Support the peat workers

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Tell your TD the Government needs to sit down now with the workers, Bord Na Mona, the ESB and the communities to draw up a plan to secure the future of the communities impacted by the wind down of jobs in burning peat and coal.

The Future is Rural

Issued in the blog on September 19, 2019 at 21:34:00.

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Celebrating sustainable food, farming and community energy

The National Museum of Ireland - Country Life is delighted to host 'The Future is Rural', a sustainable rural futures fair on October 4 and 5, 2019.

Delivered by Foodture, the Irish Environmental Network and Friends of the Earth, this event includes film screenings, talks, stalls, demonstrations and children's workshops, all focussed on building sustainable rural futures through food, farming and community energy.

In Our Hands: Seeding Change

6 - 9pm, Friday, October 4, 2019

The first part of this event is a screening in the museum's AV Theatre of the award-winning and thought-provoking documentary In Our Hands: Seeding Change. This will be followed by a lively panel discussion with foodies, farmers, activists and experts.

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It's time to support the peat workers. Dáil to debate 'Just Transition' Bill. Government must sit down with Trade Unions now.

Issued in the blog on September 18, 2019 at 09:07:00.

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Climate activists drop a banner from Edenderry peat station in 2009

We all know working in fossil fuels is not a job for the future. Extracting and burning peat and coal is not compatible with a planet that is safe for us to live on. This means the industry has to wind down. Fast.

In Ireland many of these jobs are in peat and coal, and the wind down is happening already. But the people and communities whose livelihoods depend on fossil fuel jobs in Bord na Móna and ESB, which are state-owned companies, are being let down badly.

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Can you help the School Strikers be seen and heard? Literally.

Issued in the blog on September 17, 2019 at 11:19:00.

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One of Greta Thunberg's great lines is "When we start to act, hope is everywhere". For me, watching 11,000 young people throng Molesworth Street last March it was slightly different. Seeing such action all around, I started to hope.

The global School Strikes For Climate movement that Greta sparked [1] has given me hope that together we can build a movement powerful enough, fast enough, to tip the balance towards serious climate action.

It is of course totally unjust that today's teenagers have to give up part of their childhoods to clear up the mess adults caused, in order to rescue us and save their own future.

So when the young Strikers ask for help, I really want to say yes.

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Communities are fed up picking up plastic litter, ready to name and shame producers.

Issued in news on September 11, 2019 at 18:27:00.

Brand audit is the new cleanup

Over the next two weeks, and to mark World Clean Up Day on September 21st, environmental organisations are inviting communities across the world to take part in a brand audit – it’s like a clean-up, but better.

It’s time producers take responsibility for the plastic waste they are dumping onto the planet.

Through this Brand Audit, data collected by ‘Break Free From Plastic’, a global network of organisations, will be used to name and shame producers who are creating the most waste.

Pressure will be put on governments to legislate for producer fees to be increased globally and to adopt more effective legislation to incentivise companies to adopt more sustainable packaging practices and to encourage consumers to reduce their use of single-use plastics and packaging.

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Support the Climate Strike Movement!

Issued in the blog on September 11, 2019 at 13:15:00.

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It's a Climate Emergency.

And on September 20th, we're filling the streets.

On Friday the 15th of March 2019 1.6 million people took part in a global climate strike in more than 125 countries in more than 2,000 locations. In Ireland more than 15,000 students took part in protests for urgent climate action.

This September 20th, we're going to smash that number. But we need you to make that happen!

Find and join your nearest strike!

School-age students have self-organised marches around the country and they need you to attend. 

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11 Sept 7pm - Talk with Dublin FoE Activist Group: Title: Earth in Crisis - Humanity at a Crossroads.

Issued in the blog on September 11, 2019 at 12:52:00.

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Dublin Friends of the Earth is delighted to invite you to a talk next Wednesday 11th September at 7pm sharp.

Title: Earth in Crisis - Humanity at a Crossroads.

The main speaker will be Fergal Costello (DFoE), who will give an illustrated talk on climate change plus ecological degradation and what we can do about it. We will also have valuable contributions from a student climate activist as well as Aine O'Gorman from Stop Climate Chaos.

Venue: The Teachers' Club, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1.

Don't miss it - a definite date for your diary in advance of the big climate protest in Dublin on 20th September!

Our Green Messenger Days are Over

Issued in news on August 20, 2019 at 11:15:00.

Friends of the Earth will not be joining Electric Picnic as Green Messengers this year. After much thought and discussion, it was decided that because of our limited resources and capacity we feel our energy should be placed in supporting the grassroots climate movement rather than sustainability at festivals.

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It was great fun to be part of the Electric Picnic team over the years, and we met so many great people, but we feel that we did everything we could have done and wish the best of luck to those who step in to take over.

Thanks so much to everyone who volunteered with us over the past three years helping gather support and create awareness on our campaigns.

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SunRise for Climate September 21st

Issued in news on August 19, 2019 at 14:37:00.

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Join our next sunrise gathering on Saturday September 21st - the day after the Global Climate Strike. Let's take some time together to unwind, recoup and reflect after all the organising and mobilising in the lead up to the strike.

RSVP HERE AT THIS LINK

In July we hosted just one gathering in Dublin, but we realise that's not possible for everyone - and we want to share this moment with all of you. So we are inviting communities to get together all across Ireland to get up at sunrise and gather somewhere beautiful in nature in your area.

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Peat.

Issued in the blog on August 13, 2019 at 12:53:00.

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Friends of the Earth objected to ESB's proposal for a peat and biomass plant at Shannonbridge West Offaly. The idea that Ireland would import chopped up trees and woody materials from all over the world to burn alongside dried out peat in order to produce electricity was unconscionable. Our bogs are Ireland's equivalent of the Amazon rainforest. Our biodiversity hotspots. Fragile ecosystems bursting with plants and animals not found anywhere else AND they serve as natural carbon sinks, sucking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere helping us to combat climate breakdown.

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Taoiseach urged to establish Just Transition Taskforce as he addresses forum on 'Decent Work'

Issued in news on July 30, 2019 at 07:48:00.

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Taoiseach to address forum today on "Decent Work" - Sustainable Development Goal 8

Friends of the Earth and school strikers Fridays For Future send Leo a joint letter

Friends of the Earth has urged An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to use the occasion today of his address on Sustainable Development Goal 8 on “Decent Work and Economic Growth” at the Stakeholder Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals in Dublin Castle to announce the immediate establishment of a Just Transition Taskforce to address the issues faced by the workers and communities in Clare and the Midlands, where workers at coal-fired and peat-fired power stations are facing layoffs and redundancies.

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions adopted a resolution earlier this month calling for a Just Transition Commission that ensures all relevant voices are heard and included, and puts social dialogue and collective bargaining at the centre of the transition away from fossil fuels. The landmark all-party Oireachtas report in March recommended a Just Transition Taskforce with an independent Chairperson to bring Government, the unions, the ESB, Bord Na Móna and all the stakeholders around the same table.

This month alone ESB has announced plans to lay off over half the workforce in Moneypoint, the Lough Ree peat station has been closed by the EPA and An Bord Pleanála has refused permission to extend the life of the West Offaly peat station beyond 2020. But far the Government has failed to implement the recommendation of the Oireachtas Committee, which was chaired by Fine Gael TD Hildegarde Naughton and includes Fine Gael TD for Offaly, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy. Instead the Government has referred the issue to a study group in NESC and to Offaly County Council's Regional Transition Team, which doesn't even include representatives from the Trade Unions.

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