Can you remember a time when you learnt something that changed your perspective forever?
In Friends of the Earth we are committed to a process of consistently learning and unlearning about the systems of power and oppression that influence our lives and the world around us. We believe that we need to understand systems in order to effectively change them.
We also believe in challenging ourselves to consistently create more welcoming spaces for people to engage in a process of interrogating the root causes of global injustice. By doing this we aim to help grow and work with a more critically informed network of change makers across Ireland.
There are sustainable and unsustainable ways to produce food. Likewise, there are just and unjust food systems. Today, there are huge inequalities and power imbalances in the food system, for example between large agri-businesses and small independent food producers.
Our Growing Together agri-activists have been busy researching and interviewing farmers around the country and have curated the latest research to establish a path to a more sustainable food system for Ireland.
Their new booklet, “Growing Together: Pathways to a Fair Food System in Ireland” explores the environmental and social inequities of our food system, shines a light on the impact of COVID-19 and outlines the potential that the concept of food sovereignty has to make our food system more ecologically and socially just.
An online workshop for community gardeners, home growers, urban gardeners and lockdown gardeners alike. Joanne Butler of Ourganic Gardens has been teaching people to grow their own food since 2013. Joanne joined us in welcoming Wayne Frankham, Ireland's Regional Coordinator of The Gaia Foundation's Seed Sovereignty Programme, to discuss and demonstrate the basic essentials for anyone to successfully save and reproduce the seeds of our common and heritage vegetables. Wayne also provided simple tips for creating a community seed bank. If you missed it you can watch it back at this link or at the video below.
We’re looking for a development education officer with ample experience in community engagement to join our team!
This person would have experience in development education, working with youth, working with groups disproportionately impacted by unjust policies, would be an excellent project manager with a keen ability to prioritise in a pressuring environment, and would have an understanding of the sensitivities that come with building connections with groups typically under-represented in the environmental movement.
We need someone who is enthusiastic about education and about developing leadership, who can coordinate national projects and support the voices of youth and affected communities to reach policy-makers.
Read the job description and get full details on how to apply here! Deadline for applications is midnight Irish time, October 5th.
Report: The Role of Public Bodies in Driving Ireland’s Decarbonisation
Without urgent Government intervention, the ESB, Gas Networks Ireland and their regulator could lock Ireland into fossil fuel use for decades.
Friends of the Earth Ireland via its involvement in the Citizens for Financial Justice European project commissioned an independent researcher to examine the role of public bodies in driving Ireland’s decarbonisation - focusing on the Electricity Supply Board (ESB), Gas Networks Ireland (GNI) and the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU).
Join this webinar at 5pm Irish Time on Wednesday 9th September (please ignore the time zone on the registration page!)
September has begun. And with it, a new season of climate campaigning kicks off. Stop Climate Chaos has a host of activities, events and actions lined up to ensure that the Government holds to its Programme for Government promises and delivers the faster and fairer climate action we so urgently need. And crucially that it passes the legislation required to make that action a legal requirement!
As we campaign to address the climate crisis, it is crucial that we are guided by those who are most impacted by the problem. This is the right thing to do, but it’s also the most strategic. That’s why it’s crucial that a diverse range of people and groups are involved in shaping climate solutions - and that underrepresented groups are urgently brought to the table. Addressing the climate crisis requires much more than simply cutting emissions - to be successful we must challenge the unjust economic and social systems that underpin this crisis - and be guided by people who are most impacted by these very systems.
Harvest season is upon us - it’s time to start enjoying the fruits of our labour! It’s also a good time to think about saving seed and showing gratitude to the farmers and producers who have been working hard over the summer months to feed us. With this in mind, we are very excited to announce a month of nationwide activities to promote sustainable food production and celebrate agriculture and farming!
We have a suite of workshops and talks coming up over the next month and we hope to see you at some of them! All workshops are free to attend. Our events will be in strict adherence with government guidelines on COVID-19 – please see our COVID-19 event precautions.