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Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland (also known as FoE EWNI) is one of 75 national groups around the world which make up the Friends of the Earth network of environmental organisations. It is usually referred to as 'Friends of the Earth' within its home countries.

Friends of the Earth
England, Wales and Northern Ireland
FounderGraham Searle
Founded atEngland
Legal statusTrust / Limited Company
Headquarters1st Floor
The Printworks
139 Clapham Road
Chief Executive
Craig Bennett
Parent organization
Friends of the Earth


A sticker used as part of the Schweppes campaign

Friends of the Earth was founded in England in 1971, two years after the group was first founded in San Francisco in 1969.[1] Its first leader was Graham Searle, a former vice president of the National Union of Students. One of the first campaigns was to dump 1,500 glass bottles in front of the HQ of soft drinks giant Schweppes in Connaught House, London in protest at the company's policy of having non-returnable bottles. The group had eight local branches in 1971. By 1976 there were 140, and by 1980 it had 250 and 17,000 registered supporters.[2] Between 1984 and 1993 its director was Jonathan Porritt a former teacher and chairman of the Ecology party.[3] Porritt left in 1993, by which time its membership hit 226,000.[3] The next executive director was Charles Secrett who held the position till 2003.[4] Between 2003 and 2008, FoE EWNI's executive director was Tony Juniper. Since 2015 Craig Bennett has been Chief Executive.[5]

Structure and fundingEdit

FoE EWNI has a dual structure, comprising a trust, which is a registered charity,[6] and a limited company, which carries out political campaigning – something a charity is forbidden to do under UK rules. FoE gets 96% of its funding from individuals.[citation needed]

Total income for Friends of the Earth Ltd. for the year ending May 2010 was £2,978,015 while total expenditure was £3,039,618, making a deficit of £61,603.[7][excessive detail?]


  1. ^ "When was Friends of the Earth founded?". Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  2. ^ p212-213 State of Emergency The Way We Were: Britain 1970-1974 by Dominic Sandbrook 2011 Penguin Books
  3. ^ a b "Profile: Jonathon Porritt". BBC News. April 2004. Retrieved 2 June 2011.
  4. ^ Charles Secrett Archived 7 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine, Oxford Climate Forum
  5. ^ Sharman, Alice (29 April 2015). "Craig Bennett appointed Friends of the Earth CEO".
  6. ^ Charity Commission. Friends of the Earth Trust Limited, registered charity no. 281681.
  7. ^ Counsell, Simon; Bernie, Watson; Parsons, Clive (18 March 2011). "Report and accounts for the year ended 31 May 2010". London: Companies House. pp. 10 (original document numbering) or 12 (PDF numbering). Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 April 2019. Retrieved 26 April 2019.

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