Join us

Why?

With growing climate change emissions, rising levels of traffic congestion and air pollution, the threat of nuclear power making a comeback, the increased risk of floods, life seems to be getting harder and more out of control. There are crazy developments proposed such as big biomass plants, importing trees from abroad to burn here for electricity. Government says it wants to be more sustainable, yet the reality is that economic growth is still the top priority. You can find out reliable facts about these problems through Friends of the Earth Scotland.

FoE Scotland skillshare at Pitlochry

FoE Scotland skillshare at Pitlochry

And you can make a difference. Why not start with trying to influence things in your own area?

By joining Friends of the Earth Tayside you can be active in transforming your own environment and making a difference locally. You can also campaign on important global issues such as climate change.

You can be involved in – joining in our meetings, taking part in campaigns and cyber-actions, advertising our public meetings and helping to raise local awareness of environmental issues, writing letters – to MPs, MSPs, MEPs, local councillors and the press, etc.   (See below to find out what our members like about the Group)

How?

For details of how to contact us or to become a member, see the “contact us” page. Or just come along to a meeting.

The annual membership subscription to the local group is from £5-£10.  You decide how much you give. This helps to cover our costs.

All members receive minutes and updates.

To be a member of the FoET committee you need to be a member of FoE Scotland as well. See Friends of the Earth Scotland website for subscription rates. But you can come along to a meeting, or take part in a campaign, before deciding if you want to join. We’d be happy to meet up informally to tell you more about the group, and answer your questions.

What do people like about their local group?  In response to a request from FoE Scotland, we discussed this at our meeting on 25 May 2011.  These were the responses:

I like being in a local group because…

  • I can take direct action on local matters such as the beach cleanup and tree planting
  • We get to know other people with feelings the same as our own
  • We build up friendships
  • People are more powerful when they work together on things that are important to them
  • I feel that people should express their views collectively on important issues such as the biomass plant, preparation of local plans, etc, even though these are challenging subjects
  • When we are working on difficult subjects, we can draw on different types of expertise and people’s availability within a group
  • With the last structure plan, we made a difference, taking part in the enquiry which led to a change in what it said about renewables
  • We have had enthusiastic leaders – Colin was full of ideas and energy when he started the group
  • I was persuaded when I went to the AGM and heard Doug speak about waste
  • Most people are involved in something else, so it enables us to forge links with other groups at the local level, and work together with them on local campaigns
  • We are proud of our achievements, such as the beach cleaning and organising the recent hustings in a short time, which were reasonably successful