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Catch up on Climate Action - October 2020

Posted on October 19, 2020 by Oisín Coghlan

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On October 13th 2005 we launched our very first e-action to get all 166 TDs in the Dáil to sign a Climate Pledge promising that Ireland would do its fair share to tackle global climate change. And last week marked our 15 year anniversary! This e-action enabled the public to email their local TDs urging them to sign the pledge for the very first time.

Now fast-forward 15 years to today and our team is working away to ensure the Government pass a strong Climate Law. And emailing TDs and taking e-actions has become the bread and butter of our campaigns!

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Catch up on Movement Building - October 2020

Posted on October 17, 2020 by Claudia Tormey

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The Growing Together project winds down for Friends of the Earth this month, but the group that formed through this project will continue on to advocate for food sovereignty and sustainable solutions to our broken food system through creative and fun activities.

As you can imagine, the end of summer and harvest has been a busy time for the Growing Together agri-activists with seed saving workshops, farm visits and food sovereignty online theatre performances. They have also been busy researching and interviewing farmers around the country and have curated the latest research to establish a path to a more sustainable food system for Ireland.

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Catch up on Plastic - October 2020

Posted on October 17, 2020 by Claudia Tormey

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The Sick of Plastic campaign has been working hard supporting communities across Ireland to take action against the excessive use of plastics in our supermarkets.

Sadly, our annual Shop and Drop was cancelled this year – but that didn’t stop local Sick of Plastic groups from taking action in their communities.

This summer thousands of people took part in our Postcards to Supermarkets campaign, calling on supermarkets to eliminate unnecessary plastic and support reuse.

Demands to Supermarkets:

  1. Reduce the amount of plastics in store
  2. Offer loose fruit and veg at affordable prices
  3. Offer more produce like loose washing detergent and dry goods
  4. Support reuse by accepting reusable containers

If you didn’t get to any of the 40 hubs to sign a physical postcard, there’s still time to sign your name digitally here at this link.

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Climate Justice: A discussion

Posted on October 16, 2020 by Deirdre Duff

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Climate justice is a term that has been bandied around a lot lately. But do we really understand what it means? And when we use the term, are we really upholding the principles of climate justice? Despite its recent popularity, climate justice is not a new term. The ideas that underpin climate justice in its original sense have been developed over decades by social movements such as environmental justice, trade justice and peasant movements. Key climate justice concepts such as ”climate debt” and “equity” have been developed and refined, largely by movements in the Global South - often with pushback from the Global North. With that in mind we’re hosting a webinar at 6pm on 28th October to examine the meaning of climate justice. You can join us by registering for the webinar here

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Watch it Back - Two webinars on Irish Climate Law

Posted on October 02, 2020 by Deirdre Duff

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We saw the power of legislation to hold the Government to account in August when the Supreme Court struck down the Government’s hopelessly inadequate 2017 climate action plan because it didn’t comply with the provisions of the 2015 Climate Action Act. That 2015 law was the result of 8 years of campaigning by Freinds of the Earth and the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition.

Now, at our urging, the Government parties have promised to publish a new, stronger climate law within the first 100 days of their administration, by 5th October. Ahead of this milestone, Stop Climate Chaos hosted two webinars to delve into Irish climate law and legislation.

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Join our new Learning Hub!

Posted on October 01, 2020 by Meaghan Carmody

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Can you remember a time when you learnt something that changed your perspective forever?

In Friends of the Earth we are committed to a process of consistently learning and unlearning about the systems of power and oppression that influence our lives and the world around us. We believe that we need to understand systems in order to effectively change them.

We also believe in challenging ourselves to consistently create more welcoming spaces for people to engage in a process of interrogating the root causes of global injustice. By doing this we aim to help grow and work with a more critically informed network of change makers across Ireland.

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Looking back at the Growing Together Project

Posted on September 30, 2020 by Triona Reid

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In this short video we take a look back at the Growing Together project. Thanks to all who were part of it! 



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Launching a new Growing Together Booklet: Pathways to a Fair Food System in Ireland

Posted on September 30, 2020 by Deirdre Duff

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There are sustainable and unsustainable ways to produce food. Likewise, there are just and unjust food systems. Today, there are huge inequalities and power imbalances in the food system, for example between large agri-businesses and small independent food producers.

Our Growing Together agri-activists have been busy researching and interviewing farmers around the country and have curated the latest research to establish a path to a more sustainable food system for Ireland.

Their new booklet, “Growing Together: Pathways to a Fair Food System in Ireland” explores the environmental and social inequities of our food system, shines a light on the impact of COVID-19 and outlines the potential that the concept of food sovereignty has to make our food system more ecologically and socially just.

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Watch it back - Seed Saving Workshop with Ourganic Gardens and the Gaia Foundation

Posted on September 29, 2020 by Deirdre Duff

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An online workshop for community gardeners, home growers, urban gardeners and lockdown gardeners alike. Joanne Butler of Ourganic Gardens has been teaching people to grow their own food since 2013. Joanne joined us in welcoming Wayne Frankham, Ireland's Regional Coordinator of The Gaia Foundation's Seed Sovereignty Programme, to discuss and demonstrate the basic essentials for anyone to successfully save and reproduce the seeds of our common and heritage vegetables. Wayne also provided simple tips for creating a community seed bank. If you missed it you can watch it back at this link or at the video below.






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We're hiring! Education & Outreach Officer needed (Youth & Community)

Posted on September 17, 2020 by Meaghan Carmody

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We’re looking for a development education officer with ample experience in community engagement to join our team!

This person would have experience in development education, working with youth, working with groups disproportionately impacted by unjust policies, would be an excellent project manager with a keen ability to prioritise in a pressuring environment, and would have an understanding of the sensitivities that come with building connections with groups typically under-represented in the environmental movement.

We need someone who is enthusiastic about education and about developing leadership, who can coordinate national projects and support the voices of youth and affected communities to reach policy-makers.

Read the job description and get full details on how to apply here! Deadline for applications is midnight Irish time, October 5th.

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