Job Alert: 3 campaigning jobs at Friends of the Earth

Campaigner (x3)

£32,630 – £37,365 per annum, pro-rata (inc. London weighting if applicable)
Flexible (with regular travel to London office)
Hours/days per week:
35 per week / Mon-Fri
Fixed Term Contract (Various lengths)
Closing date:
23:59 on Sunday 25 March 2018
Interview date:
Week commencing 3 April 2018


Extraordinary campaigners wanted to protect people and the planet.

We’re looking for several experienced Campaigners to join our team to deliver world-changing campaigns for a just world where people and nature thrive.

As a Campaigner with us you will join one of our hard-hitting teams, working with others to develop and deliver campaign strategies and plans that will deliver real-world change, from stopping fracking and securing the end of coal, to ending the use of bee-harming pesticides, ensuring that Brexit does not rip up environmental protections or stopping the public from breathing in diesel fumes.

We are currently recruiting for three positions with unique needs:

As our Fossil Free campaigner (9 months FTC), you’ll build campaigns in regional areas, identifying key campaign opportunities, skilling up activists, holding rallies and community meetings.

As our Brexit campaigner (9 months FTC), you’ll lead on funded work at a European level as well as providing monitoring and reporting. You’ll also develop relationships across the Friends of the Earth Europe network, providing support to colleagues in influencing their national governments and other key stakeholders

Working with EU governments and stakeholders you’ll ensure environmental protections are not weakened post-Brexit, supporting the delivery of the wider Brexit campaign strategy at the UK level.

Plastics campaigner (1 year FTC)

You’ll work with a range of stakeholders to reduce plastic use in innovative and impactful ways.

For each of these roles, we’re looking for an individual who can demonstrate strategic thinking in developing and delivering campaign strategies – analyzing the situation to identify not just what sort of pressure for change is needed, but precisely where and when it should be applied to achieve our campaign goal. With an understanding of politics and power in the broadest sense, including but not limited to understanding the UK Parliament and using the law to campaign, you’ll be experienced in working with and building coalitions, and be able to engage a broad range of audiences, from existing supporters, to young people, and groups currently under-represented in the environment movement.

Role specific responsibilities

For the Brexit role, you’ll need:

  • Experience of working at an EU level (or across several member states) within the European Parliament/Council/Commission, and with civil society and political processes
  • An understanding of EU processes and stakeholders, and of routes to influence the Council and Commission, as well as the Parliament
  • A good understanding of EU law, particularly pertaining to the environment, and its application in the UK
  • To understand trade policy and have experience in communicating and campaigning on trade related issues

For the Fossil Free role, it would be desirable to have:

  • A good understanding of fossil fuels and why they are a threat to climate and people
  • An understanding of the fossil free and anti-fracking movement
  • Experience of developing relationships and actions, and cultivating leadership with a wide range of stakeholders

For the Plastics role, it would be desirable to have:

  • Experience working on plastic pollution including working with corporate sector and politicians to reduce plastics use.

In return, we offer a competitive range of benefits, a good work/life balance, excellent learning and development opportunities and a vibrant and friendly organisational culture.

To apply, download our job description and complete our application form telling us how you meet the essential criteria stated in the person specification and press the apply button below.

Diversity and equal opportunities:

Friends of the Earth is an equal opportunities employer and we are especially keen to encourage applications from people currently under-represented in the environment movement including: black and minority ethnic people; disabled people; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people; and woman in senior positions. Do contact us as we really do want you to see how you can become part of the Friends of the Earth team.

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Carbon Coop Home Energy Training, Spring 2018 #Manchester

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Leaked copy of Andy Burnham’s speech to his Green Summit next week!! #Manchester #Climate


“You’re not getting me to read that out.  It’d cause a riot.”

One of MCFly’s many admirers within the Manchester/Greater Manchester climate bureaucracy has sent us an advance copy of the Mayor’s speech, urging us to publish it as part of a cunning marketing strategy….

And if you believe that, I have a bridge in Sydney I am willing to sell you. Cash only.

