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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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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

poolbeg

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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