Tell the Oireachtas Committee to #BackTheBill to Ban Fracking

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Tomorrow belongs to us

Issued in the blog on January 19, 2017 at 12:36:00.

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Tonight ...

The Dáil debates a Bill to divest taxpayers' money from fossil fuel companies, one of our top demands as part of Stop Climate Chaos.

And it hangs in the balance. We know all the smaller parties will support the Bill. The Government is likely to oppose it. Fianna Fáil are key and have been considering their position all week.

Supporters have been emailing TDs. But what would make the most difference now is a phone call. I called one of my TDs yesterday and it took less that 3 minutes.

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Don't despair this Friday, celebrate with us!

Issued in the blog on January 18, 2017 at 01:50:00.

This Friday 20th January Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America.

BUT....we have an alternative celebration for you, why not join us for a party and a film screening celebrating the people all around the world who are developing creative, positive solutions to our common challenges.

We are screening the award-winning French documentary Demain . I dare you to watch this 107 second trailer and not want to see more!

  

When: Friday 20th January
Where : Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Time: From 6pm for nibbles and BYOB, film 7pm sharp.
Tickets : Book your seat on eventbrite , tickets are just €5.

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'I feel like I got my future back ...'

Issued in news on December 30, 2016 at 02:54:00.

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We know what the headlines from 2016 are and many are not good news for the environment.

But 2016 also saw a new storyline gathering pace, not from the board rooms and cabinet tables but from the sitting rooms and kitchen tables of people who aren't prepared to give up without a fight. It is the story of people power standing up to the corporate power of the fossil fuel industry, and winning.

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The Future is Bright ...

Issued in the blog on December 22, 2016 at 03:43:00.

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Yesterday was the shortest day of the year.

It was dark for 16 ½ hours.

Here in Ireland we just flicked a switch to put on the light. And got on with cooking, working, surfing, or relaxing by the Christmas tree.

For 1.2 billion people around the world that’s just not possible. They have no access to electricity. 1 in every 6 people on Earth. When the sun goes down, life gets more complicated: cooking, washing, reading, homework, socializing, safety are all curtailed by a lack of power.

We want to help change that in 2017.

Because the future is bright. The future will Run on Sun.

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Trinity has put itself on the right side of history, time for Government to follow suit

Issued in news on December 12, 2016 at 16:40:00.

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Trinity Fossil Free campaigners with the Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast.

Stop Climate Chaos Coalition
News Release
4pm Monday 12th December 2016

Trinity College's Decision to Divest from Fossil Fuels an "Historic Step"

Victorious student campaigners join call for Government to take taxpayers' money out of fossil fuels

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Frack free November, Divestment December?

Issued in the blog on December 09, 2016 at 14:32:00.

TCD Fossil Free Students

First up, the film Atlantic was RTE One last night. So it's now available to watch on RTE Player. It's great film from the director of The Pipe about three small fishing communities, in Ireland, Norway and Canada, as they struggle to maintain their way of life in the face of mounting economic and ecological challenges. Also, the last episode of David Attenborough's breathtaking Planet Earth II is on BBC One Sunday at 8pm.

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Climate statement a damp squib. Next week's climate action plan must deliver.

Issued in news on December 08, 2016 at 17:56:00.

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Minister Naughten's inaugural climate statement was a damp squib

Next week's action plan faces 5 tests of credibility

Friends of the Earth have reacted with dismay to Minister Naughten's first Annual Transition Statement on climate action, presented to the Oireachtas this week.
The debate in the Seanad is here. The statement published in the Oireachtas library is here .

Commenting, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisin Coghlan said:

"There was just no sense of urgency in today's climate statement.

"If Minister Naughten can't get Enda Kenny's Government to commit to real action we may as well have Trump as Taoiseach.

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Keep calm and dry in the face flooding

Issued in news on December 05, 2016 at 22:23:00.

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This time last year we were all in the throes of Storm Desmond.  On this day, December 5 th , Theresa Mannion made sure we all understood just how treacherous the conditions were with her RTE news broadcast from Galway urging us all not to “make unnecessary journeys, don’t take risks on treacherous roads and DON’T SWIM IN THE SEA!”

Weather conditions are much better this year, in fact it’s hardly rained at all in 6 weeks. But Friends of the Earth is urging that Ireland takes an ecosystems approach to managing flood risk. By working with nature, we can enhance the capacity of our landscape to slow the flow of water during flood events and to reduce flood risk.

 

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Minister's support for ban on fracking welcome, as EPA identifies key uncertainities

Issued in news on November 30, 2016 at 16:13:00.

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Keep it in the ground

EPA report identifies key uncertainties in impacts of fracking on the environment and human health

Minister's support for ban on fracking welcome

Research commissioned by the EPA on Unconventional Gas Exploration and Exploitation UGEE, or fracking was published today.

The research, which was limited to a desk study analysis, concludes that there is inconclusive data and evidence to quantify many of the risks of fracking on the environment and public health, particularly in relation to the pollution of groundwater aquifers.

Commenting Kate Ruddock, Deputy Director of Friends of the Earth said

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EPA Research on Fracking out today at 2pm - Four tests for its credibility

Issued in news on November 30, 2016 at 13:09:00.

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Press Release
For Immediate Release 30-11-2016
Friends of the Earth

EPA Report on Fracking out at 2pm today

Four tests for its credibility

The long awaited research commissioned by the EPA on Unconventional Gas Exploration and Extraction, or ‘fracking’ will be published today at 2pm.

This research is expected to examine the potential impacts of fracking in Ireland, and comes one month after the Dáil unanimously accepted the principle of banning fracking in Ireland [1].

Here are 4 tests which should be used to determine if this research can offer a credible contribution to the debate on whether fracking should go ahead in Ireland or not.

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