#FridaysForFuture actions that you can take…

#FridaysForFuture: September 6th 2019

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It’s back to school and back to work for all of us at Parents For Future. Two weeks today (September 20th) is the GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE!

Ahead of the strike we are gathering signatures to our OPEN LETTER. Please sign and share widely, invite all your parent friends to add their names. Let the media know that we support the youth in their demands for a safe climate future.

#FridaysForFuture: August 2nd 2019

The Amazon rainforest is facing unprecedented destruction. Brazil’s far-right President Bolsonaro is stripping the forest and the indigenous people of their protections.

Please sign and share: End the Amazon Apocalypse


This week our friends in Brazil informed us of the following:

In Amapá, a Wajãpi village was attacked by miners who threatened women, children and murdered the Emyra Wajãpi chief with cruelty. The criminal group was heavily armed with machine guns, 12-caliber guns, night vision goggles and pit bull dogs.

PLEASE SEND A LETTER or email to the UK Embassy in Brazil. TEMPLATE HERE.

#FridaysForFuture: July 26th 2019

This week we are sharing an amazing initiative started by a #Parentsforfuture Mum called 'Just One Tree'.

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For just £1 you can plant a tree through carefully researched partner re-forestation programmes overseas.

We need to get businesses on board with regular or one off donations and we need to get our communities fund raising for tree planting; Restaurants, hairdressers, estate agencies, builders, yoga centres, kids clubs, brownies, cubs, choirs, orchestras, football teams, swimming clubs....you name it! WHO do you know!? Are YOU a business owner?

This is also going to be an excellent point of engagement for schools who dont have grounds to plant on, or who have already done school tree planting. Non-uniform days, Picnics, film nights... any kind of PTA fund raising!

It is also a lovely thing to do to mark birthdays, anniversaries and end of school year and pretty much any other special occaision you can think of. Why not plant a tree instead of giving out pointless party bags etc?

Finally please consider off-setting the carbon from your summer holiday by making a donation to plant trees!

Please send in your ideas for how to get people regularly making donations to plant trees and offset their carbon.
Oh, and tell your friends! .....🦋🌳🦜🌲🍁🌳

#FridaysForFuture: July 19th 2019


Today was the sixth UK student climate strike. The young generation need our support and in September they are asking adults to join the strike in order to pressure our governments into taking urgent action on the climate crisis.

Today’s action is simple. Pledge your support for September 2019 and register your intention to strike HERE.

The Global Climate Strike website is full of ideas for how to organise and register your own strike, mobilise your friends and family, get your co-workers taking action with you and otherwise give support to this ambitious action.

#FridaysForFuture: July 12th 2019

Feeling down about #ClimateBreakdown? Today’s action is to help raise everyone's spirit and #SingForClimate 💚💙🌎

Today we are sharing Sing for the Climate: http://singfortheclimate.com

Learn the song and next time you have a gathering raise your voices up together!

We need to wake up
We need to wise up
We need to open our eyes
And do it now now now
We need to build a better future
And we need to start right now

We’re on a planet
That has a problem
We’ve got to solve it, get involved
And do it now now now
We need to build a better future
And we need to start right now

Make it greener
Make it cleaner
Make it last, make it fast
and do it now now now
We need to build a better future
And we need to start right now

No point in waiting
Or hesitating
We must get wise, take no more lies
And do it now now now
We need to build a better future
And we need to start right now

#FridaysForFuture: June 28th 2019

🌎💚💙 This week our action is to join forces with Hugh and Anita and give supermarkets #OURPLASTICFEEDBACK!

This has been a brilliant series highlighting just how completely out of control our use of plastic is. We have to use our consumer power to start addressing this issue and the ecological disaster it is causing!

Have a watch! The series on iplayer if you haven't seen it yet.

Hugh’s War on Waste

#FridaysForFuture: June 21st 2019


💙🌳💚🐝🌎 Please all sign and share this petition to enforce the incredible work of Polly Higgins and her team:

ECOCIDE is serious loss, damage or destruction of ecosystems including climate and cultural damage.

We believe ECOCIDE should be recognised as an atrocity crime at the International Criminal Court - alongside Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity.


#FridaysForFuture: June 14th 2019


🌎💙💚 Today we are supporting the campaign by Flight Free UK to get people to try and fly less. Will you pledge to have a #flightfree2020?

"Flying less is the most effective way to lower your carbon footprint, and we hope to inspire many people to take that action with our Flight Free 2020 campaign. Please pass it on and help us reach the 100,000!

