Our 40th Anniversary
In 2018, we look back on 40 years of campaigning and celebrate our hard-earned victories with both longstanding and new supporters.
1978 saw a number of significant happenings. The oil tanker Amoco Cadiz was wrecked off Brittany, Pluto’s moon Charon was discovered and the Space Invaders arcade game was launched. As well as these excitements, FoE Scotland came into being, separating from FoE UK, which had existed since 1970.
Over the last four decades staff, volunteers, local groups and activists have campaigned doggedly and creatively on a vast range of issues starting with protecting otters all the way to last year’s massive victory in getting fracking banned.
Other big successes have included stopping the Harris superquarry, fighting off the proposal for a coal-fired power station in Ayrshire, getting tough targets in the 2009 Climate Act, the forthcoming Low Emission Zones in Scottish cities and changing the law so communities have more rights to go to court.
Campaigns over the years have included air pollution, packaging, acid rain, bathing water quality, the M77 and Aberdeen Bypass, tropical timber, recycling, toxic chemicals in your home, and renewable energy, as well as our work on the climate-trashing policies of RBS.
We pioneered the concept of environmental justice in Scotland and opposed GM crops. We also helped introduce 20mph zones, shaped Scotland’s Freedom of Information legislation and trialled energy efficiency information for house buyers – now a legal requirement.
Mairi MacArthur – one of the founding members of Friends of the Earth Scotland and the first Chair of Friends of the Earth International – reflects on her time with us 40 years ago. Read her piece.
We also gathered members old and new for a celebration of our anniversary in June. Read about that day and the contributions people made.