No, this little beauty below fell through a wormhole from a parallel universe where humans decided not to waste their timey-wimey on more bullshit, but actually take the climate change problem they’ve known about for half a century seriously




(The MC does the usual sycophantic pleasantries and fluffing.  Then the man himself, the Right Honourable Andy Burnham takes to the lectern.  He smiles for the camera(s) and looks out at the audience.)

Andy: First I want to ask you a simple question.  Stick up your hand if at some point in your life you have heard a long boring speech by an elected official, full of sound and fury and signifying nowt?

(All hands go up, except for one bilateral upper limb amputee, who nods so hard his head almost falls off).

Andy: Great.  Because that was actually a vote taken on false premises – a bit like that June 2016 one.  What you just did was vote, about how long – and blunt – my speech should be. If more hands had stayed down than went up, I’d have given you the whole “motherhood and apple pie thing”, with cheesy anecdotes, the tag line about believing in the power of people and some more guff about ‘the first industrial revolution began in Manchester blah de blah.”

But despite the summit organisers’ best efforts to weed out malcontents, you’re still clearly a clued-up audience.

So instead, you’re gonna get something much shorter, much more uncomfortable, hopefully for all of us. And much more productive. Because if there is one thing you should take away from this it’s that the normal way of doing policy creation and implementation is not going to get us out of this mess, and that we all have to behave very differently from now on.

Okay that’s two things. But you get the point.

And though, to channel my inner Gordon Brown “I agree with Marc” when he says have a LOT to learn from the past ten years of failure in tackling climate change in Manchester, and that failure to learn the lessons of the past probably condemns us to repeating them, I am going to put that to one side for today at least.  Today I am going to keep this future-focussed, and as positive as I can make it.

But do not confuse positive with “hopey-ness.”  Because there is such a thing as false hope, there such a thing as cruel optimism.   These are a short-term drug, and lead to disappointment and demotivation.

So this is not a speech about hope. Because, anyway, thanks to the inaction over the last thirty years, there is very little hope to be had.

We need something different anyway. We need something far more difficult than hope. We need, as Kate Marvel, a climate scientist recently said, not hope, but courage.

Okay.  But does courage look like?  What does it MEAN, in concrete,  in practice, in Manchester, in the coming months and years?  That’s what I want to talk about now.  I want to address my fellow politicians and the bureaucrats who feed on them.  Sorry, feed them ideas.  I want to address business, and I want to address the young, the academics and the activists.

First, to my fellow politicians and bureaucrats

Courage means abandoning our training, and our instincts for self-preservation.  We have been trained, we have been rewarded when we spin we prevaricate, we equivocate.   We have been trained to attack anyone weaker than us who dares criticise us.   Some of us are very good at that one.

But all this creates and amplifies the cynicism, the distrust, the refusal to engage on the part of so many people and organisations  whose energy and ideas are desperately needed. We need citizens to be citizens, and yet we treat them like mushrooms – to be kept in the dark and fed on bullshit.

So courage means being honest about the gaps between promises and delivery, and not simply blaming everything on central government.

It means being honest about the failures that have happened and will happen.

It means having advisory panels that aren’t just stacked with the obedient, the pliable, who will tell you what you want to hear in exchange for trivial amounts of funding.

To business

We need you to have the courage not just to innovate in not just your products, but your financial models, your processes and so much more.  We need you to help your customers and consumers reduce their carbon footprints. We need you to focus on the kinds of products that are long-lasting, give real value.  We need you to join with government in making sure that regulations are obeyed to their spirit and not just their letter, and that costs are not dumped on the broader public, other species and future generations.    Of course, that’s how a lot of you make your money, so I’m not holding out much hope. The only people who can really keep you honest – and strip you of your ‘social licence to operate’ when it needs to be – are civil society actors, up on their hind legs.  And so that’s who I turn to now.

And now to “civil society.” That’s a vast category, so I will focus only on three groups today: the young, academics and environmental pressure groups.

