearly. Thanks for the positive feedback we have received and for…
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United for Nature and Climate in Oxfordshire: our next major event

United for Nature and Climate in Oxfordshire: our next major event Our next major public meeting will be on how nature and climate solutions can work together. It is on Tuesday 28th November We have a great set of speakers: Craig Bennett, Director of The Wildlife Trusts (and formerly FoE CEO) Professor Nathalie Seddon, Nature-based…
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September update: We win our case – but there’s another battle

In July Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) Planning Committee rejected the £300M HIF1 road scheme – they voted 7 to 2 against the scheme and a range of issues where raised showing how flawed the plan was – see below. This is a major victory for us after 18 months of campaigning.  Now the government has…
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Road campaign victory!

We win our case!! On Tuesday July 18th Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) Planning Committee rejected the £300M scheme to build a new dual carriageway, new bridges and a bypass near Didcot, against the recommendation of OCC’s own officers. They voted 7 to 2 against the scheme. This is a major victory for us after 18…
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Action on particulate pollution

Oxford FoE is working with Oxford City Council on a new campaign to tackle the health and environmental harms of using wood burning stoves. Under the banner ‘Do You Fuel Good?’ the campaign aims to educate and inform anyone who uses wood burning stoves and open fireplaces on the harms they cause, and inform them of…
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New alliance launched to oppose damaging road schemes across Oxfordshire

On Sat. Nov. 5th groups from across the county are meeting to launch of the Oxfordshire Roads Action Alliance (ORAA). ORAA is a community alliance and campaign group that is being set up to prevent unsuitable road development in Oxfordshire. ORAA is supported by local parish councils, Oxford Friends of the Earth and the national…
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Nov. 10th 2022: How do we fix the energy crisis and the climate crisis?

On Thursday Nov. 10th Oxford Friends of the Earth are holding a major public meeting on this theme. The speakers are: Greg Jackson is the chief executive of Octopus Energy.  are one of the most active energy companies in terms of tackling the climate crisis and cost of living issues.  Tessa Khan is director of…
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April 2022: Tackling the ‘energy crisis’ locally: what do we do?

April 2022: Tackling the ‘energy crisis’ locally: what do we do? We’re in the midst of a major gas crisis. The cost of energy to heat and power our homes is skyrocketing, pushing millions more people into hardship. At the same time fossil fuel companies announce record profits. It’s unjust and unfair, and we can’t…
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South Oxfordshire road protest

This morning – 14th March – we gathered to prevent surveyors for Oxfordshire County Council gaining access to land they wish to compulsorily purchase for their new £294million nine-mile road.  We are calling on them to withdraw this plan and invest in non-polluting infrastructure.  County consultants came and left!  Watch it here.