We realise that for many people with family overseas it is very hard not to fly at all, but it is an important conversation and something we should all be thinking about. Especially as the government plans to go ahead with Heathrow expansion, despite that being completely at odds with a declaration of climate emergency.

#FridaysForFuture: June 7th 2019

Today we are asking people to support The Climate Coalition in their call for a mass lobby of parliament on JUNE 26th. You can register your attendance HERE.


"This Summer, the Government will decide whether to end the UK’s contribution to climate change by committing to a net zero emissions target. They will also have the chance to end nature’s decline by committing to a strong Environment Bill. Now is the time to push for bold action.
On June 26th, thousands of us from every corner of Britain will take our message straight to Parliament in what we hope will be the largest mass lobby for climate and the environment the UK has ever seen."

#FridaysForFuture: May 31st 2019

💚🌎💙 Today our #FridaysForFuture action is to WRITE A LETTER (or 2!)


Letters for climate is the platform for people who want to access fact checked letters that are written in response to inaction or short sightedness on climate change mitigation. Letters that can be sent to government departments, institutions, or to corporations with operations in the UK. Letters will be added periodically, to try and keep pace with change.

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any”.

– Alice Walker

Ethical conduct is integral in order to mitigate against the most severe risks posed by anthropogenic climate change and ecological breakdown. Current economic growth priorities cannot continue to exist on a planet of finite resources and the shortsighted pursuit of profit at environmental cost will hit the poorest (and least complicit) first. 
As a parent to young children, I’m morally obligated to be an active citizen and stand up to the injustice of anthropogenic climate change and ecological breakdown. I’m compelled to act when I learn of the immoral practices of political institutions and the attacks on scientific integrity. 
Letters for climate is a solution that has more impact than ‘social media activism’; too many of us are using a ‘like’, ‘angry’, ‘retweet’, or ‘hashtag’ function but falling short of taking more strategic action to demand accountability.”

#FridaysForFuture: May 24th 2019


#FridaysForFuture: May 17th 2019

💚🌎💙 Today our #FridaysForFuture action is simply WALKING!

Next week May 20-24th 2019 is ‘Walk To School Week’, a fantastic initiative by LivingStreets UK. Many schools across the UK are already signed up and it’s still not too late to join. If your school isn’t involved why not speak to your teachers and head teachers about promoting #walktoschoolweek through an assembly or a letter to parents? Their website is packed with resources on the benefits for children of walking to school.

As #ParentsForFuture we are all concerned about air pollution in the UK.

🚶‍♀️Did you know that one in four cars during the morning rush hour are taking children to school and the school run alone is responsible for generating two million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year?

🚶‍♂️Did you know a recent global study suggest four million cases of childhood asthma could be caused by air pollution from traffic?

🚶‍♀️Did you know 2,091 schools, nurseries, further education centres and after-school clubs in England and Wales are within 150 metres of a road with illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide ?

🚶‍♂️Did you know air pollution costs lives and billions of pounds and is is one of the UK's biggest killers, causing up to 36,000 early deaths in the UK every year?

If you want to know more about the campaign for clean air Friends of the Earth is a good place to start.

And please let us know how you get on with sharing this initiative to your schools!

#FridaysForFuture: May 10th 2019

Petro-chemical polluters promoting children’s health?

Petro-chemical polluters promoting children’s health?

💚💙🌎 Today we are asking parents to take action on ‘The Daily Mile’. Does your child’s school participate? (See the MAP) If so you might be shocked to find out who the corporate sponsors are…

The Daily Mile, in itself, is a great idea about getting children to do more exercise. The Daily Mile website states "This isn’t about elite sport or exercise – simply go outside into the fresh air in what you’re wearing, to get fit in 15 minutes.." However, the program is sponsored by fossil fuel giants INEOS, who are amongst the worst polluters in the UK with a terrible environmental record.

INEOS have over a 50% interest in UK fracking licenses and are fiercely opposing the 500 metres buffer zone between a fracking site and schools, homes, hospitals etc which North Yorkshire seeks to achieve in their Minerals and Waste Joint Plan. Ineos have even threatened this measure with a legal challenge. And, if that was not enough Ineos have previously attempted to block pollution controls.


Studies have indicated that living next to a fracking site is linked to a rise in asthma and many other health concerns. With fracking comes an increase in methane emissions, a far more potent and harmful gas than Co2. The continued development of the fracking industry in the UK is completely at odds with trying to reduce emmissions as urgently advised by the 2018 IPCC report.

