After 6 years Enda Kenny's Government has finally published a draft climate plan. But it's so awful it's embarrassing. In the face of the greatest threat humanity faces Ireland is looking for a free ride.
It's not really a plan at all, it reads like a discussion document. And it doesn't actually adopt any new actions to reduce Ireland's emissions.
Our political leaders are putting vested interests ahead of the public interest. And they are counting on the public not paying attention.
As a supporter of Friends of the Earth you know that symbols can be important, but they only get you so far in the struggle to shift Ireland to a more sustainable path. Our fight for a fossil free future is fought week in, week out against political indifference, bureaucratic inertia and vested interests.
The Bill is under a public consultation phase which ends this Friday, 10th February. We really want to pass 10,000 signatures before then with our sister petition on Uplift.ie (maybe you signed there?) which has 3220 names already.
Last week we asked you to contact your TDs to ask them to support the Bill to divest state funds from fossil fuels. Yesterday the Dáil voted 90 votes to 53 to progress the Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill to the next stage. This is a real victory for people power given the Government steadfastly opposed the Bill and Fianna Fáil were on the fence right up to decision time.
Read our press release reacting to the historic vote: "This is first real sign of leadership from Ireland on climate action".
This Friday 20th January Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America.
BUT....we have an alternative celebration for you, why not join us for a party and a film screening celebrating the people all around the world who are developing creative, positive solutions to our common challenges.
We are screening the award-winning French documentary Demain . I dare you to watch this 107 second trailer and not want to see more!
Here in Ireland we just flicked a switch to put on the light. And got on with cooking, working, surfing, or relaxing by the Christmas tree.
For 1.2 billion people around the world that’s just not possible. They have no access to electricity. 1 in every 6 people on Earth. When the sun goes down, life gets more complicated: cooking, washing, reading, homework, socializing, safety are all curtailed by a lack of power.