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Friends of the Earth Facilitators and Trainers Network!

Posted on November 01, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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Do you want to inspire, empower and egage people nationwide to join the climate justice movement?

Join our new Facilitators and Trainers Network!

Friends of the Earth have connections around the country, ample experience in campaigning, education & organising, and the resources to support people like you in developing the skills needed to train other activists around the country.

We want to use what we have to enable youto do the impactful work of facilitating others to increases their understanding of the interconnectedness of the issues we collectively face, and upskill in the capacities needed to fight these injustices.

Friends of the Earth will support you with:

  • Training in facilitating and organising skills
  • Access to workshop delivery opportunities
  • Promotion of your self-organised events
  • Connection to a peer support network
  • Quarterly campaign-specific training 

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Plastic Bottle Rally - Let's Demand DRS!

Posted on October 31, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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Join us for a Plastic Bottle Rally 1pm November 6th!

Back in January 2018, we 'Ditched Our Plastic at the Dáil' in support of Zero Waste activist Dianne Forsythe's Uplift petition calling on government to introduce a deposit return scheme (DRS) for the recycling collection of plastic bottles in Ireland.

It took Minister for the Environment, Richard Bruton, a whole year to respond, and the best he could do was commission a study to see how DRS could operate in Ireland. (Despite existing evidence proving that it works).

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Briefing for Budget 2019

Posted on October 28, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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In advance of Budget Day on October 8th, we prepared a briefing on key discussion points related to proposals to increase the carbon tax in Budget 2020.

In response to the Government’s announcement to allocate the revenue raised from the tax increase to climate action measures, this Coalition called on the Government to enshrine ring fencing of the tax intake into legislation.

Stop Climate Chaos also called on the Government to follow up on the recommendation made earlier this year from the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action that it carry out a review on the impacts of energy poverty as a result of the tax hike, and implement the appropriate supports that will minimise the burden on those most affected.

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Good Food, Good Farming

Posted on October 25, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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Through October Friends of the Earth were celebrating the Good Food Good Farming Days of Action as part of our Growing Together project by championing the change makers who are shaping a fairer food system here in Ireland.

Good Food Good Farming is a European civil society alliance that calls on decision makers to support for peasant farmers, environment- and climate-friendly agriculture which is tied into local economies across global food chains.

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Fair Farming in Ireland

Posted on October 18, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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Supporting the launch of Talamh Beo!

In support of the growing community of sustainable growers and farmers in Ireland, Friends of the Earth joined the launch of Talamh Beo, a new grassroots organisation of farmers, growers and land based workers, launched outside the Department of Agriculture where they presented an oak tree to Minister Creed.

In preparation for the launch action Friends of the Earth hosted two film screening and banner painting sessions to encourage citizens to stand with small sustainable farmers and call on the government to support the vision of Talamh Beo - a living landscape where people and ecosystems can thrive together.

Check out Foodture and Talamh Beo to find out more on how to support your local, small, sustainable farmers in Ireland!

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Thank you for standing with the school strikers!

Posted on October 15, 2019 by Aine O'Gorman

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Between the 20th and 27th of September 7.6 million people globally took to the streets to demand climate justice as part of the Climate Strike.

In Ireland, 50,000 people took part across every corner of the island.

Thanks to those of you that donated to our Climate Strike Fund we create a resource pack of stickers, social media graphics, posters and more. We recruited a team of 15 volunteers who worked from our office to support the 60 people across the country organising strike support actions. And we were able to fund equipment on the day including the stage which was fully solar powered!

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What's driving the fracking boom? Spoiler: it's plastic!

Posted on October 07, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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Last week 4,500 people took the email action to tell our politicians that we don't want to import fracked gas!

Public pressure is working! On Friday we got the debate in the Dail, and now Government must undertake a review of Irish energy security before any further support for the Shannon LNG project can proceed.

We need to keep the pressure on, to make sure the review is independent and Paris Aligned. This fight is only beginning.

If you haven't yet signed our petition to Stop Shannon LNG (the terminal planned to import gas) please take action now and share it widely with your friends.

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No Fracking. No.

Posted on October 04, 2019 by Friends of the Earth

We put everything into the campaign to fight against the LNG fracked gas terminals this week.  And so did our supporters!.Thank you! 

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The Race Of and For Our Lives

Posted on October 03, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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Busy time in the Coalition kicked off again in September as the new Dáil session began, and as thousands of young people across Ireland came together to mobilise as part of the youth-led Global Climate Strike on September 20th, members of Government, including the Taoiseach, travelled to New York to attend the high-level UN Summit on Climate Change in New York.

‘Preventing irreversible climate disruption is the race of our lives and for our lives’ were the words used by the UN Secretary-General in calling on all leaders to come to New York with statements on how they intend to increase ambition on climate action in advance of next year when the Paris Agreement will come into force.

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What TDs need to know for the debate on fracked gas imports today

Posted on October 03, 2019 by Friends of the Earth

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99% of the gas that would be imported to a planned termnial on the Shannon would be fracked in the USA. The Dáil is currently debating whether the project should get special EU treatment and subsidies. Here's what TDs need to know. (To download a pdf briefing click here.)

The Irish Government are planning to go to Brussels tomorrow to table support with the European Commission for a Fracking Gas Terminal in Shannon 'Shannon LNG' and the reversal of the flow in the existing gas pipe that connects us wiht Scotland, so that we could become exporters of fracked gas across Europe. 

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