Finally, we believe it is scandalous that Britain’s richest man, the billionaire Jim Ratcliffe and owner of INEOS, should have his greenwash PR campaign receive £1.5 million of national lottery funding in order to recruit our children’s schools to this scheme.

A great many parents and teachers will not know about the connections between INEOS and The Daily Mile. Please help us share information politely and respectfully to our very busy headteachers. We have a TEMPLATE LETTER for you to send to the head teacher of your school. Please feel free to adjust as you see fit.

There is also a Facebook Page dedicated to this issue The-Daily-Mile-Greenwash 💚💙🌎

#FridaysForFuture: May 3rd 2019

💚💙🌎 Today’s action is to make sure that you are registered to VOTE in the upcoming EU elections. Many places in Europe are also campaigning for older people to 'give their vote' to the younger generation.

8 million Brits still aren't registered to vote so please pass this on to all of your friends and let's keep the green tide rising!!!
https://simple.getvoting.org/#/ 🐝🦋🌳

#FridaysForFuture: April 26th 2019

💚💙🌎 Today’s action is a simple one: Please sign this petition calling on the government to ‘Restore nature on a massive scale to help stop climate breakdown.’

To avoid a climate emergency we need to act fast. Rewilding and other natural climate solutions can draw millions of tonnes of CO2 out of the air through restoring and protecting our living systems. We call on the UK government to make a bold financial and political commitment to nature's recovery.

#FridaysForFuture: April 19th 2019

💚💙🌎 Today’s action is to email Sainsbury’s

If, like us, you watched David Attenborough's Climate Change: The Facts' last night, you may be wondering where to start and what you can do.

1. Please sign this letter to the CEO of Sainsbury's, Of all the UK supermarket chains they are coming up worst on plastic reduction. Of course writing in your own words has more weight. #Sainsburysplasticshame

2. Be inspired to organise your own #actiononplastic with a group of friends like these ladies in Bath did: https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/…/activists-walk-sainsburys-…

3. What can you change in the way you shop? Here are a few ideas, and please share yours with us. https://www.wearetheshift.co.uk/create-less-waste

4. Do we really need those elaborately packaged Easter Eggs??

Easter Egg Packaging Facts:

• Each year, more than 3,000 tonnes of waste is generated just from Easter egg packaging alone.

• One study found that the packaging around one particular egg weighs just as much as the confectionary itself and Oxfam reports that on average, 200g of chocolate egg comes with 54g of card and 2g of foil.

• Approximately 80 million chocolate eggs are sold in the UK at Easter which generates around 4,370 tonnes of card and 160 tonnes of foil waste. Most of the plastic packaging used is not recyclable yet, which means it will end up in landfills.

• About 10 million cards are sent and received.

• Every Easter more than £299m is spent on chocolate in the UK - equivalent to 139 million egg shells weighing 200 grams and if all 139 million shell eggs were encased in carton packaging they would use a staggering 9,391.8 sq miles of board.

Happy Easter Everyone! 🌍💚💙🐝🐣🌼

#FridaysForFuture: April 12th 2019

💙🌍💚 Today’s action is to change your search engine! 💚🌍💙


Change your search engine to Ecosia! It takes less than 5 minutes and it will make feel GOOD!
"Ecosia is like any other search engine, with one major difference: we use our profits to plant trees. We plant trees where they’re needed most. Our trees benefit people, the environment and local economies."

#FridaysForFuture: April 5th 2019

🌍💚💙 Today’s action is to write to your MP and /or local councillors 🌎💙💚

Has your MP signed Caroline Lucas' Early Day Motion to declare a UK-Wide Climate Emergency? Look here to find out: https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/52682/ukwide-climate-emergency

ONLY 56 MPs have signed so far. If your MP is not listed please take 10 minutes this week to mail them and ask them why not. You can use this website to find contact details for your national and local politicians: https://www.writetothem.com/

#FridaysForFuture: March 29th 2019

💚🌎💙 Today's action is to become a signed up Earth Protector 🌍💙💚

Mission LifeForce is a huge, uplifting, ambitious project, by the inspirational Polly Higgins, to make the deliberate destruction of our planet and it's ecosystems a crime punishable by law. Quite simply, #MissionLifeforce will make ecocide illegal.

Make a donation to become a registered supporter. Ask 10 of your friends to also sign up. Share it on!

More information here: ‘The destruction of the Earth is a crime. It should be prosecuted’- George Monbiot