Reading Friends of the Earth

Our Latest Newsletter withnews of recent activities is available on this link. Other recent newsletters are available from this page.

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Reading FoE Meetings: We usually meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.. Either on Zoom, in a bar in Reading, or in Room 1 upstairs at RISC, 35-39 London Street, to which access is via side passage from the front to the back of the building. Most meetings discuss plans and general topics, some have a particular focus or guest speakers. Meetings are open to all. We have recently gone to 'hybrid' meetings - in person and on Zoom - so if you would like a Zoom link please contact us.

We continue to monitor Covid risks, regulations, and guidance. Meetings may be cancelled or go on-line-only at short notice due to Covid or availability of group officers. We suggest you check this website on the day for changes of plan - or phone or e-mail for confirmation (contacts in Newsletter).

Wednesday July 10th: 7:30 pm. Will meet in person at RISC and on Zoom. Certainly discuss how to react to election results. Probably also consider involvement in the Reading Climate Strategy Revision process and discuss future activities. See newsletter.

Wednesday August 14th: Probably 7:30 pm. Expect to be in person. Hope to start with an outdoor walk to look at wildlife and/or proposed development sites (subject to weather) then retiring to a pub. Will decide details in July. Check websites and Facebook if not updated by e-mail.


Reading For Warm Homes

Petition now closed - 198 signatures collected and e-mail sent to parliamentary candidates in all three constituencies in the Reading area. Two replies received - one Green (Reading West and Mid Berkshire) and one Labour (Earley and Woodley).

National FoE are continuing to support the 'United for Warm Homes' campaign for short-term and longer-term solutions to high energy prices, inefficient homes and fossil-fuel powered heating so there will be more for us to do on this.


Our Links Page with Links to other groups and web-pages and carbon footprint and air quality calculators is at

Our Admin page with privacy policy, constitution, 'Charter' agreement with national FoE etc. is available on this link.

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Greater Reading Environmental Network (GREN) website is


Reading's Transport Strategy Revision

Revision of strategy to 2040 has now been approved by the Council.

A note from Reading FoE was sent to the SEPT committee in February 2019 calling for the consultation on the Transport Plan to include simulations of different scenarios to show how the proposals would address climate change, air quality and congestion. This note is on this link.

However the adopted strategy - while including many good visions and policies - does not include this level of analysis and indicates expected CO2 emissions from transport to be only half of the present level. See more detail in our July newsletter.


Clean Air Everywhere - In Reading.

Our "Clean Air Everywhere - In Reading" petition was presented to the Council on November 22nd 2017 at the SEPT Committee Meeting by Enrico Petrucco. By the meeting we had accrued over 400 signatures - around 250 on paper and 150 on-line. Thanks to everyone who signed, helped to collect signatures, and came to support us at the meeting.

The Council responded that it would like to introduce a Low Emission Zone, but must await government funding.

Our Press Release about the presentation, with pictures and a link to the video coverage, is at Petition_Presentation_to_Cllrs_PR.

The speaker's notes for the presentation are at SEPT Presentation notes.

Following government intervention, seeking conformance with EU legal requirements, in October 2018 the Council has said it will be funded to upgrade its buses to Euro VI standard and expects to comply with EU standards for NO2 by end 2021.

In November 2018 we asked a Question at the SEPT Committee - reminding the Council of our petition and asking about PM2.5. The Council said that it estimated that in one location PM2.5 concentration was about 60% above WHO guidelines, and that it would publish a revised draft Local Transport Plan in 2019. See our January 2019 newsletter

In November 2019 we asked a Question at the SEPT Committee - reminding the Council of our petition and asking about health impacts of PM2.5. The Council said that it estimated that in 2016 particulates had contributed to 63 deaths in Reading, and that it would review its Air Quality Action Plan in 2020. See SEPT Papers

Local Air Quality exceeding WHO guidelines was the subject of our Questions to Strategic Environment Planning and Transport Committee on 16th November 2021. For details see our Press Release.

By June 2024 there has been no progress on LEZ and NO2 is still above UK legal limit in 2023 in at least one location and neither UK nor Council has adopted latest WHO guidanc on NO2 and PM2.5 concentrations. But it was good to learn PM2.5 monitoring is to be increased in Reading. See our July newsletter.


Reading Climate Festival 2023 ran from 10th to 21st June. We gave an on-line presentation on our Reading for Warm Homes campaign.


Reading Climate Festival 2022 ran from 24th September to 2nd October 2022. Once again good on-line events and some in-person events. See everything on this link.Unfortunately recordings are not yet available.

Two Reading FoE supporters took part in a webinar on energy saving in the home.


Reading Climate Festival 2021 ran from 20th to 26th September 2021 with lots of informative on-line events and some in-person events.

Reading FoE sponsored two events - links to recordings now available.

Tuesday 21st September at 16:00 - Dr Eugene Mohareb UoR -

  • How Cities Can Help Shrink the Carbon Footprint of Food? Video recording on-line at
  • Friday 24th November 18:30 - Dr Phil Coker UoR -

  • Should your next car be electric and will it melt the grid? Video recording on-line at
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    Reading's Climate Emergency Declaration was in February 2019

    Reading Borough Council celebrated the second anniversary of its Climate Emergency Declaration on 26th February 2021. Reading Chronicle took up our Press Release with inputs from other groups to produce this report.


    Reading Climate Festival 2020 ran from 9th to 15th November with lots of informative on-line events.

    Reading FoE sponsored two events - links to slides are below.

    Why Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage is Essential to Net Zero. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage is essential to preventing catastrophic climate change and predicts it providing 9% of emissions reductions required for Net Zero by 2050.
    Local expert Suzie Ferguson presented the fundamentals of the technology and why it is needed and described active programmes in UK.

    Local Transport: Climate Change, Clean Air, and Congestion. A review of Readings emerging fourth Local Transport Strategy with reference to Transport for the South East's Strategy, and the governments Transport Decarbonisation Plan.
    Are there environmental limits to traffic growth? How can we make the polluters pay? John Booth for Reading Friends of the Earth.


    Our Campaign against M4 Widening web-page is After the Public Examination in 2016 the government gave permission for this to go ahead. Official projections to the Examination were that traffic would rise resulting in slower journeys and more CO2 emissions.

    New concerns over safety of 'All Lane Running' have arisen after some nasty accidents on other 'Smart Motorways' - see March-April 2021 newsletter for more details. Our local section - J8/9 to J12 - is now open. This was expected in 'spring 2021' but was postponed until 'Stopped Vehicle Detection' had been implemented.

    A presentation dating from 2016 giving a summary of impacts on safety, climate change, congestion, air quality and noise is at Impacts of Smart M4.


    Recycling at Home

    Reading's recycling is done by re3. The first stop for local guidance is


    Green Jobs Flashmob

    We had good local press coverage for our Flashmob for Green Jobs on Saturday 13th October 2012 - many thanks to everyone who braved the rain and especially to the Greenpeace Polar Bear who really helped to get attention from press and public! Doug's great video - with sound-track from Seize the Day - can be seen on this link.

    Here is a still (Photo: Anne Booth) of the bear calmly putting the case against the Chancellor's proposals to continue to burn unabated gas until 2030 and to give tax breaks to 'fracking' for natural gas extraction.