Ask your Dáil candidates to support a fossil free, community-centred energy system

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We have six questions on the the future of our energy system for all the candidates in the General election. Email your candidates to find out where they stand.

Ask your Dáil candidates to sign no fracking pledge

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Email your general election candidates to urge them to the sign the Vote Frack Free pledge to support a ban on fracking if eelcted.

6 questions for every candidate in the election. Click to ask them now.

Issued in the blog on February 05, 2016 at 13:23:00.

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Activists outside Leinster House illustrate the "tug-of-war" between fossil fuels and renewables for the future of Irish energy policy

Politicians are always telling us that nobody ever mentions climate change on the doorstep.

Let’s change that this time.

Whenever candidates call to the door over the next three weeks, say you’re concerned about climate change. Tell them now by email.

You can mention the flooding, fracking, or Ireland doing its fair share, on the doorstep if you want but, actually, even just saying you’re concerned means the TDs in the next Dáil will be that bit more likely to listen to us.

If you do get into a conversation with them we have six questions - ask them any or all of them.

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Join us for 2 Film Screenings - 13th February

Issued in news on February 04, 2016 at 15:58:00.

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Friends of the Earth in collaboration with The Progressive Film Club are screening two documentaries - "Solar Mamas" and "Line in the Sand" on the 13th of February from 2:30pm, New Theatre. 43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar.  Admission is free, but donations are welcome and will be dividied between the two hosting groups.

Ciara Kirrane - Friends of the Earth's Head of Climate Action will also speak at the event on Friends of the Earth's current campaigns and upcoming events. 

Solar Mamas - 2:30pm

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Let's make our issues election issues

Issued in news on February 02, 2016 at 13:41:00.

Six Steps to a Fossil Free Future

Tug of War Politicians are always telling us that nobody ever mentions climate change on the doorstep.

Let’s change that this time.

Whenever canvassers call to the door over the next few weeks, say you’re concerned about climate change.

You can mention the flooding, fracking or Ireland doing its fair share if you want, but just saying you’re concerned will mean politicians will be more likely to listen when we lobby them.

If you get into a conversation with them here are six questions - ask them any or all of them:

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Energy White Paper has "The Vision Thing" but lacks detail on delivery

Issued in news on December 16, 2015 at 13:08:00.

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Carbon Free vision, 2050 target, community ownership welcome. Needed urgently: detail and delivery

A new national energy policy, the first test of Ireland's determination to play its part in delivering on the ambition of the Paris climate agreement, had been launched my Minister Alex White.

Commenting Kate Ruddock, Policy and Campaigns Manager at Friends of the Earth said,

"We welcome the Minister's vision of a Carbon Free future and the target of an 80-95% reduction in emissions by 2050. It's also good to see the commitment to support citizens and communities owning the clean energy that will power our future. But the concrete actions in today's document don't match the scale of the ambition or the urgency of the challenge.

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Energy White Paper first test of Ireland's commitment on Climate Change

Issued in news on December 15, 2015 at 20:52:00.

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Tomorrow morning, Wednesday 16th December, Minister Alex White will launch the long awaited White Paper on Energy.

Only days after the historic agreement on climate change was agreed in Paris, this is the first opportunity for Ireland to reveal its true commitment to playing its part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and phase out fossil fuels.

Will it deliver? Friends of the Earth will be analysing it based on the following 6 questions.

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What I've been reading about the Paris Agreement

Issued in the blog on December 14, 2015 at 23:00:00.

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I've been reading various assessments of Paris over the last 48 and I thought I'd share my round-up of the most pithy and insightful.

  • Bill McKibben came over all Michael Collins in the official 350.org response: "This didn’t save the planet but it may have saved the chance of saving the planet".

  • I like George Monbiot's line: "By comparison to what it could have been, it’s a miracle. By comparison to what it should have been, it’s a disaster".

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Only people power can bridge the gap between ambition and action in Paris Agreement

Issued in news on December 13, 2015 at 17:05:00.

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Weak agreement in Paris means people power will have to drive transition to climate justice and safety

EU pressure on Ireland for a credible action plan likely to increase, as focus shifts to national 2030 targets

The landmark Paris Agreement will not deliver the climate stability it promises without consistent public pressure for action and accountability, according to Friends of the Earth. It will however increase the pressure on Ireland as the attention turns to negotiations in Brussels, in the New Year, to agree each country’s 2030 target, according to the environmental justice organization.

Speaking from Paris, Friends of the Earth Ireland Chair, Dr Cara Augustenborg, said

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Climate negotiations widening the gap between ambition and action

Issued in news on December 11, 2015 at 17:06:00.

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PARIS, FRANCE, December 11, 2015 –As efforts to reach a deal at the United Nations' climate negotiations in Paris intensify, Friends of the Earth has said there is a growing "credibility gap" between the new goal of keeping temperature rises to "well below 2⁰C" and rich countries watering down the 2050 emissions targets in the draft deal.

Commenting on the most recent draft text, Dr. Cara Augustenborg, chairperson of Friends of the Earth Ireland said in Paris,

“With each new draft of the climate agreement, the yawning gap between the ambition and real action is widening. The latest draft aims to keep the global rise in temperature 'well below 2⁰C' but fails to provide any credible plan to deliver on that ambition.

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

Issued in the blog on December 11, 2015 at 00:18:00.

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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