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We're not going down without a fight

Posted on October 15, 2018 by Oisín Coghlan

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Last Monday a UN scientific panel published an alarming report on on climate change. The impacts are worse than we thought and to prevent complete climate chaos we essentially have to halve our pollution by 2030 and reduce it to zero by 2050.

On Tuesday, the Government introduced Budget 2019, dropping plans for an increase in the carbon tax announced by the Taoiseach, and effectively "giving two fingers to the Paris Agreement" and everyone who is threatened by climate change.

It was a staggering failure of political leadership that put us all at risk of devastating climate impacts.

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Hiring: Young FoE Ireland Food Sovereignty Events & Communications Officer!

Posted on October 01, 2018 by Meaghan Carmody

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Friends of the Earth Ireland is seeking an Events and Communications officer to promote food sovereignty within an 18-35 age range in Ireland.

The post is half-time and based in the Friends of the Earth Ireland office in Dublin. Application details are at the bottom of this page.

Friends of the Earth Ireland is an environmental justice campaigning organization, striving to create a just world where both people and nature thrive. It is a member of the Irish Environmental Network, the Environmental Pillar, and is the secretariat of the Stop Climate Chaos coalition Ireland, a network of 28 civil society, youth and faith-based organisations campaigning for Ireland to do its fair share on climate.

We are a small organization of 2 full-time staff, and 3 part-time staff.

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8 Female Activists in Cyprus Standing up for Environmental Justice

Posted on September 24, 2018 by Meaghan Carmody

Female Activists

Written by V'Cenza Cirefice

*Originally published on Medium*

Women are on the front lines of climate change as they are impacted first and worst, so it is not surprising that they are on the front lines of the fight against it. Around the world it is prominently women who are standing up for their communities, land, water, forests and biodiversity, while challenging projects of so-called development, from mega dams and mines to fossil fuel extraction. This is also the case in Cyprus, where strong female activists led the way in the struggle for environmental justice.

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The Young FoE Europe Summer Camp

Posted on September 24, 2018 by Meaghan Carmody

YFOEE Summer Camp 2018

Written by V'Cenza Cirefice

The Young Friends of the Earth Europe Summer Camp took place in Cyprus this year between the 3rd and 9th of September. High up in the pine forests of the Troodos mountains the international group of 55 young people shared stories of resistance in many different contexts, depicting the differences and commonalities in our struggles. Focusing on a theme of intersectionality, the camp provided a fertile space for both seasoned and new activists to explore this essential component of environmentalism.

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Cara's parting words

Posted on September 19, 2018 by Guest Blogger

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Our Head of Communications and Fundraising, Dr. Cara Augustenborg, says good-bye after a decade of work with Friends of the Earth Ireland...

This blog marks an end to my decade-long relationship with Friends of the Earth (FoE) Ireland, beginning as a member of the Board of Directors and later as Chairperson of the Board. Last year, I left my voluntary role as Chairperson to become a part-time member of FoE’s staff as their Head of Science, Communications and Fundraising -a job that has provided me with nearly non-stop adventure and education for the past 18 months. I’m now moving on to a full-time academic position at University College Dublin.

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Join the team to tackle Plastic at the Picnic!

Posted on July 19, 2018 by Meaghan Carmody

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For the last 3 years, Friends of the Earth has brought a team of volunteers to Ireland's biggest music, comedy and spoken word festival - Electric Picnic.

Will you be part of it this year?

Here's the deal:

In return for volunteering each of the three days for 6 hours each day (the earliest you would be working is 10am, and the latest 9pm), either petitioning on the Waste Reduction Bill, working the Cup Refund Points or engaging festival-goers on what waste goes in what bin, you get -

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Plastic Free July Series, Item 2 - Plastic War on Climate Change

Posted on July 17, 2018 by Chloe Healy

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We will be posting one article a week in July around ways you can reduce the amount of plastic in your day-to-day life! Let us know how you're getting on on Twitter by using the hashtag #SickOfPlastic.

Written by Chloe Healy

If you are reading this article today and/or taking part in our Plastic Free July challenge, then it’s fair to say that you are already aware of the serious challenges plastic pollution poses to human health and the environment. But do we really understand why its a problem, what exactly makes plastic so harmful and how it is linked to climate change?

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Together, we are irresistible. Let's make law.

Posted on July 13, 2018 by Oisín Coghlan

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When we formed the Stop Climate Chaos coalition 10 years ago, our first slogan was "Together, we are irresistible". To be honest with you, I thought it was a bit over-the-top for climate campaigners.

This week showed how wrong I was.

This week's big wins underline the value our work coordinating the Stop Climate Chaos coalition - work we want to be able to continue, but which is now at risk.

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Oil and Gas Drilling: Add your voice to this petition before it's presented tomorrow!

Posted on July 09, 2018 by Meaghan Carmody

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On Tuesday, the Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action will hold hearings on a Bill to ban exploration for more gas off the Irish coast [1]. The Committee has to decide whether to kill the Bill or progress it to the next stage.

Not Here Not Anywhere (NHNA), a grassroots campaigning group working to protect Ireland's coasts from fossil fuel drilling, have been working tirelessly on this campaign for a year, and will be presenting a petiton to the Chair of this committee tomorrow afternoon.

Their petition currently has just over 3,000 names.

Can you help it reach 4,000?

Hildegarde Naughton TD, Chair of the Committee on Climate Action has agreed to receive the petition when the hearing finishes (sometime between 1:30pm and 2pm we understand).

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Plastic Free July Series - Notes from California

Posted on July 09, 2018 by Friends of the Earth

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Marion Briggs joined us earlier this year as a volunteer, due to her enthusiasm she quickly became the driving force in planning the Sick of Plastic day of action on April 21st. Marion has since joined our board, a joyful member of the team.

Along with a number of Sick of Plastic campaigners, Marion has taken on the Plastic Free July challenge to try and refuse single use plastics. Spending her Summer back in her hometown in California, Marion shares her ups and downs of trying to live without plastic.

Plastic Free July - Notes from California

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