To the young

Someone once said “never trust anyone over 30”. They were right.  We have failed you. We have known about the climate problem since 1988. And we have failed to take real action. We’ve made some nice sounding promises, but when the going got tough, we kicked the can down the road, we kicked it into the too hard basket and we let ourselves believe that some LED lighting and a couple of solar panels would do the trick.  Do not trust us. Hold us to account. Remember the promises we make to you. Demand that they are specific, measurable, that we can’t weasel out.  This wretched stupid ‘charter’ would be a good place to start.
Then, do the hard work of scrutinising us, of monitoring us. Don’t let us fob you off. And we will try. It’s in our DNA.

One piece of advice and one warning.

The advice: As angry as you get at our lies and our evasions, try to stay polite, for the simple reason that it makes it that much harder for we politicians and bureaucrat to dismiss you.

The warning:  what I am describing is much much harder than going on the occasional march, signing an online petition. It is time consuming and emotionally exhausting. Your lords and masters will ignore you, fob you off, smear you, demonise you.

Therefore this has to be done in groups, in teams. Do it alone, and you will burn out, and serve as a warning to other would-be activists.  Do it together.

To  academics

Somebody, I forget who, said it was the role of intellectuals to expose lies and tell the truth.  Well, not all intellectuals are academics, and it is certainly the case that not all academics are intellectuals.  But I digress. I want you to do three things.

First, if you are being pressured by your university and/or a local authority into going quiet on important research that is politically embarrassing, come straight to me.  Tell me what has happened. I will work with you to keep the flow of actual data – even if , no, ESPECIALLY if – someone has tried to water it down, to bully you. That’s courage, and I intend to display it, and support you.

Secondly, for every seminar you hold among yourselves, for every policy briefing you give to elite actors, please give AT LEAST one, preferably more, to trades unions, community groups, church groups.  Make youtube videos about your research, and why it matters to your ultimate funders – the taxpayer.

Thirdly,  you have to write in plain English, and SPEAK in English. Not everyone has a PhD, not everyone is confident with jargon and endless sentences hedged with conditionalities and whatifferies.  If we politicians and bureaucrats have to escape our training, so do you. That’s courage.

Finally to the campaigning groups

I am sorry to be blunt, but for god’s sake, grow a spine.  The last thing this city needs is more fig leafs, more softly softly approaches.  You’ve been trying that for ten years, and what has it got you? Be honest and let the cards fall where they may.  Don’t collude and provide cover for awful anti-democratic process and pure waffle, as you have done.

And for god’s sake, sort out your meetings. They’re so boring and cliquy that thousands of people who want to be involved are repelled and never get involved.  That’s been going on for decades. Show the courage to innovate as much as you demand government and business innovate.

And don’t expect your political or business masters –  including me – to do anything meaningful about Manchester Airport’s expansion plans. I mean, seriously.

Too many of you make too little noise.  I know that under David Cameron a truly appalling piece of anti-democratic legislation, the 2014 Lobbying Act made it more difficult for you to speak out at elections. I am certain that when – not if – we get a Corbyn government, one of the first things that will happen is the repeal of that despicable act.  Jeremy has promised this.

I am almost done.  I will show the courage – though a cynic would call it cowardice –  to lower your expectations of me and of the Labour Party.

Firstly, I am human.  I get tired. I get confused. I get scared, especially when I think about the future of a climate changed world.   Actually, I get terrified.

Secondly, I am not Mayor of Greater Manchester in the same way my brilliant colleague Sadiq Khan is Mayor of London.  I do not have his budget, I do not have his legislative power. I have ‘soft power’, which I will wield as best I can. I can lead – that is what you pay me for after all, why you elected me – but I have much less power to actually REGULATE anything, or FUND anything, than I want or you want.

Finally, don’t wait for Saint Jeremy to save us all.  I will work as hard as I possibly can for a Labour victory at the next General Election, which cannot come soon enough.  But a Labour government in power will face huge opposition from small and large c conservative interests, in the British state, in the security state, in business and civil society.  And the Labour Party in power will be, as any government, a rat’s nest of competing factions.  And for many of those factions, climate change will not be priority one, for all the fine words.

