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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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De-Escalation Training with Extinction Rebellion

Posted on October 03, 2019 by Guest Blogger

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As part of the 'Power-Up! Autumn of Action Training Series', we supported three young Extinction Rebellion activists to lead a training on de-escalation tactics in high-pressure situations of civil disobedience. Here is a short piece from one of the main organisers, Sarah.

Non-violence is one of Extinction Rebellion’s core principles, and ensuring that the environmental movement remains non-violent is critical to ensuring its success. A movement that is non-violent has a far greater reach and is far more inclusive than a violent campaign. Ensuring that non-violence is at the core of our movements also sends a powerful message: we are creating the vision of a society we with to see, one at which empathy and peace is at the core.

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Don't let the Government bypass the Dáil on fracked gas

Posted on October 02, 2019 by Oisín Coghlan

I really need you to email your TD today.

The Government is trying to lock Ireland into importing fracked gas for decades - WITHOUT ANY DÁIL DEBATE.

They plan to send officials to Brussels on Friday to approve special treatment for plans to build gas import terminals on the west coast, against the advice of EU experts, and before the Dáil gets the chance to discuss it.

I'll tell my TD that's not good enough

Yesterday Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil voted against making time to debate a special motion on the issue this week.

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What's gas got to do with plastic?

Posted on October 01, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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Do you ever wonder about the link between gas and plastics?

Well the first link is that the plastic industry is owned by big oil and gas companies including DowDuPont, ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron and BP.

The second big link is that plastic is made from oil and gas!

Despite our best efforts to refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle, plastic production is set to increase 40% over the next decade.

This is because fracking is on the rise and fracked gas is the raw material that makes plastic.

Want to learn more? Check out this webinar!

The Gastivists Collective are hosting this really great webinar series to dive deeper into the links between gas and plastic, and why we need to #KeepItInTheGround to #BreakFreeFromPlastic!

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October: Gas Webinar Series with the Gastivists Collective

Posted on September 26, 2019 by Meaghan Carmody

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Gas is a fossil fuel. The narrative around gas being a 'bridge fuel' is simply dangerous and needs to be debunked once and for all. Learn all about the issue, taking action and showing solidarity this October with this exciting webinar programme with the Gastivists Collective!

2nd October 12-1pm CEST / Why gas is bad

> how gas impacts our climate

> how gas is extracted, transported and how it impacts communities around the world

> the tricks of the gas industry

For who? People that are new to gas and want to understand what is all the fuss about it

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The Future is Rural Festival - October 4th & 5th

Posted on September 25, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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Celebrating sustainable food, farming and community energy

Come along to 'The Future is Rural', a sustainable rural futures fair on October 4 and 5, in Ballina, County Mayo.

Delivered by Foodture, the Irish Environmental Network and Friends of the Earth, this event includes film screenings, talks, stalls, demonstrations and children's workshops, all focussed on building sustainable rural futures through food, farming and community energy.

In Our Hands: Seeding Change

6 - 9pm, Friday, October 4, 2019

The first part of this event is a screening in the museum's AV Theatre of the award-winning and thought-provoking documentary In Our Hands: Seeding Change. This will be followed by a lively panel discussion with foodies, farmers, activists and experts.

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Strike!!

Posted on September 20, 2019 by Friends of the Earth

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Today, September 20th, the Friends of the Earth office is closed.  We are joining the Global Climate Strike to
demand climate action.

Find your local strike at the link below and
join us on the streets.

Everyone is invited.  Everyone is needed. 

https://www.stopclimatechaos.ie/campaigns/support-the-climate-strike-movement/

"I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if
our house is on fire. Because it is" - Greta Thunberg

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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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