Category Archives: Croydon Friends of the Earth

Sit-down protest fails to halt destruction of 100-year-old oaks

Croydon Council’s ambivalent approach to environmental protection has been called into question once again after the destruction of trees in Waddon. Photos: PETER BALL What began as a spontaneous, one-woman sit-down protest yesterday ultimately failed to save a set of … Continue reading

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Environment group urges drivers to turn off idling engines

With poor air quality, parts of Croydon are among the worst places in London for cases of asthma, By PAUL LUSHION, environment correspondent In one of those idle moments, when you are sitting in your car in traffic with the … Continue reading

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The Ashburton chainsaw massacre as park’s trees are felled

Croydon Council, which has declared a climate emergency and claims it wants to be a green borough, is chopping down and pollarding trees in one of its parks. In the middle of the bird-nesting season. Members of the Friends of … Continue reading

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Climate Crisis Commission is a last chance to make a change

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The Climate Crisis Commission met for the first time this morning. PETER UNDERWOOD, one of the commission members, explains what its work will involve In the face of the growing threat of climate change, this is our chance … Continue reading

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Town Hall protest as XR demand answers over incinerator

Extinction Rebellion will be staging a protest on the Town Hall steps tonight, ahead of the latest meeting of the South London Waste Partnership. The branches of Croydon and Sutton XR will want Stuart Collins, the deputy leader of Croydon … Continue reading

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Friends of the Earth Green Beanfeast, Oval Tavern, Dec 10

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Green Party opts against ‘Remain Alliance’ in Croydon Central

There’s no chance of the Green Party’s Croydon candidates running up any gas-guzzling air miles to get around their constituencies ahead of the General Election on December 12, as all three live and work in the areas they are seeking … Continue reading

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Friends of the Earth free screening: The True Cost, Nov 19

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Extinction Rebellion challenge Newman’s hypocrisy on climate

Our environment correspondent, PAUL LUSHION, reports on the latest effort to reduce the council leader’s dangerously high level of bullshit emissions The hypocrisy and grandstanding of Croydon Council leader Tony Newman on environmental issues – declaring a climate emergency for … Continue reading

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Croydon’s links with Gatwick ‘incompatible’ with carbon target

Environmental activists have reacted with disbelief and barely disguised scorn at the announcement that Croydon Council has accepted a £75,000 sponsorship from Gatwick Airport for the borough’s newest youth centre. Extinction Rebellion protests around the capital earlier this year brought … Continue reading

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Newman discovers climate emergency but offers little to fix it

Our environment correspondent, PAUL LUSHION, was at the council’s ‘sustainability summit’ – staged in an unsustainable venue where guests were drinking from single-use cardboard cups – and found it to be full of contradictions Tony Newman, the Labour leader of … Continue reading

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Extinction Rebellion wants council to call a climate emergency

As PETER UNDERWOOD reports, CROXR is pressing the Town Hall to make changes to its environmental policies It’s a stereotypically British thing to talk about the weather. So it’s no surprise that the torrential rain has been the main topic … Continue reading

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Protestors meet Greta Thunberg and bring XR closer to home

At least two local residents were arrested in the past week as part of the Extinction Rebellion demonstrations across central London, which saw members of a group from Sutton meet Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who has captured the attention … Continue reading

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‘Nuclear’ Newman goes radio ga-ga over radioactive deal

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE has obtained a copy of Croydon Council’s contract with Viridor for the operation of the Beddington Lane incinerator. It includes clauses for the disposal of radioactive waste. Trouble is, the council leader clearly hasn’t bothered reading … Continue reading

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A Plastic Ocean free screening, East Croydon, Mar 19

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Underwood named on Greens shortlist for London Mayor

Peter Underwood, a regular on the ballot paper at local and parliamentary elections in Croydon, has made it on to the Green Party’s shortlist of candidates for selection to stand for Mayor of London in 2020. The Greens pride themselves … Continue reading

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Calls for council to halt use of weedkiller linked to cancer

Weedkillers including glyphosate, which has been linked to causing cancer in humans, continue to be used by Croydon Council, whose contractors even spray the substance around public parks and children’s playgrounds. Now Friends of the Earth is calling on the … Continue reading

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Croydon is worst in all London for asthma attack cases

PAUL LUSHION, our environment correspondent, on some very worrying scientific findings about air quality in Croydon – before the Beddington incinerator even begins full operation According to the Evening Standard, “Croydon has been named the worst borough in London for … Continue reading

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Councillors’ air pollution event fails to mention incinerator

Three Croydon councillors want to stage a talking shop about how to deal with air pollution – just days after the council-commissioned Beddington incinerator begins to pump out pollutants over south London. Our environment correspondent, PAUL LUSHION, reports In the … Continue reading

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Burned – Friends of the Earth screening, East Croydon, Sep 18

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A six-point plan to enhance our precious, under-threat parks

Conservationist PETER UNDERWOOD says that we need to support a Parks Charter to help guarantee the future of local open spaces I love spending time in nature, and we are blessed with a large number and variety of parks and … Continue reading

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Croydon needs to be in the zone to allow children to breathe

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The Mayor of London is consulting on the capital’s air quality, and PETER UNDERWOOD says it is important that people in Croydon make him aware that we need to be included in the extended Ultra Low Emissions Zone … Continue reading

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Friends of the Earth free screening of Trashed, Mar 20

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Greens candidate kicked out of council meeting over new gift

BELLE MONT reports on a lively planning meeting at Sutton Council on Wednesday, when a parliamentary candidate chose to remind the councillors of a decision they took four years ago which is likely to have environmental consequences for generations Shasha … Continue reading

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Council needs to end its pension investments in fossil fuels

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Friends of the Earth member NICOLA BRENNAN suggests a way in which the council can help save the world and save our lives Last year broke records for being the hottest since records began. Our use of fossil … Continue reading

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