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Reflections on COP26 - with some resources to watch and read

Posted on November 18, 2021 by Emma-Jayne Geraghty

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I’m back in Ireland after my trip to Glasgow for COP26 with 16 year old youth activist Amy O’Brien. What a trip it was. We left Glasgow full of mixed feelings and emotions.

Rage as the leaders of rich countries continue to refuse to do their fair share, turning their backs on the poorest of the world - who face a crisis of COVID 19, rising inequalities and climate apartheid.

Heartbreak for the 138 developing countries, representing 5 billion people, whose proposal for a Loss and Damage Finance Facility to help deal with devastating climate impacts was blocked by rich countries like the EU, US and UK.

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Update on Climate - the Climate Law kicks in

Posted on November 05, 2021 by Oisín Coghlan

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The start of an urgent, radical transformation

What is really exciting for our climate campaigning in recent weeks has been to see the new climate law we campaigned so long and so hard for begin to have an impact. The law has teeth and it has begun to bite.

The law puts the new target of reducing emissions by 51% by 2030 on a statutory footing. The new Climate Action Plan has just been published too, which should act as a roadmap to guide Ireland in reaching this target. That’s the plan we all made submissions on back in May.

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Permanent link | Categories: climatechangeAutumn Newsletter 2021

Update on our Learning Hub

Posted on November 05, 2021 by Deirdre Duff

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Our Learning Hub is a carefully curated space for discussion, critical thinking, peer education and building a sense of solidarity.

We run webinars and workshops that are loosely based on themes emerging from books we have chosen as Learning Hub “core texts”.

Our current books are:

  • Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future by Mary Robinson.
  • Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move by Reece Jones.
  • On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal by Naomi Klein.
  • Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities by Rebecca Solnit

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Update on Movement Building - Youth Workshops

Posted on November 05, 2021 by Deirdre Duff

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Our movement building circle has been running lots of workshops and events aimed at young people who are interested in climate action and social justice. We’ve also been running a series of youth assemblies for school children, as part of our Solar Schools project - read more about them in our update on Power to the People.


Youth Workshop on CoP26

We collaborated with the National Youth Council of Ireland to host an all day youth workshop on the COP26 UN Global Climate Talks. The workshop brought together young people from across Ireland to learn how the COP Climate Talks work and how young people can make their voices heard. We heard directly from young people who have attended previous UN Climate Talks bringing in Irish, European and international perspectives.

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Update on One Future

Posted on November 05, 2021 by Deirdre Duff

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One Future is the network of local climate campaign groups supported by Friends of the Earth and Stop Climate Chaos. It is the network to join if you want to deepen your climate campaigning and take the next step after emailing your TDs or signing our petitions. The One Future network will help connect you with other people living in your area who are concerned about climate change and who want to take collective action with other people in their constituency.

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Update on Sick of Plastic

Posted on November 05, 2021 by Deirdre Duff

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Planet or Plastic outdoor exhibition

The Sick of Plastic campaign that we run with VOICE Ireland has brought a spectacular National Geographic photographic exhibition to Ireland.

The exhibition tells the story behind plastic from its invention just over a century ago to its current mass consumption. It deals with how the plastic crisis came about, explores the scope of the problem and looks at how we can each be a part of the solution.

 

 

Plastic has revolutionized medicine, extended the shelf life of fresh food and enabled the delivery of clean drinking water to those without it. When used in airbags or helmets, it saves lives. Yet, despite its utility and convenience, plastic is doing terrible damage to the health of our planet.

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Update on Power to the People

Posted on November 05, 2021 by Jerry Mac Evilly

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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

The energy of the future must be renewable but it should also be community owned! Our Power to the People campaign is focused on making it possible for communities, schools and grassroots organisations to own, generate, use and sell their own electricity.

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Update on No New Gas

Posted on November 05, 2021 by Jerry Mac Evilly

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No New Gas is our campaign to stop Ireland getting locked into fossil fuel use for decades to come - and to stop Ireland becoming an important facilitator of fracked gas transport around the globe. We’re campaigning to block the development of new fossil fuel infrastructure, such as LNG import terminals that would allow fracked gas to be imported from the US into Ireland.

No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure - and the looming spectre of data centres
Data centres have emerged as a major threat to Ireland’s climate targets and efforts to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. In the last four years data centres have gobbled up enough electricity to power 560,000 homes. Projections for their future power demands are even more alarming. Urgent intervention is needed. We’ve been raising alarm bells in the media about data centres this autumn, you might like to listen back to our director, Oisín talking about data centres on Newstalk Breakfast here and on Virgin Media’s Tonight Show here.

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Friends of the Earth calls on Irish Government to join the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance at COP26

Posted on November 04, 2021 by Jerry Mac Evilly

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Friends of the Earth has written to Minister Ryan and Minister Coveney, calling on Ireland to join the newly formed Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance of states.

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COP26 won't deliver Climate Justice but we can! Ways to take action this weekend

Posted on November 04, 2021 by Deirdre Duff

COP26 day of action for climate justice

Less than 48 hours to go until the Global Day of Action for Climate Justice! And if ever there was a need for climate justice it is now. 

The COP26 climate talks are underway and it’s been hard to stomach. Rich countries have failed to commit to their fair share of emission reductions. As a result, the climate action pledges submitted so far would leave us with 2.7 to 3 degrees of warming, far from the 1.5 degree limit we so badly need.

Not only that, but rich countries have broken their promises to provide climate finance to help poorer countries deal with climate impacts and roll out their own climate action plans.

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