West Yorkshire transport schemes could INCREASE carbon emissions, says new report

The much-awaited independent West Yorkshire Combined Authority Carbon Impact Assessment report, undertaken for WYCA, has just been released to the public and is due to be considered by the WYCA committee this Friday 22 July. The report has found that the WYCA transport capital schemes could actually increase carbon emissions and that ‘current investment programmes contribute little to tackling the climate […]

Calls for WY Mayor to accelerate action on climate change

For release: 27/06/22 On the 3-year anniversary of the ‘Climate Emergency’ Declaration by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), campaigners ask for progress update on climate goals Environmental campaigners representing Friends of the Earth groups from across West Yorkshire, have marked the 3rd year anniversary of WYCA’s Climate Emergency Declaration by calling on WYCA and Tracy Brabin, the […]

Kirklees Local Elections 2022

Huddersfield Friends of the Earth has just launched a Climate Action Pledge for local election candidates to sign to help raise climate and environmental issues up the agenda of the forthcoming Kirklees local elections in May 2022. The campaign group is asking candidates in the Kirklees council elections to sign up to the following pledge: […]

3 year anniversary of Kirklees ‘Climate Emergency’ declaration

Climate Emergency UK and Huddersfield Friends of the Earth assess progress made since 2019 This month (January 2022) has seen the 3rd anniversary of Kirklees’ declaration of ‘Climate Emergency’ in 2019. Kirklees Council, like all others across West Yorkshire agreed to achieve ‘Net Zero’ carbon dioxide emissions by 2038. Climate Emergency UK has just published […]

Kirklees’ road expansion schemes: Our key objections

The A629 road-widening scheme is currently being considered by Kirklees Planning Department . Please sign our petition: Call for a moratorium on new road widening/ building schemes in Kirklees General objections 1.      More roads = more traffic = more carbon emissions If you build more roads, you will get more traffic, a phenomenon […]

Getting climate and environment on the agenda in the Kirklees local elections

The Huddersfield Friends of the Earth group has been working hard to raise climate and environmental issues up the agenda of the forthcoming Kirklees local elections on 6 May. The group has held an online Zoom hustings with representatives from the four main political parties and has also run a candidate survey asking candidates their […]

In Kirklees, 6068 green jobs could replace jobs lost to Covid in just two years

Today campaigners from across Kirklees formed a jobs queue outside Huddersfield Job Centre. The campaigners, who included people who had been made unemployed during COVID, were dressed as workers in a range of possible green jobs from carers and NHS staff to gardeners, green builders and electric bus mechanics and were holding signs saying ‘Green […]

Kirklees local elections 2021: Where do candidates stand on the climate and ecological crises?

Online hustings organised by Huddersfield Friends of the Earth THIS Thursday 22 April at 7pm Huddersfield Friends of the Earth is organising a hustings and candidate survey ahead of the Kirklees local elections 2021. The online hustings/ debate will be held on Thursday 22 April at 7pm and offer a chance to hear local politicians […]

Groups question public money committed to Leeds Bradford airport expansion

Clarification sought on extent of public money proposed to be spent on new surface access schemes required by Leeds Bradford Airport expansion. Concern that West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) financial support is being given to a project that undermines WYCA’s own Climate Emergency response. A coalition of climate and social justice campaigners from across West […]

Disappointment at Kirklees Council’s silence on climate impact of Leeds Bradford Airport expansion plans

Huddersfield Friends of the Earth (FoE) has criticised Kirklees Council for its failure to take a stand against plans to expand Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA). The campaigners say they are ‘deeply disappointed’ by the council’s response to their call for a public statement, contrasting it with the public opposition to the plans that Wakefield Council […]