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Our Chairperson reflects on her legacy

Posted on October 24, 2016 by Guest Blogger

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.

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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


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?

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


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


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


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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Tonight's telly, tomorrow night's cinema and our April Fool's

Posted on April 05, 2016 by Oisín Coghlan


I meant to tell you yesterday about a new TV series starting tonight on TG4 at 8pm about the trees on Ireland (it's repeated on Sunday at 7.30).

It looks sumptuous (see the trailer here) and it's presented by the ever engaging Manchán Magan. Described as a "feast for the senses" it looks like the next best thing to a real walk in the woods.

By contrast, if you're around Dublin tomorrow I'll be talking in the IFI at 6.30pm before a screening of "The Day The Earth Caught Fire" (you can book here). It's the first film in a Science Gallery / IFI season on "How the cinema of the past had imagined our future".

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Win tickets to see Naomi Klein in Dublin - and triple your gift to support community energy

Posted on April 05, 2016 by Oisín Coghlan


For the next 10 days every euro you give us will be tripled by an EU grant to support our work on community energy.

We had real success last year in getting the Government to recognize the role of communities in the transition to a zero-carbon energy system. The new national energy policy, the White Paper, launched in December is very strong on a commitment to energy citizens and communities.

Now we need to get the next Government to follow through with the concrete steps to make it happen.

Our priorities include:

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Can you stomach another Leaders' Debate ...

Posted on February 23, 2016 by Oisín Coghlan

YFoE hustings

... that doesn't discuss climate change?

The election is in the closing stretch. The final leaders' debate is tonight. Will they discuss climate change? Probably not, but even if they do it'll be short and superficial at best. The reality, however, is that whoever forms the next Government will find climate change high on the policy agenda because of the Paris Agreement, looming EU targets and competing interest groups at home.

So how much thought have the parties actually given it? Below you can see and read for yourself.

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Ask your candidates to take the Vote Frack Free pledge .


The hustings Young Friends of the Earth held with the Environmental Pillar are now online.

You can see the full 86 minutes here .

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