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From School Strikes to Wicklow's Climate and Biodiversity Emergency, local communities are driving change.

Posted on June 14, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

Wicklow Strike 4 Climate

Wicklow’s declaration of a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency was instrumental in pushing the government to make the declaration on a national scale. Keith Scanlon, is one of ten parents and grandparents in Greystones and Delgany, Co. Wicklow, that came together to campaign for Wicklow’s declaration.

For this community, it all began as part of the Global School Strike for Climate on March 15th, in which millions of school students took to the streets all across the world alongside their parents and teachers. An estimated 11,000 people marched and demonstrated in Dublin, while 100’s came together in their local communities across the country.

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If you do one thing to support the climate strikers today ...

Posted on May 24, 2019 by Oisín Coghlan

Friends of the Earth supports the schools strikes 4 climate

Vote.

If you do one thing to support the school climate strikers today, vote. Almost all of the school climate strikers are too young to vote. But it's their future that is at stake. So if you have a vote today, please use your power. Elections are won by those that show up. Show up for the future. Vote for the candidates that you think will prioritize the future of the kids on the streets today.

Then please do show your support for the strikers online:

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FoEE supports the strikes

And if you can join them on the streets please do.

Here are the latest details of the strikes around the country:

Final SCAN info 24 May
                  Final FFF info 24 May

Listen to this Friends of the Earth Europe podcast with strikers:

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Let's make Friday a Friday for the Future

Posted on May 22, 2019 by Oisín Coghlan

It's an emergency now act like it

Our politicians have declared a climate and biodiversity emergency. Now we have to get them to act like it.

This Friday we have the levers of power.

1) You can support the second global school strike.

2) You can #voteclimate and #votenature in the European Parliament elections.

One out, all out

On March 15th, over 1.6 million people across the world took part in the first global school strike for climate in over 120 countries, with at least 15,000 in Ireland, and the next Global Climate Strike is this Friday 24th May.

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Decentralised Organising by David McMullin

Posted on May 02, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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Friends of the Earth supported this training in decentralised organising in mid April. David Mc Mullin, member of Young Friends of the Earth, Not Here Not Anywhere and also member of the Friends of the Earth board has written this article to tell us all about it.

"What, you might ask, is decentralised organising? Some groups might say they operate with less hierarchy and more collaboration, or that they are aiming to cooperate and avoid the kinds of toxic power structures seen in so many organisations. At the end of the day we see various terms referring to similar things - many groups, including voluntary organisations, NGOs and business, want to organise themselves without bosses while maximising inclusion, participation, mutual care, trust and productivity.

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Shop and Drop is driving the agenda!

Posted on April 18, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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Shop And Drop Supermarket Spree has officially been launched!

This community-led wave of on-going supermarket action kicked off on Saturday April 13th. Instead of having a single centrally-organised day of action - we’re asking communities, groups and individuals to continue the action until supermarkets implement further changes to eliminate unnecessary plastic packaging. And it's starting to have an impact already!

Oisín, Friends of the Earth Director, was invited to join the Claire Byrne Live panel on Monday night along with Repak, to discuss plastic packaging.

You can catch up here at this link.

Oisin on Claire Byrne Live April 2019

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Introducing the Growing Together Project

Posted on April 18, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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Growing Together is a Young Friends of the Earth Europe project across seven European Countries, including Ireland, which aims to provides a voice for young people, particularly those from rural areas, to engage with crucial debates on the future of food production, and the wider debates on the future of Europe.

Triona, staff member of Friends of the Earth and active member of Young Friends of the Earth, will be coordinating a programme of activities and opportunities for young people in Ireland to join workshops and trainings in Ireland and other European partner countries over the next two years.

The project kicked off back in November 2018 with four young people travelling to Denmark for training on engaging rural youths in conversations and actions related to food sovereignty.

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Shop and Drop Supermarket Spree launches this weekend!

Posted on April 12, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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Tomorrow, Saturday April 13th, is the big day - we’re launching the next wave of action on supermarket plastic packaging!

57 local actions with over 330 individuals have registered on the Sick of Plastic online platform, ready to Shop and Drop from this weekend.

The action is easy – anyone can take part!

Just do your grocery shop as normal but remove the excess plastic from your purchases after payment and place unwanted plastic in the bins provided in-store.

We now have 17,000 names on our plastic petition but want to hit 20,000 after this weekend. Groups all across the country will be collecting signatures outside supermarkets - and you can help gather signatures too!

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Youth Voices on MEP Climate Action

Posted on April 11, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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"If climate isn't on your agenda, you shouldn't be running at all" - just one of the messages delivered to MEP candidates at the event hosted at Europe House this week.

On April 9th, the Irish office of the European Parliament was packed with people who came to hear young people speak about what they want to see MEP candidates do to tackle the climate crisis if elected. Two panels of young people took centre stage with MEP candidates sat in the audience and listened to them. The lively and moving event featured on RTE's Nine O’Clock News - watch it back at this link.

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Upcoming events, and a dig out for the student strikers

Posted on March 22, 2019 by Oisín Coghlan

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Over 10,000 students packed the length of Molesworth Street from the Dáil to Dawson street on 15 March 2019

We have quite a few events coming up, so I thought I’d compile them all into one email. There’s a couple in Dublin, one in Cork, and one is nationwide. We’re also planning further events around the country in the coming months.

Don’t Owe – Shouldn’t Pay

Dublin Event
When: Monday March 25th, 6:30pm - 8pm
Where: Connolly Books, 43 Essex Street East, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
More info and register for your free ticket here.

Cork Event
When: Tuesday March 26th, 6:30pm - 8pm
Where: UCC WW9, University College Cork, West Wing Building, Room WW9, Cork
More info and register for your free ticket here.

We’re teaming up with Financial Justice Ireland to bring you a workshop exploring debt relief from international monetary institutions with Heron Belfon, director of Jubilee Caribbean in Grenada.

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Don't Owe, Shouldn't Pay! Why Caribbean nations need a debt deal

Posted on March 13, 2019 by Meaghan Carmody

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Get your FREE ticket here.

Join Financial Justice Ireland & Friends of the Earth to discuss how climate chaos is fuelling natural disasters and a debt crisis in poor Caribbean island nations like Grenada.

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