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Demand a fair payment for solar electricity

We want to see Ireland unlock its solar energy potential.

Right now anyone who produces solar energy and doesn't use it all immediately, must give it away for free. Sign this petition to Minister Naughten demanding the guarantee of a fair payment for solar electricity, so people can get paid for the excess energy they generate with panels on the roof of their homes, farm buildings, schools, clubs and community halls, and from the electricity generated in solar farms.

Tell the Oireachtas Committee to #BackTheBill to Ban Fracking

#BacktheBill to ban fracking in Ireland

The Oireachtas is asking you for your thoughts on fracking and unconventional extraction of fossil fuels.

In October, they unanimously agreed to the principle of introducing legislation that would ban all fracking activities in Ireland.  

Now they want to know what the public thinks on the matter.

There are lots of reasons why fracking is bad news.

And mounting global and national peer reviewed and scientific evidence that taking oil and gas out of the ground poses a significant threat to Climate Change, Public Health, Water Quality, and the Natural Environment

The proposed bill would make it illegal to take oil and gas out of the ground from areas in Ireland where it would need to be fracked, such as the shale deposits across Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan, Clare, Limerick, Cork and Kerry.

Please help us demonstrate that the people of Ireland support a legal ban on fracking activities by signing up here. 


Tell Naughten his Climate Plan is F-rated

There's still time for Minister Naughten to replace his failed climate plan with one we can be proud of. If we make our voices heard.

It's taken 6 years but Enda Kenny's Government has finally published a draft climate action plan.

But it's so awful it's embarrassing. In the face of the greatest threat humanity faces Ireland is looking for a free ride. If this plan was a lightbulb or a fridge-freezer it would get an F-rating.

It's not really a plan at all, it reads like a discussion document. And it doesn't actually adopt any new actions to reduce Ireland's emissions.

It gives up on meeting our 2020 targets and would see Ireland overshoot our 2030 target by 20%, incurring financial penalties of €3bn to €6bn.

It focuses on cost of action and ignores the cost of inaction and the benefits - from job creation, to warmer homes, to lower bills - of moving to a low carbon future.

Ireland's emissions are actually rising when they need to drop by at least 5% a year for the next 30 years to meet our own national objective under the Climate Action Act 2015.

Our political leaders are putting vested interests ahead of the public interest. And they are counting on the public not paying attention.

Friends of the Earth is joining with our allies in the Stop Climate Chaos coalition to make it clear the public wants Ireland to do its fair share.

Sign the petition to tell the Minister he needs to come back with a plan we can be proud of.

(We'll also submit the petition to the Citizen's Assembly which will be considering climate change over the next couple of months).

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