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Tony JuniperHere in the London Borough of Bromley, de facto capital of the People’s Republic of Suburbia, the environmental bush telegraph is throbbing. Change Alley has received a personal invitation from the local branch of Friends of the Earth (FoE), printed on “rescued, redundant office letterhead paper”.

Tony Juniper, retiring Executive Director of FoE, is coming to Bromley on Tuesday May 6th. The local group is understandably quite proud of this coup, and is keen to get bums on seats.

“We are very excited about this and are hoping that he will share with us some of the highs and lows of his eighteen years at Friends of the Earth and his assessment of the current state of the planet”

If anyone’s in the area and fancies a shot (not literally!) at one of the UK’s big league enviros, here are the details:

The time: May 6th, 7.30 p.m.

The place: Friends’ Meeting House, Ravensbourne Road, Bromley (5 minutes walk from Bromley South station) map

Contact details: let them know you’re coming by emailing At least, that’s the email on the invitation, it might well be

There’s quite an interesting valedictory article by Tony Juniper here. It may supply raw material for some probing questions if you’re short of ideas. Here’s a few suggestions off the top of my head:

Why do all environmental campaigns boil everything down to one issue: climate change?

What happened to all the other environmental solutions apart from reducing our ‘carbon footprint’ (which isn’t actually a ‘footprint’ at all)?

Why are FoE and the other ‘green’ NGOs so dogmatic and black-and-white about issues like nuclear power and GM technology?

Why, when policemen, teachers and politicians look younger every day, do FoE members look so old ? Where are the young activists going?

See you there.


Written by Pete Smith

April 17, 2008 at 1:52 pm

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