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We anticipate that Heathrow expansion will be our main campaign again this year with the Government delaying a decision on allowing a third runway whilst it examines environmental concerns. We hope that the hundreds of objections from local residents that we sent to the Government last year helped!
We have been working with a number of other organisations on air quality locally. We have funded some measurement tubes that will monitor NO2 in Kew.
We have supplied wildflower seeds to London Borough of Richmond to create a wildflower area in High Park Road, Kew and to Strawberry Hill House where they will be planting a wildflower area outside the main gate in Autumn 2016.
We enjoyed a delicious Christmas Dinner in December at Turkish Restaurant, Diner's Delight, in Church Road, Teddington.
At our meeting on 4th November we showed the film "This Changes Everything" and discussed its message. See below for more info:
We held stalls to talk to the public about Heathrow expansion in Teddington on 7th November and Richmond on 28th November and have submitted hundreds of requests to the Prime Minister from the public locally to dismiss the idea of a third runway. We are against any new runways in the South East. We responded to the Davies Commission consultation on airport expansion in February and to the May 2015 consultation on air quality and Heathrow - see the Campaigns page.
We held a talk on electrifying transport on Wednesday 1st July 2015 - see the campaigns page for a copy of Simon Bailey's slides.
RTFoE is one of the organisations supporting the local 20s Plenty campaign which wants Richmond Council to introduce a default speed limit of 20 miles per hour in all residential roads in the Borough, unless there is a good reason not to. The campaign now has its own twitter account @20sPlentyLBRich and website at:
RTFoE campaigned for a Bee Action Plan from 2011-14. The Government finally produced a National Pollinator Strategy in November 2014. This is a step in the right direction but Friends of the Earth feel it needs to be strengthened and recent concessions granted to allow the continuing use of neonicotonoid pesticides are worrying.
We held a workshop with the organisation Share Action (www.shareaction.org) on the subject of pensions and climate change in October 2014. We corresponded with the Pensions Committee of London Borough of Richmond during late 2014-15 asking if they could be doing more to divest from fossil fuels but found the councillors seemed to be very scared to take action or even to question their fund managers on this topic.