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Dublin Friends of the Earth Beach Clean Sept 21st 10:30am

Posted on September 18, 2019 by Meaghan Carmody

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Time to clean up! 🚨

Beach clean-up this Saturday 21st of September, 10:30am at Dollymount Strand.

If you want to help out on the day, please complete this form!

This is our first social event since our relaunch earlier in the Summer and DFoE would love to see as many people out helping as possible!

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It's time to support the peat workers. Dáil to debate 'Just Transition' Bill. Government must sit down with Trade Unions now.

Posted on September 18, 2019 by Kate Ruddock

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Climate activists drop a banner from Edenderry peat station in 2009

We all know working in fossil fuels is not a job for the future. Extracting and burning peat and coal is not compatible with a planet that is safe for us to live on. This means the industry has to wind down. Fast.

In Ireland many of these jobs are in peat and coal, and the wind down is happening already. But the people and communities whose livelihoods depend on fossil fuel jobs in Bord na Móna and ESB, which are state-owned companies, are being let down badly.

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Can you help the School Strikers be seen and heard? Literally.

Posted on September 17, 2019 by Oisín Coghlan

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One of Greta Thunberg's great lines is "When we start to act, hope is everywhere". For me, watching 11,000 young people throng Molesworth Street last March it was slightly different. Seeing such action all around, I started to hope.

The global School Strikes For Climate movement that Greta sparked [1] has given me hope that together we can build a movement powerful enough, fast enough, to tip the balance towards serious climate action.

It is of course totally unjust that today's teenagers have to give up part of their childhoods to clear up the mess adults caused, in order to rescue us and save their own future.

So when the young Strikers ask for help, I really want to say yes.

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Support the Climate Strike Movement!

Posted on September 11, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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It's a Climate Emergency.

And on September 20th, we're filling the streets.

On Friday the 15th of March 2019 1.6 million people took part in a global climate strike in more than 125 countries in more than 2,000 locations. In Ireland more than 15,000 students took part in protests for urgent climate action.

This September 20th, we're going to smash that number. But we need you to make that happen!

Find and join your nearest strike!

School-age students have self-organised marches around the country and they need you to attend. 

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11 Sept 7pm - Talk with Dublin FoE Activist Group: Title: Earth in Crisis - Humanity at a Crossroads.

Posted on September 11, 2019 by Meaghan Carmody

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Dublin Friends of the Earth is delighted to invite you to a talk next Wednesday 11th September at 7pm sharp.

Title: Earth in Crisis - Humanity at a Crossroads.

The main speaker will be Fergal Costello (DFoE), who will give an illustrated talk on climate change plus ecological degradation and what we can do about it. We will also have valuable contributions from a student climate activist as well as Aine O'Gorman from Stop Climate Chaos.

Venue: The Teachers' Club, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1.

Don't miss it - a definite date for your diary in advance of the big climate protest in Dublin on 20th September!

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Peat.

Posted on August 13, 2019 by Kate Ruddock

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Friends of the Earth objected to ESB's proposal for a peat and biomass plant at Shannonbridge West Offaly. The idea that Ireland would import chopped up trees and woody materials from all over the world to burn alongside dried out peat in order to produce electricity was unconscionable. Our bogs are Ireland's equivalent of the Amazon rainforest. Our biodiversity hotspots. Fragile ecosystems bursting with plants and animals not found anywhere else AND they serve as natural carbon sinks, sucking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere helping us to combat climate breakdown.

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Start the Conversation with a Book

Posted on July 29, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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Books are a great way to learn about the world and ourselves, and can often spark deeper discussions.

Talking about environmental issues such as climate change isn't always easy, so books can be a good way to start the conversation.

Our first ever book club series seems to be going quite well. We've hosted physical events in Dublin, Wicklow and Belfast and have engaged with many of you online through our webinars. Because we can't always meet in person, we're trying out new ways to connect.

Climate Generation Book Club Panel.JPGOn March 28th, we launched our book club at the Fumbally Stables in Dublin, joined by author and activist Lorna Gold to discuss her book ‘Climate Generation, Awakening to our Children’s Future’.

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Movement Building, Skill Sharing and Collaborating

Posted on July 29, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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A lot the work we do at Friends of the Earth involves working closely with grassroots activists groups, we do this because we see the importance of collaboration and relationship building to strenghten and build on the movement we are a part of.

Training Links Programme

Through our ongoing courses we have been actively enaging people in environmental issues, connecting the dots and offering opportunities for people to gain skills and knowledge so they can take action on the issues they care about.

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Climate Emergency to Action Plan

Posted on July 29, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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As secretariat members of the Stop Climate Chaos coalition, we have been very active over the last number of months, campaigning for strong climate action and legislation. Here's a summary!

Climate Action plan

While eagerly awaiting the Climate Action plan, we put together five tests or indicators of how serious the Government is taking climate action seriously, and effective the Plan will be in bringing down emissions pollution. The Government’s new Climate Action Plan was published in mid-June to much fanfare, and in July, we published our assessment of the Plan, in collaboration with the Environmental Pillar. A summary of our report is available here and the full report is available here.

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Solar Schools are Championing Community Power

Posted on July 26, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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In 2018 we launched our Solar Schools competition, where five schools won solar panels so that they can power themselves with renewable energy straight from their rooftops.

Schools will be excited to know we will be launching a second competition in September, so even more schools can generate their own energy! Every winning school receives a 90% grant for their solar panels and all of the technical and bureaucratic support needed for the installation of the solar panels.

This competition is an excellent opportunity for communities to participate in renewable energy generation, and schools are the ideal place for valuable community-based education to occur. The competition will play an important role in encouraging communities to take the first step on their sustainable energy journey.

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