West Dorset FoE campaigns on Tree Planting, Plastic pollution, renewable energy, and comments to our county and town councils.
Tree Planting is both a local and national campaign. Friends of the Earth is attempting to Double tree cover in the UK. In West Dorset we have become partners with Bridport Tree Planting to encourage and participate in the planning, the planting and the maintenance of young native trees.
Reducing Plastic pollution is a national goal. In order to achieve that in Bridport we have applied for Plastic free community status from Surfers against Sewage. They have a set of guidelines which will lead Bridport towards reducing single use plastic.
Hydrocarbon extraction: Friends of the Earth has always campaigned for more renewable energy and against fracking. Recently an application has been filed for a conventional oil well near Athelhampton. As Dorset is in the process of creating an action plan for its declared climate emergency, we are urging them to not approve this project.
A Climate and Environment Emergency has been declared in both Dorset and Bridport by their respective councils. The declaration is far simpler than the actions which follow. Our groups’ task is to monitor, comment and pressure when necessary.