So a Labour government is one small necessary step. What we require now and forever, is courage. Courage to challenge our elected leaders and our unelected ones. Courage to innovate,  admit failure and learn from it, learn to do it better next time.

And finally, this . Some of you know that I came – late, but I came – to support the incredibly brave people who fought for justice for the 96 who died needlessly at Hillsborough.  They faced years – actually, two decades – of being fobbed off, lied to, smeared, told justice had been done, justice was impossible.  They did not quit. They acted with unbelievable determination, unbelievable courage. That word again. If we want to achieve ANYTHING on climate change, beyond the usual bullshit, we need that determination, that courage.  So, most of all, this:

Be honest and display courage. Courage is contagious. It is the only hope we have.

Anyone lucky enough to have been selected (and srsly, what were the criteria?) to attend this wonderful wonderful summit, could possibly print this off and give him it to read out… Strictly for the lulz, as the young people say…

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11 questions about the Mayor’s Green Summit, from a reject… @AndyBurnhamGM

Dear Mayor Burnham,

The wait is finally over! I’ve been on tenterhooks for weeks about whether I’d get a ticket for the Mayor’s Green Summit on 21 March.  I am – and I am sure you sympathise – gutted not to not have received a place.  As the only person to have been reporting and blogging about Manchester’s climate policy since 2008, you’ll understand I am a bit confused. Anyway

I’ve got a few questions (it’s a tic of mine).  Actually, when I say “a few” I mean, well, eleven.

First  a- and other people who have not got tickets are asking the same question – what were your selection criteria?  What was the process?  There are people who know a LOT about the issues who are not on you golden ticket list.   People who would ask all sorts of experience-based questions about what progress has and hasn’t been made in the last few years.

In your letter to those who were selected you warn

“this invitation is non-transferable without prior agreement as we are attempting to achieve a balanced audience from different sectors. Entrance will be upon production of proof of identity only.”  (Emphasis in the original).

Second I am not quite sure how that works.  If, for example, who was the same gender and race and ‘sector’ (whatever that means) was willing to transfer their ticket to someone meeting those criteria, then wouldn’t “balance” be maintained?  Or is there actually a list of ‘awkward squad’ people you want to exclude?

Third In any case, who do people who want to get that “prior agreement” to transfer their invite speak to?  By when? What criteria are used to allow this.

Meanwhile in your letter to us rejects, you mentioned

“Your name will be kept on a waiting list and we will inform you if we are able to accommodate further places.”

Well, there are 600 people on that list it seems. So

Fourth: Can you please let me know WHERE I am on it?

Fifth Can you also confirm that if I turn up on the day in the expectation that a number of people won’t be coming, that I won’t be actively excluded?

In a presentation in January Mark Atherton explained that the venue capacity is 800, but that catering was only available for 400. So,

Six: Could you explain why, given the interest in the event, you didn’t simply create two categories,  “catered” and “uncatered”?  That would have enabled heaps of people who are perfectly capable of packing their own sandwiches to attend.  Or is there some issue about not trusting people to honour such an agreement?

The rest of my questions are about the ‘listening events’, which  seem not to have happened particularly early in the process (though I did go to one in December last year). Despite six months’notice, some are happening only three weeks before the summit itself, and AFTER registrations for the summit have closed (not quite sure how that works – people come along to those events, are told that the Summit registration process is already closed). Almost as if these listening events are an afterthought. Massive apologies if that seems unduly critical.

Seven:   all of the ten boroughs covered? Manchester has been, obvs. And Salford, Tameside, Trafford have single events which are all happening on Monday 26 February, a scant three weeks before the event itself

Eight: How many of the listening events were specifically designed with BME communities in mind?

Nine: How many of the listening events were specifically designed with young people in mind?

