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Catching up on Community Energy

Posted on June 17, 2020 by Kate Ruddock

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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.

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Catching up on Climate

Posted on June 17, 2020 by Catherine Devitt

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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!

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Have your say on the future of fossil gas in Europe!

Posted on June 10, 2020 by Meaghan Carmody

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Join this zoom call with Friends of the Earth, Not Here Not Anywhere, Food and Water Action Europe and the Gastivists Collective on June 18th to learn how to have your say on energy policy in Europe.

Register here at this link!

On the call, you will be:

  • Brought up to speed on the TEN-E (Trans-European Networks-Energy) Regulation
  • Learn how this impacts the notorious PCI Process which facilitated Shannon LNG
  • Receive submission guidelines from some of those working on resisting fossil gas across Europe

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Black Lives Matter

Posted on June 10, 2020 by Claudia Tormey

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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.

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Watch it back - Bookclub webinar with author Jenny Offill

Posted on June 09, 2020 by Claudia Tormey

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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 shop@booksupstairs.ie. 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!

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Young FoE Europe Declaration on Food Sovereignty & Training

Posted on June 02, 2020 by Triona Reid

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From Friday June 5th, Friends of the Earth organisations from across Europe we will be running an exciting series of food sovereignty workshops, trainings & online events for young people (under 30).

We have fantastic line up of speakers, facilitators and activists AND the opportunity to meet with MEPs so young people can promote their demands on agriculture and food sovereignty at European level. The training will take the form of a series of online webinars.

Click Here to Register – Closing at midnight on June 2nd 2020.

 Schedule of the Food Sovereignty training:

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Join a Regional TD Calling Party!

Posted on May 27, 2020 by Meaghan Carmody

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The next week is crucial for the climate. 

Three parties are currently negotiating what's called a 'Programme for Government', and we need to do whatever we can to make sure this is as strong as possible. For people, and for the planet.

Can you join a Regional TD Call-a-Thon before June 5th, World Environment Day?

We think the following is a solid strategy for making an impact!

  • We know that when constituents speak to their TDs, TDs listen.
  • We also know that a stumbling block in talks is the notion that the desire for strong faster and fairer climate action doesn't come from all age groups and localities around the country.
  • What's more, we know that the TDs currently negotiating care about their image in the media.

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Watch it back - Women Resisting Climate Change in the Global South - Webinar

Posted on May 27, 2020 by Meaghan Carmody

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If you missed it, don't worry. We're recording all of our webinars so you can watch them in your own time.

Watch the webinar here at the link, or in the video below:

This webinar was co-organised by the Galway Feminist Collective and Friends of the Earth Ireland.

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Let's talk about 'Weather', with Jenny Offill and Sinéad Gleeson

Posted on May 25, 2020 by Claudia Tormey

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While debating whether or not to host a book club this year, we came across this article in the Irish Times and well, the decision was made instantly.

Join us in conversation with Jenny Offill, author of New York Times best seller, 'Weather'. We are honoured to also have Irish writer, Sinéad Gleeson, on board as interviewer.

Click here to register for this webinar!

This event will be hosted over zoom, at 8pm on Friday June 5th to mark World Environment Day 2020.

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!

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Watch it back - Story of Plastic Webinar

Posted on May 18, 2020 by Claudia Tormey

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If you missed it, don't worry. We're recording all of our webinars so you can watch them in your own time.

Sick of Plastic, our campaign partnered with VOICE Ireland, hosted a webinar on to discuss the new documentary 'The Story of Plastic' and the growing movement in Ireland and worldwide to break free from plastic and fossil fuels.

The Story of Plastic is the story BIG PLASTIC does not want you to see. The film takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution, from extraction of fossil fuels to plastic waste replacing fish in our Oceans, and to explore Ireland's role in tackling these issues.

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