Leicester Friends of the Earth win again!
Congratulations to Leicester Friends of the Earth who have been named local group of the year for the second year running by People’s Postcode Lottery Earthmovers Awards!
Supported by players of People’s Postcode lottery, Earthmovers Awards recognise the inspiring work of local environmental groups in their communities. Beating out competition around the midlands, Leicester Friends of Earth won the award for their environmental campaigning; including the recent launch of a new version of the Healthy Air Manifesto for the city.
Will Humpington, Climate Change and Environmental Programmes Advisor, said:
“We recognised Leicester Friends of the Earth for being such a co-ordinated, determined and imaginative campaign group. The group’s Clean Air campaign has raised awareness of the dangerously polluted air in the city. Congratulations to everyone involved in the campaign”
The group wanted to persuade councillors ahead of local elections to prioritise cleaning up Leicester’s air, following the World Health Organisation recently stating that the city has some of the worst air quality in the UK. The manifesto was launched by campaigners wearing gas masks and calls on authorities to consider a holistic approach which includes electrifying buses and introducing a charging Clean Air Zone.
Hannah Wakley, from Leicester Friends of the Earth, said of the issue:
“Air pollution is an issue that impacts so many people in the city and surrounding area, so we’ve been calling on local politicians to give it the priority it needs. We’re calling for an approach that takes all factors into account, such as cleaning up transport on our streets and putting an end to the clouds of diesel coming from the outdated trains passing through the city.”