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The Health Impacts of Climate Change

Posted on November 28, 2016 by Guest Blogger

Carbon dioxide is the perfect killer. Invisible and odourless, it exerts its mal-effects insidiously and so surreptitiously that they have managed to avoid registering on most peoples’ daily list of concerns. Indeed this has allowed its continued production to be regarded by many as essential to maintaining the quality of life that most of us currently enjoy.

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Take Action: Stop the (Anti) Heritage Slash and Burn Bill!

Posted on November 08, 2016 by Young Friends of the Earth

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The 'slash and burn' or Heritage bill that Heather Humphreys TD is trying to introduce will come before the Seanad on Wednesday afternoon, 9th of November 2016. If passed, the bill would allow the Minister to extend the time during which landowners could cut hedgerows and burn scrub. It would allow for the burning of scrub in March and the cutting of hedgerows in August, which is currently not permitted. This is highly worrying as during these months birds are either preparing to build nests or are still nesting. As well as birds, these landscapes provide habitats for countless other species of plants and insects and contribute to healthy ecosystems. Many rare bird species in Ireland are in dire straits and to extend the time allowed for 'slash and burn' would put them in an even more precarious position in our ecosystem. Additionally, our hedgerows also provide important 'food' for bees, as well as being fantastic carbon sinks.

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Last night we made history. Now let's make the future.

Posted on October 28, 2016 by Oisín Coghlan

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Keep it in the ground

10 days ago we asked for your help to get a Bill to ban fracking over its first big hurdle in the Dáil. You responded like never before, raising money for a legal opinion on the Bill in less than 24 hours. Then 2,500 of you wrote to your local TDs urging them to #BackTheBill.

And you won!

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Our Chairperson reflects on her legacy

Posted on October 24, 2016 by Guest Blogger

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Our Chairperson, Dr. Cara Augustenborg, reflects on her legacy in honour of Halloween

On October 11, 2016, Rowan Jacobson of Outside Magazine wrote a startling obituary: “The Great Barrier Reef of Australia passed away in 2016 after a long illness. It was 25 million years old.”

Jacobson goes on to describe the legacy of the Great Barrier Reef, from the impressive array of more than 6,000 species it harboured to the food and mineral resources it provided for the humans who lived next to it for 60,000 years.

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Ask your TD to #BackTheBill to ban fracking

Posted on October 20, 2016 by Kate Ruddock

Will you ask your TD to vote for a ban on fracking next week?

There is a Bill to ban fracking in Ireland scheduled for debate in the Dáil next week (Thurs 27th Oct, 3:30 - 5:30). If we can mobilize enough support it will take a crucial step towards becoming law. But we need your TDs to agree to it.

Most political parties have either a stated policy or declared in their election manifesto's that they are opposed to fracking. Have a look at this infographic of what the different parties have said about fracking.

Act Now

 

Now we need to make sure they keep their promises.

 

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Taoiseach, it's time

Posted on September 29, 2016 by Oisín Coghlan

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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.
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Taoiseach,

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?

Posted on September 27, 2016 by Heather Mason

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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“Ban fracking!” A creative call from young people in fracking affected communities

Posted on September 26, 2016 by Jamie Gorman

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A group of young activists aged 12-18 from fracking affected communities in the north-west of Ireland have highlighting the dangers of fracking through artworks created during the month long Eco/Art/Action summer programme.

The programme was a collaboration between Young Friends of the Earth, local anti-fracking group Love Leitrim and artists from the Leitrim Sculpture Centre.

Taking place over the course of two day workshops and a weekend residential, it aimed to explore fracking in its local and global context and create a space for young people to make their voices heard in debates around the issue.

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So close: help us raise 800 euro by midnight, last chance to triple your gift

Posted on April 15, 2016 by Oisín Coghlan

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Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, we have raised €7,600 for our Community Power Campaign over the last 10 days. That will allow is draw down €22,800 in EU funding.

But there's still €2,400 of EU grant money on the table. To claim it we need to raise another €800, by midnight tonight.

Every euro you give TODAY will be tripled by EU funding.

Our Community Power priorities include:

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

Posted on April 06, 2016 by Cara Augustenborg

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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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