Taoiseach, it's time

Issued in the blog on September 29, 2016 at 17:14:00.


The Taoiseach was addressing the Seanad today and a couple of Senators were interested in raising climate change with him. Here's what I would have said.


Your government has adopted a National Policy Position on Climate Action, underpinned by the Climate Act, that defines Ireland's transition objective for 2050 as an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions between energy, housing and transport, and carbon neutrality for agriculture and land use, in line with the lower end of the EU's emissions goal for 2050. And your Government's White Paper on Energy has a target of reducing energy emissions by 80-95% by 2050, in line with the higher end of the EU's goal, and proclaims a vision of a "carbon-free" future for Ireland.

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Have you got #onegoodidea?

Issued in the blog on September 27, 2016 at 11:36:00.

Indo Climate Change and You

Did you see Saturday's Irish Independent? We were impressed to see their 5-page special on climate change and their acknowledgement that we need to act now, not sometime in the future! They are running a week-long Climate Change and You campaign to inform and engage their readers. We think that's a great idea so we have made it really easy for you to get involved, here's how:

First there's a short survey on what Ireland should do to address climate change. We think it would be great if you have your say. The more of our supporters who make their views known the better. We're particularly keen on your answers to questions 2, 5 and 9 ;-).

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#onegoodidea to tackle climate change

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The Irish Independent wants to know your #onegoodidea to tackle climate change as part of a week long series called Climate Change and You. Use this page to have your say today.

Chairperson of Friends of the Earth Ireland, Dr. Cara Augustenborg, wins best Irish Current Affairs and Politics blog for ‘The Verdant Yank’

Issued in news on September 20, 2016 at 11:02:00.

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Chairperson of Friends of the Earth Ireland, Dr. Cara Augustenborg, wins best Irish Current Affairs and Politics blog for ‘The Verdant Yank’

Friends of the Earth Ireland are delighted to announce Chairperson Dr. Cara Augustenborg’s win for best Current Affairs and Politics blog in last week’s Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards 2016. Cara’s blog, The Verdant Yank, examines Ireland’s environmental issues with a scientific and political view.

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Stop Climate Chaos WALL-E Film Screening!

Issued in news on September 16, 2016 at 12:14:00.

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Friends of the Earth as part of Stop Climate Chaos are hosting our annual Autumn Outdoor Film Screening next Saturday 24th in Sandymount Green, and this year we are showing the Disney Pixar Movie Wall-E!

You joined us for Stop Climate Chaos's screening of Naomi Klein's "This Changes Everything" last year and we would love to see you next Saturday as we pair up with Happenings to screen Wall-E!

DATE - 24th September

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2016 summer update

Issued in news on July 29, 2016 at 13:38:00.

Not so Green

As a valued supporter, we at Friends of the Earth would like to let you know how your support has contributed to our campaigns for environmental justice and a fossil-free future for Ireland.

Reverse the Decision to Abolish the Department of Environment

In May, Friends of the Earth, An Taisce, Birdwatch, VOICE and Irish Wildlife Trust ran a joint petition urging the Taoiseach to reverse his decision to abolish the Department of Environment. His decision was outrageous, as it showed a blatant disregard for a healthy environment, and would have left us embarrassed as the only EU member apart from Hungary without a Minister for the Environment.

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New report shows Irish agriculture is neither ‘climate-smart’ nor sustainable

Issued in news on July 19, 2016 at 15:36:00.

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Irish cattle less climate-efficient than European average and emissions per head up from 1990

Stop Climate Chaos and the Environmental Pillar have published a new report titled “Not So Green: Debunking the Myths around Irish Agriculture”. Drawing heavily on scientific evidence, the report challenges government and industry claims and shows that Ireland’s current agriculture and land-use policy is neither ‘climate-smart’ nor sustainable.

According to the study by the two NGO coalitions Ireland’s cattle-based agriculture is actually less efficient than the European average - in terms of the level of greenhouse gases emitted per calorie of bovine food produced - and methane produced per head of cattle has increased in Ireland since 1990.

Spokesperson for the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition, Catherine Devitt, said:

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Join us at Electric Picnic 2016 and help make it green again!

Issued in news on June 27, 2016 at 15:30:00.

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In 2015 Friends of the Earth brought a team of volunteers to Electric Picnic to help improve the festival's environmental impact. We’re returning to Electric Picnic this year and we want you to help us make it green again!

Friends of the Earth is partnering with the festival to improve recycling and minimise the waste going to landfill. In exchange for supporting Picnickers to bin their waste responsibly we’ll provide you with a weekend pass for this sold-out festival!

Can you help us?
We are looking for enthusiastic people who are willing to chat to festival goers about binning their waste responsibly and about Friends of the Earth’s work. Apply here!

Here's what’s involved:

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EU-US trade deal poses serious threat to Irish and EU farming: TTIP could open the floodgates to factory-farmed US produce

Issued in news on April 28, 2016 at 15:05:00.


28 April 2016

The controversial trade deal being negotiated between the EU and the US could spell disaster for EU farming and particularly for the Irish beef sector, according to a new report from Friends of the Earth Europe.

The report Trading away EU farmers reviews modelling studies carried out in the EU and US on the impacts of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The report concludes that TTIP will massively increase imports from the US, while having far fewer benefits for EU producers. Studies foresee a decline of up to 0.8% for EU agriculture’s contribution to gross domestic product, while US agriculture's contribution to it will increase by 1.9% - a net trade benefit to US interests of over 4 billion euros. [1]

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Oisin is running for the Seanad (and there's a public hustings in Trinity tomorrow)

Issued in the blog on April 06, 2016 at 16:25:00.


You may have heard already that our Director, Oisín Coghlan, is standing in the Seanad elections for the Trinity College panel.

Oisin is standing as an independent candidate, independent of any political party and indeed independent of Friends of the Earth. But we're delighted that voters on the TCD panel now have the choice of voting for someone who would put climate action at the top their agenda.

OCYTvid1Oisin himself says of his run:

"I've been badgering politicians from the sidelines for years and I thought it was time to put my money were my mouth is. I'm running to push climate action, social justice and global solidarity up the political agenda."

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