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Our Director's speech to the MacGill Summer School on Ireland's energy future

Posted on July 24, 2015 by Oisín Coghlan

Yesterday I delieverd a paper to the MacGill Summer School on "Ireland's Energy Crisis: What's to be done?". You can hear my 15 minute speech by clicking below. You can read the text here. And you can read the Irish Times report here.



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Let's pass the Climate Bill before TDs head for the beach

Posted on July 07, 2015 by Oisín Coghlan

Thanks to your campaigning the Government has agreed to make changes to the Climate Bill .

But now time is running out to get the Bill through the Dáil before the summer break. Next week's Dáil agenda will be set on Thursday and there's a real risk the Climate Bill will be dropped. Please press for TDs to pass it before they go holidays: On Twitter . On Facebook .

Click here to Like and Share this photo on Facebook NOW, please .

Heads in the Sand -Pass the Bill

It'll only take a minute and all the key decision makers are tagged in the photo of the fantastic Stop Climate Chaos photo stunt on Sandymount Strand last Saturday.

If you're on Twitter just click retweet below:

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Once more unto the beach

Posted on July 03, 2015 by Oisín Coghlan

heads in the sand bondi beach

Will you join us on the beach tomorrow to bury your Head in the Sand, just like our government are doing when it comes to climate change?

When: Saturday, July 4th at 11am
Where: Sandymount Strand (here by the car park nearest the city centre)


Umbrella leap

Some of the iconic images of Irish climate activism have been created in fun, family-friendly, photo stunts on Sandymount Strand with our allies in Stop Climate Chaos. Tomorrow we gather there once more: to collectively stick our heads in the sand to send the message loud and clear that the government's inaction on climate change is not in our name.


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Will you put your heads in the sand with us?

Posted on June 30, 2015 by Heather Mason

heads in the sand bondi beach

For those within striking distance of Dublin two events in the next 8 days:

We would love you to join us for a "Heads in the Sand" photo stunt on Sandymount Strand this Saturday 4th July at 11am.

Our government just isn't taking climate change seriously.

We’re only 5 months away from major climate talks that will decide the future of global climate action. Yet the government is about to finalize a Climate law that doesn’t even set a target for emission reductions by 2050. They have no Action Plan on how to cut our climate pollution to 2020 (the last plan finished in 2012) and they have made no financial pledge to help support communities worst affected by climate change impacts.

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So, who's this Ottmar Edenhoffer on the new Climate Council

Posted on June 12, 2015 by Oisín Coghlan

One of the most eye-catching names on Minister Alan Kelly's list of members on the Climate Change Advisory Council yesterday was that of Prof Ottmar Edenhoffer.

He's the Chief Economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research , and was co-chair of the IPCC's Working Group III on Mitigation for their recently completed Fifth Assessment Report.

He gave an EPA lecture in Dublin last October which I was at, which was very impressive. Particularly that his favourite slide was the one showing how much fossil fuels we had to leave under the ground. Click here to start the You Tube video at that bit of his talk .

The full talk is embedded at the bottom of this post, but here are my tweets from the night:

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Podcast on the new Climate Council and Bill latest

Posted on June 10, 2015 by Oisín Coghlan

I was happy to take part in the Irish Times Business Podcast today and talk not just about the challenge of climate change but the economic opportunties that the transition to a low-carbon future will bring.


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No Poolbeg Incinerator

Posted on June 03, 2015 by Guest Blogger


Craig Cox

For the past 18 years, a battle has been quietly fought by a small network of Dublin communities. Residents of Ringsend, Irishtown and Sandymount, under the campaign name Combined Residents Against Incineration (CRAI), have been fighting the proposed, and now progressing, construction of a massive incinerator on the edge of Dublin port. While the issue has been dominant in the mindset of these residents for nearly two decades, it has only occasionally crept into public awareness during that time.

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This could be our last chance to improve the Climate Bill before it becomes law.

Posted on June 02, 2015 by Oisín Coghlan

Kelly- Poolbeg - Alan Kelly at Poolbeg
Alan Kelly at Poolbeg

I've just heard that Minister Alan Kelly will debate changes to the Climate Bill with a committee of key TDs in just 7 days time.

Please tell Minister Kelly to strengthen the Bill.

Alan Kelly has told the Dáil he is considering possible amendments to the draft law. We need to make sure the changes aren't just window dressing, that they actually make the law stronger, by clearly indicating how much we plan to reduce emissions by 2050, by ensuring that the independence of the Expert Advisory Body is explicitly guaranteed and by committing to climate justice as a guiding principle.

Tell Alan Kelly to act now.

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I'm chairing this Public Meeting in Buswells this evening ...

Posted on February 10, 2015 by Oisín Coghlan

I'm chairing what should be a great panel discussion on the Climate Bill and climate justice this evening, Tuesday 10th, at 6.30pm in Buswells Hotel in Molesworth Street, across from Leinster House.

Speakers include:

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=> Lidy Nacpil - Convenor of the Philippines Movement for Climate Justice.
=> Niamh Garvey - Trocaire's Environmental Justice Policy Officer
=> Prof. Barry McMullin - Chair of the An Taisce Climate Change Committee

Nevermind us Irish NGO-types, it's really worth coming to hear Lidy. She is a hugely experienced international campaigner on economic justice issues and was International Coordinator of Jubilee South for 9 years. She continues to work on tax and debt justice as well as climate. You can see videos of Lidy in action here.

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Our great 2015 calendar is now available. And Happy New Year from all in Friends of the Earth.

Posted on January 05, 2015 by Oisín Coghlan

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We think our 2015 Calendar is our best yet. Check it out here.

You can buy it online now for just €12.

It features stunning photos of Greenland by photographer Daragh Muldowney. He says of his trip:

"For me, it is a pursuit of beauty, a continuous search for inspiring visions of Nature. Greenland is a place of raw and abundant beauty, one of the few truly wild places left on our planet."

We're thrilled Daragh has given us 13 of his spectacluar images for our 2015 Calendar. You can see the full calendar here.

Publication cover - Friends of the Earth Ireland Calendar 2015It's yours for just €12. And if you want a few for friends we'll give you 5 for €50!

Happy New Year from everyone in the Friends of the Earth office.

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