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Into the last few laps for COP21 – Three battles within the climate agreement

Posted on December 11, 2015 by Cara Augustenborg

With less than 48 hours to go in the United Nations’ climate negotiations, you’d think we’d have some idea of what shape the global agreement on climate might look like, but the Pareto principle seems to apply to COP21: It takes 80% of the effort to complete the last 20%. They’ve whittled down the text considerably but the core messages remain unclear.

In simple terms, the three most contentious issues that have yet to be resolved in the Paris climate agreement are:

Ambition 

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Baptism by fire – Cara's first day of COP

Posted on December 10, 2015 by Cara Augustenborg

Yesterday, I arrived at my first COP. What surreal world this is – A mini city where thousands of people go about their daily work of trying to combat climate change. It’s a tiered community where the colour of the badge around your neck determines what work you can and can’t do.

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I have a pink badge with the words “Party Overflow” written across it. This badge is allocated by the Irish government to representatives from Irish civil society groups. It is supposed to allow greater access than the yellow “Observer” badge many of my NGO colleagues have, though I have yet to find out how.

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The Fault Lines Emerge

Posted on December 10, 2015 by John Sweeney

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The "Paris Committee" of all 194 countries at COP21 meeting on Wednesday evening to discuss the draft text produced by France. Photo: Cara Augustenborg

By this stage in the second week, COPs usually enter a crucial stage where the negotiations hit a wall. The issues are always the same, namely how the principle of Common But Differentiated Responsibility (CBDR) is handled.Essentially, how much mitigation by the Developed Countries will occur and how much climate finance will they guarantee to the Developing World to aid their sustainable development and climate adaptation strategies. How should rapidly developing countries such as China, Brazil and South Africa be accommodated in a new world order of climate governance? Positive sentiments often give way to hard realities at this stage, and so it was today (Wednesday).

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En Route to COP21- A personal reflection

Posted on December 09, 2015 by Cara Augustenborg

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Is it normal to be this excited about going to United Nations Conference of Parties (COP)? Last night, I was like a child on Christmas Eve, unable to sleep with the anticipation of today’s journey. I’ve heard from colleagues that the COPs can be awful, frustrating events and that I didn’t miss anything in Lima last year at COP20, but I’m cautiously optimistic that COP21 will be worth the effort to attend.

Change is in the air

Part of my optimism is borne from a growing sense I’ve had lately that public opinion and acceptance of the climate crisis has shifted considerably in the last few years. There are a number of possible reasons for this:

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Enda let us down in Paris - tell him it's time to lead.

Posted on December 04, 2015 by Oisín Coghlan

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Enda Kenny let us down in Paris.

Tell the Taoiseach it's time to lead.

I was in Paris on Monday to hear the Taoiseach address the opening of the UN Climate Conference. In the plenary hall he told the assembled world leaders "this requires action by everyone, Ireland is determined to play its part".

But he told the Irish media that he wanted special treatment, that the recession meant we couldn't hit our emissions targets and that climate change wasn't a priority.

It was deeply disappointing doublespeak.

We've joined with Trócaire and Uplift for this petition to tell Enda we want a climate leader not a special pleader.

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March for Paris, now more than ever

Posted on November 24, 2015 by Oisín Coghlan

We need you now more than ever.

The French Government has cancelled the People's Climate March in Paris on Sunday, amid ongoing security fears. The people of Paris may not be able to march for climate justice but we can.

This movement is bigger than any one march, and we need everyone now more than ever. The Global Climate March -- which already consists of thousands of events, small and large, all around the world -- goes on. From London to Los Angeles, Quito to Quizon City, people are still taking to the streets. Join us in Dublin on Sunday at 2pm on Custom House Quay. There are also events in Belfast, Galway and Cork.

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Young Friends of the Earth Intern Position

Posted on November 11, 2015 by Heather Mason

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We are hiring a new intern to support our Young Friends of the Earth Activists. 

Young Friends of the Earth

Young FoE, a youth network within Friends of the Earth, was created in 2009 by and for young people wishing to campaign for environmental justice and sustainability in Ireland. We are looking for a dynamic coordinator to help us strengthen the network.

 The Opportunity

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It was twenty years ago today ...

Posted on November 10, 2015 by Oisín Coghlan

Ken Saro Wiwa Dance

On the 10th November 1995, Ken Saro Wiwa and 8 other Ogoni leaders were executed by the Nigerian military. They had been campaigning to remove Shell and other oil multinationals from Ogoni land in the Niger Delta, after decades of oil operations and countless spills and accidents.

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Day of Action: email your TD, Dail rally, film screening. Oh, and finally ...

Posted on November 03, 2015 by Oisín Coghlan

PrEPAring for FrackingI'm speaking at a briefing on fracking in Leinster House on Thursday lunchtime. Can you do me a favour and email your local TDs asking them to attend ? It'll only take a minute and they are much more likely to come when one of their own constituents asks them. Thanks.

The main speaker is a campaigner from Good Energies Alliance Ireland, based in Leitrim. They are very concerned at the increasing evidence that the EPA research on fracking is neither independent enough nor broad enough to be a legitimate basis for a Government decision for or against fracking. You can find out more here.

If you want to come to the briefing yourself, just email info@foe.ie and we'll organize entry to Leinster House for you.

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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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