Let's make a difference. Together.

At Circle Square, our collective social conscience drives us to engage with, and strive to make a difference, to the society we live in. At our stage of life, we have learnt, created, led, achieved, given and accomplished, we have lived, endured and arrived at a point where we have time for a change. Time we didn’t have before – and we can choose what to do with it. And time to make a change in our own lives, or in the wider world.

Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth, is the world’s largest grassroots environmental campaigning organisation. And 2021 marked their 50th anniversary, making them a natural fit as green charity partner to our 50+ community.

We’re all aware we are facing a climate emergency and the time is now for action. We all have a responsibility to future generations – our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren – to leave a healthier, fairer world as part of our legacy.

During this time, their dedication to protecting the natural world and the wellbeing of everyone in it has been remarkable. Their campaigns for the protection of our forests, our bees and our oceans, and the promotion of cleaner, greener solutions have been a catalyst for change. In the 90s, Friends of the Earth persuaded the UK government that recycling was possible. In 2008, the Climate Change Act was driven and inspired by Friends of the Earth, tying the government to specific climate targets. And in 2015, their protests dealt a blow to the UK’s destructive fracking industry.

Today, Friends of the Earth is actively running campaigns on:

Tackling the climate emergency

Protecting wildlife and nature

Ending plastic pollution

The Circle Square spirit

Circle Square members can play their part in demonstrating awareness and leadership in environmental protection. The goal is to create an even bigger movement of people taking meaningful action on the climate crisis.

There are several ways in which you can get involved:

  • Support campaigning efforts by signing petitions that help exert pressure on governments on key issues.
  • Drive action by helping with fund-raising or making a donation.
  • Become part of the solution: start with simple lifestyle changes such as reducing meat/dairy consumption, alternative heating solutions and electric car adoption.
  • Put your skills to work. Like any charity, Friends of the Earth relies on its volunteers and there are opportunities for pro bono work in areas of legal, financial and HR.

For more information on how you can support Friends of the Earth, please contact Jo Finburgh at jo.finburgh@foe.co.uk. Jo has been with Friends of the Earth for nearly 20 years and would be delighted to share more about the organisation with you.

Change is tough

Friends of the Earth’s goal is to keep global temperature rises to well below 1.5 degrees Celsius and they are leading some specific campaigns to tackle our climate crisis:

  • Getting the UK government to show leadership at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference 2021 (COP26)
  • Ending Fossil Fuel Funding Abroad by UK Government
  • Stopping the Cumbria deep Coal Mine Development
  • Green job creation
  • Fossil fuel divestment
  • Supporting communities to push for change in their areas
  • Getting government to adopt a green and fair recovery plan
  • Stopping the Third Runway at Heathrow

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