Ten: How many of the listening events were specifically designed with ‘hard to reach’ communities in mind (the illiterate, the poor, those with limited English language skills)? What OTHER means (besides filling in an online survey, which requires literacy, internet connection etc) were made?

Eleven: If you’ll forgive me quoting myself

I’d also like to know what specifically the social media strategy was – twitter, facebook, youtube.

I’d also like to know what the mainstream media strategy was.  Was a press release sent out, were individual journalists at the BBC and Manchester Evening News contacted?  Did stories in fact appear – if so, when?


Very best wishes and looking so forward so very much to the radical, transformative speeches and powerpoints at the Summit, and the charter which will tackle head on the question of endless economic growth on a finite planet, the meaninglessness of the term ‘zero-carbon’,  and the Airport’s emissions for 1001 ft upwards.

Yours sincerely

Marc Hudson

PS The above is a slightly modified version of a letter I put up online almost two weeks ago.


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Mayor’s Green Summit – some golden ticket winners

They’ve known they were going to be putting on a summit for a year. They were supposed to do it late last year, but didn’t.  Now, a mere three weeks before the Big Day, some people have been told that they are privileged enough to have a ticket for the March 21 ‘Mayor’s Green Summit.

A MCFly reader has forwarded the letter (a portion of which is below).

Intrigued because no ‘you’re not coming’ letter had been received at MCFly towers, MCFly spoke to two other people who had applied and who are not – presumably – on the shit list.  And they hadn’t heard either.  One now can’t go anyway – this is what happens when busy people whose calendars fill up are not told one way or the other in good time.

Amusingly, the invites are non transferable, because they want a good mix of people. Like the incredibly white event in December 2016, “organised”by that incompetent joke known as the Steering Group.

Anyway,  once MCFly gets a yes or no (and it’s probably a no), an email full of questions about the process will be sent on to the organisers. And then, of course, ignored.

greenvomit letter

Further predictions will be made (some anonymously). But for now, this –

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Pls tweet @AndyBurnhamGM abt his “Green” summit and ticketing

As part of his election manifesto in 2017 Andy Burnham promised a ‘Green Summit’.  It was pencilled in for late 2017, then pushed back to March 21 2018.  There was a “registration of interest” process, but the selection critera for who would get a Golden Ticket remain opaque.
Meanwhile though – this.  The conference is taking place on a Wednesday.  And three weeks and a day away from that date which will doubtless be a turning point in human history, people STILL don’t know if they have a ticket.  Some people, who aren’t retired or students, have to book annual leave, childcare or the like.

It is frankly symptomatic of the incompetence (and disdain in which the public is held) that we STILL don’t know who can come.  They have had a year to sort out an open and timely process that meets the needs of ordinary people. And they haven’t done it (are incapable? Indifferent?)

So anyway, I’ve tweeted this.  Feel free to join in if you like

Hello . People still don’t know whether they have tickets to yr “Green” Summit, on a work day, 3 weeks hence. Some need to book annual leave, arrange childcare etc. Are you happy with this level of consideration?

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Important! Major new advice from #climate scientists

From The Onion, the best source of climate info. h/t sam.

Sighing, Resigned Climate Scientists Say To Just Enjoy Next 20 Years As Much As You Can

GENEVA—Attending a conference to discuss alarming new data on rising sea levels, a weary group of top climatologists suddenly halted their presentation Friday, let out a long sigh, and stated that the best thing anyone can do at this point is just try to enjoy the next couple decades as much as possible. “You know what, guys? Just go out there and have a good time—don’t worry about any of this,” said climate scientist Annalisa Feldt who tore in half the report she had compiled and suggested everyone consider traveling to a place they’ve never been before, or taking up a pastime they’ve always imagined might be fun. “Go see a show. Join an intramural sports league. Learn a musical instrument. Have more sex. Try skiing, if you never have, although that’s one you’d better do within the next five years or so.” Reiterating the need for people to live it up while they still can, the climatologists announced that if anyone was interested in joining them, they would be skipping the remainder of the conference to get completely shit-faced at the nearest bar.


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