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Bio' fuels no answer to globe warming, Friends of Earth tell Euro MPs

PUBLISHED: 20:25 14 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:32 05 October 2010

Arcola players reherse Friends of Earth's message on Regent's Canal

Arcola players reherse Friends of Earth's message on Regent's Canal

ENVIRONMENT campaigners from Friends of the Earth are turning to street theatre in East London in their battle with the European Parliament over bio-fuels they say will damage the world's rain forests. They have teamed up with the Arcola Theatre to use street drama for their summer of action' with a touring play during August and September in a street near you.' The troupe of actors turn up Friday lunchtime (August 15) at West India Quays in Canary Wharf to entertain and maybe inspire office workers in the bustling business district

ENVIRONMENT campaigners from Friends of the Earth are turning to street theatre in East London in their battle with the European Parliament over bio-fuels they say will damage the world's rain forests.

They have teamed up with East London's Arcola Theatre to use street drama for their 'summer of action' with a touring play during August and September 'in a street near you.'

The troupe of actors turn up Friday lunchtime (August 15) at West India Quays in Canary Wharf to entertain and maybe inspire office workers in the bustling business district.

Other locations around London in the coming weeks include Camden Lock, Leicester Square and Victoria Embankment Gardens.

Biofuels, they say, are destroying the rainforest and driving up food prices.

So they have created a short, modern twist on the medieval 'morality' play being performed in outdoor locations, Act Now! Don't Be Bio-fooled, which shows biofuels are "a false solution to climate change."

The story is told through three characters in the climate change debate, 'Mr Politic' who looks for a quick fix, 'Mr Business' who wants to make a quick buck and 'Mr Farmer' who pays the price for their misguided actions.

Friends of the Earth is hoping to pile the pressure on Euro-MPs to drop biofuel targets before the European Parliament votes on the EU Renewables Directive in October and opt instead for 'smarter' transport options.

Their argument is online:

www.foe.co.uk

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