The Growing Together Activists are busy planning their next actions - watch this space for the following events, publications and activities!
July - Growing Together will be hosting a weekly social media take over showcasing the inspiring work of regenerative farmers, urban growers and other food activists around the country! If you are a farmer, grower or activist and you would like to be featured get in touch with Triona by emailing email@example.com.
August - Some of our Growing Together activists have been researching food sovereignty in the Irish context over the past few months. We will be releasing their much anticipated ‘Booklet on Food Sovereignty in Ireland’ in August with an online webinar. The booklet will be available for distribution online and in print.
COVID-19 has brought our global food system into sharp focus. There is a thirst for knowledge and an eagerness to source local, sustainable food that is produced in harmony with nature and provides a living wage to farmers.
The Growing Together activist group, which is supported by Friends of the Earth, have been busy creating opportunities for people to learn more about food sovereignty in Ireland and how we can promote and engage with it. Here’s a quick round up of what the team have been up to over the past few months. Sign up here if you'd like to get involved!
Through the Break Free From Plastic global network, of which we are members of, we screened the newly released film ‘The Story of Plastic’ in May with our Sick of Plastic partner VOICE Ireland. To build on the conversation and bring the issue closer to home, we hosted awebinar to discuss the plastic free movement in Ireland.
We haven’t let social/physical distancing stop us from delivering our movement building trainings and events which aim to bring people together for sharing and building skills and knowledge to increase our collective impact and power in creating change.
Mobilise.Resist.Transform course, now in its third year, included sessions on intersectionality, extractivism and climate finance, communications, solidarity and moving forward. It was a pleasure to explore these issues with this year’s enthusiastic group of 25 people - we can’t wait to see what they do next.
For our final session in the System Change for a Just Transition seminar series we teamed up with the Galway Feminist Collective to present a webinar called ‘Women Resisting Climate Change in the Global South’.
To bridge the gap between gas and plastic, Meaghan, who is our Head of Mobilisation, joined the panel for our Sick of Plastic webinar and spoke of the connection between the global glut of plastics on the market and the fossil fuel companies.
Covid-19 created some delays for our Solar Schools 2020 winners but we will soon be back on track getting solar panels on their roofs. This year we had 8 winners and 8 runners up. Our winning schools will be generating their own clean energy and championing the solar revolution in Ireland.
Congratulations to all our winners!
We can’t wait to work with these primary and secondary schools and get going with their local climate action projects.
Special congratulations to St Munchins in Limerick who became the newest Solar School this month! Their newly installed6 kw array of solar PV panels will generate about 5,070 kWh per year for the school, to power lights, computers, photocopiers etc., saving about €800 while avoiding 3,000kg of CO2 a year.
Following the general election this year, Friends of the Earth have been hosting TD call-a-thons with people from across the country. Calling TDs is a really effective way for constituents to communicate their concerns to their political representatives, and influence them to take action.
Engaging with TDs can be intimidating, it can be hard to muster up the courage to do this alone. That’s why we decided to bring people together!
Each online call-a-thon involved a quick briefing on the issues to discuss with TDs and space for people to ask questions to our climate policy experts. Then everyone called their TDs. Together we contacted almost every TD in Ireland - and many more than once!
Although we may not understand what it’s like to experience violence and discrimination due to racism, we stand in solidarity with those in the United States and across the world whose lives have been and continue to be severely and negatively impacted by structural racism.
The discrimination, brutality, violence and murder that caused the deaths of George Floyd, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Breonna Taylor, to name but a few, is a manifestation of the same false and dangerous perception of difference based on skin colour that is rampant in Ireland, and visible in the way this country treats migrants & asylum seekers via the abhorrent system of direct provision.
To celebrate World Environment Day 2020, Friends of the Earth hosted this bookclub event to discuss Jenny Offill's latest novel, Weather. With special guest, Irish writer and broadcaster, Sinéad Gleeson.
If you missed it, you can watch it back here at the link or at the video below.
Our friends, Books Upstairs in Dublin, have Jenny's new book in stock. You can order a copy by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Let's support local!
Jenny Offill's latest book 'Weather' resonated with many of us on the Friends of the Earth team. It's not often you pick up a book and think, oh I know that story. And you hear so many others around you say that too!