Birmingham Friends of the Earth
‘It’s important to us that people have the knowledge and skills that they need to secure a clean and sustainable city.’
Birmingham Friends of the Earth was set up in 1973 by local people who wanted to work towards a better, cleaner and fairer environment in and around the city of Birmingham.
What is Birmingham Friends of the Earth?
Birmingham Friends of the Earth works towards their vision of a better, cleaner and fairer local environment by educating as many people as they can. This ranges from primary school children right up to decision makers in Birmingham City Council. They deliver school workshops, producing lesson plans and teacher packs, and demonstrate at local events, as well as hosting student work placements and mentoring volunteers and producing research reports.
The organisation have found that there is a lack of understanding amongst the general public around environmental issues, with limited opportunities for people to develop skills and influence change in their local area. There is no shortage of people in Birmingham who care about making a difference but there are limited resources available to support and nurture activists. This means that there is a real opportunity to increase the understanding of existing volunteers and to develop relationships with more diverse groups to enable a stronger, more representative voice speaking out about environmental issues.
Anyone is welcome to attend Birmingham Friends of the Earth’s action meetings to learn about local environmental issues and contribute to projects and campaigns, enabling them to make positive change on an issue that matters to them.
If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?
Birmingham Friends of the Earth understands that there is strength in diversity and want to reach the marginalised communities of Birmingham to ensure their voices are also heard.
Building on the work that they already do, Birmingham Friends of the Earth will use the funding from LoveBrum to employ someone to develop their outreach strategy by building relationships with community groups, as well as developing accessible resources that will enable them to engage more people from diverse backgrounds and expand their reach.
Where can people go to find out more about Birmingham Friends of the Earth?
Molly Luke, Volunteer Campaign Coordinator
Tel: 0121 632 6909