We have have had problems with our last two meetings, which means that the last ‘coherent’ meeting was in March this year. The May meeting was totally disrupted due to noise in the room at the Old Sergeant and the July meeting was abandoned due to lack of attendees. Also, for some time now, attendance at meetings has been minimal and with group members having other commitments, there is not much capacity within the group to get things done. In honesty WFOE has become a bit of a talking shop, with little action resulting from the group discussions at meetings. I believe that FoE is a campaigning organisation and I conclude that more focus is required in our group. Continue reading
Wandsworth Friends of the Earth focus for 2018
At our first meeting in 2018,Wandsworth Friends of the Earth decided on a fresh start. Using an uncompleted version of the matrix above, we looked at the current eight campaigning topics promoted on the National Friends of the Earth website and compared these with types of activity that we might embark on as well as the goals of those activities. In discussion we decided to focus on three areas: “help nature”, “eat well” and “use less stuff”. We retain an interest in the “dirty energy” topic. We considered these focus areas to be the most appropriate for our location and capacities as well as one’s that other campaigning groups are giving less attention to. You can read more about our thought process in our January meeting note.
On May 25th we wrote to four candidates at each of our Wandsworth parliamentary constituencies. For Battersea, Putney and Tooting we wrote to the conservative, labour, liberal democrat and green party candidates. Our letter, of which you can read a typical example here FOE_Ellison02017-0524, poses questions about the environment both nationally and locally. Continue reading
A letter was sent personally addressed to three of the Tooting by-election candidates– Dr Rosena Allin-Khan (Labour), Dan Watkins (Conservative) and Esther Obiri-Darko (Green Party). So far we have received two replies (from Ms Obiri-Darko and from Dr Rosena Allin-Khan) and we publish them as well. We could not find suitable contact details for other candidates in time.
We questioned the candidates on their stance on the following issues:
Air Quality & Pollution
Third Runway at Heathrow
Green Space in our Borough
You can read our letter in full HERE together with the Green Party response
Due to difficulties with fixing a date for June, the next Wandsworth Friends of the Earth Group Meeting will be held on Wednesday July 20. Please make a note in your diary!
The next meeting of Wandsworth Friends of the Earth will take place at the Spread Eagle on Wednesday May 18 at 19:30 hours. All are welcome to come and join us.