How to take part in the Global Climate Strike on Friday 15th March

Issued in news on March 07, 2019 at 02:47:00.

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*Anyone organizing a rally at a townhall, a strike at a school, or planning for a school to attend any of the rallies is encouraged to register their group's participation on this map.*

What is happening on the 15 March?

Greta Thunberg, the 16 year-old Swedish climate activist, whose lone weekly climate strike has become a global movement, has called on everyone to join a global climate strike on Friday 15th March. The protests are being led by students striking from school to call for #ClimateActionNow to meet the tempertature goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement . Many others, young and old, intend coming out in solidarity with the children and students.

What's happening in Ireland?

1pm on Friday 15th March is the central moment in Ireland.

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Don't Owe, Shouldn't Pay! Why Caribbean nations need a debt deal

Issued in news on March 13, 2019 at 17:20:00.

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Get your FREE ticket to the Dublin event on March 25th here.

Get your FREE ticket to the Cork event on March 26th here.

Join Financial Justice Ireland & Friends of the Earth (plus the Galway One World Centre for the Cork event) to discuss how climate chaos is fuelling natural disasters and a debt crisis in poor Caribbean island nations like Grenada. 

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Kids, we have your back #SchoolStrike4Climate

Issued in the blog on March 08, 2019 at 13:41:00.

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This week, I felt a prickle of tears catch me off guard as I watched 14 and 15 year old climate leaders prepare what they were going to say to Ireland’s top politicians. It was the most inspiring meeting I’ve ever been too, and all I could think was, I hope by the time these young leaders are in power, it’s not too late to fix this.

“If you don’t act now, you are complicit.”

“You owe us a future.” “Please, listen to us.”

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Here Come the Sun - Power to the People

Issued in the blog on March 05, 2019 at 18:01:00.

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A new law to force electricity companies to pay small renewable energy generators for their power was debated in Leinster House this week. 

It's hard to believe, it doesnt happen already, but small renewable energy generators in Ireland give their electricity to the grid for free if they can't use it all on site immediately. 

Kate Ruddock was giving evidence at the Oireachtas Committee meeting along with Paul Kenny from Tipperary Energy Agency, Jim Gannon from SEAI and Michael Manley from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. 

You can watch the debate online here,

or just Kate's speech here

"We met Leo Varadkar at Electric Picnic a few years ago. 

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Let's hit 20k on our plastic petition!

Issued in the blog on February 19, 2019 at 10:08:00.

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We've set the date for our next action to pressure supermarkets to #BreakFreeFromPlastic!

Let's reach 20,000 names on our petition by April 13th, when we will be presenting our petition to supermarkets all across the country.

Repak have argued against #ShopAndDrop saying that supermarkets pay a fee to Repak which pays for the recycling of packaging placed on the market. But the vast majority of plastic we're bringing home is not recyclable - it's going into our general waste bins destined for landfill or incineration.

Sick of Plastic Petition Button

It's time for supermarkets to ditch excess plastic packaging!

We want supermarkets to;

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A once in a generation opportunity to contain climate change: 12 steps to quit fossil fuels

Issued in news on February 05, 2019 at 07:59:00.

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Under the Paris Agreement 195 countries have agreed to work to limit global warming to 1.5C. The latest scientific assessment by the UN said this will “require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society”. We have to cut our polluting emissions in half by 2030 and to near zero by 2050, which means Irish emissions have to fall 6-7% year-on-year, every year, from now to 2050. Of course, Irish emissions are rising not falling, and even the Taoiseach has admitted we are a laggard.

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Solar Schools Competition 2019

Issued in news on January 16, 2019 at 18:12:00.

FoE RoS logo - FoE on bagelThe 2018/2019 Solar Schools competition is now closed.

Five winning schools will be announced soon. Watch this space! 

The winning schools will get solar panels for their school. They will be able to use free power all day generated directly from their roof, so will really reduce their carbon emissions, and during the weekends and holidays they will be able to sell any power they do not use to our partner 'Community Renewable Energy Supply' (Cres). It's really a win win win for the schools and the climate.  

Sadly, not all schools have this opportunity in Ireland. In fact, selling solar power is not an option for most, as there is no requirement for electricity companies to buy solar power generated at small scales. 

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Carbon tax will only work as part of a 'Green New Deal': 12 steps to a zero carbon future

Issued in news on January 14, 2019 at 20:30:00.

Poolbeg sunset by Philip Milne - Poolbeg chimneys. A monument to the sunset industries of the fossil fuel age. Photo by Philip Milne.
Poolbeg chimneys. A monument to the sunset industries of the fossil fuel age. Photo by Philip Milne.

Carbon tax will only work as part of a "Green New Deal"

NGO proposes 12-step programme to quit fossil fuels

Irish Times   Times, Ireland Edition   Irish Independent   RTE: Sean O'Rourke

Friends of the Earth has called on the Government not to increase the carbon tax as a stand-alone policy, but to include it in a comprehensive "Green New Deal" with Government taking the lead on cutting emissions and making less polluting choices affordable and accessible for people. The call comes as Minister Bruton holds a high-level consultative forum on his proposed new all-of-government climate action plan this week, and the special all-party Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action prepares its final report by the end of the month.

Commenting, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisin Coghlan, said:

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Beat the VAT increase on coffee. Plus a new series of Eco Eye starts tonight.

Issued in the blog on January 08, 2019 at 06:42:00.

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Happy New Year.

I'm really optimistic we can make a breakthrough this year on climate action (see below for a preview of the possibilities).

But first, a quick life hack for coffee drinkers! It hasn't been such a good New Year for those of us who look forward to a take-away coffee at some stage during the day. The VAT increase in Budget 2019 has added 9 to 18 cent to the price of a coffee since January first.

Thankfully, there's an easy way to avoid paying the new higher price.

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Let’s make 2019 the year we choose a safer, healthier future.

Issued in the blog on January 01, 2019 at 06:20:00.

Poolbeg sunset by Philip Milne - Poolbeg chimneys. A monument to the sunset industries of the fossil fuel age. Photo by Philip Milne.
Poolbeg chimneys. A monument to the sunset industries of the fossil fuel age. Photo by Philip Milne.

This is the full length version of an article for the Irish Independent

Politicians and the public are paying attention to climate change like never before. A number of factors coming together gives us the opportunity to make 2019 the year Ireland takes climate action seriously.

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Minister Bruton's new climate plan 'not yet the revolution he promised'

Issued in news on December 19, 2018 at 16:27:00.

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Commenting on the draft National Energy and Climate plan, just published by Minister Bruton, Oisín Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth, said:

"Today's draft National Energy and Climate Plan is not yet the 'revolution' Minister Bruton has promised, but I welcome his honesty that this is the case. The Minister has again committed to producing an new all-of-government Climate Action Plan early in 2019 with additional measures to cut pollution in all sectors of the economy and society, and close Ireland's 'emissions gap'.

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