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Another Win for Community Power!

Posted on July 23, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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Thanks to the generosity and action of our supporters, real change is now on the horizon.

Six weeks ago we emailed our supporters to tell them about a family home in Limerick that was forced to take down their solar panels becuase of a breach in planning permission rules. We asked you to chip in to help fund an appeal to change the rules. In order to unlock the potential for solar we need to break down lots of barriers like this. 

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On the Road to Plastic Free!

Posted on July 23, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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Breaking free from plastic is not just a personal journey, it's a global movement of millions of people pushing for bigger action on plastic production, consumption and waste.

And we have some good news to share!

In May 2019 the EU formally approved a pioneer legislation to curb single-use plastics and earlier this month the EU Single Use Plastic (SUP) Directive was adopted and made law. Member states, including Ireland, now have two years to adopt it into Irish law and ensure we are on track to reach its targets.

This milestone is all thanks to plastic free campaigners who demanded change from industry and government all across Europe.

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Active Hope - Two Webinars and One Event

Posted on July 17, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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Active Hope is something we do. And we're doing it together.

This month, we've been reading 'Active Hope' by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone and last week we hosted an online discussion with Chris Johnstone to introduce Active Hope, you can watch the recording here at this link.

In this webinar, Chris shares what inspired him to write the book and how it was born from a series of conversations with Joanna Macy. Chris was curious to find out what can we do to help us adequately respond to the climate crisis while sustaining our actions.

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Stand Up and Act for Plastic Free July!

Posted on July 08, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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It’s Plastic Free July! And we have two actions for you to help Ireland #BreakFreeFromPlastic!

Can you believe loose produce is actually more expensive than the same product wrapped in plastic? Supermarkets need to create incentives for people to do the right thing, not punish those who want to help the environment!

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Want to know more about 'Active Hope'?

Posted on July 04, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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Active Hope is one of the books featured in our new Book Club!

We have three opportunities coming up for you to learn about active hope and how it can help sustain our actions in the climate movement.

Online Q&A with author Chris Johnstone - Wednesday July 10th at 7:30pm

First up, we are hosting an online Q&A with Chris Johnstone, co-author of the book 'Active Hope'.

Just like our previous book club webinars, you can join from the comfort of your living room, kitchen table or back garden! You can tune in from your landline, mobile phone or your computer, simply register at this link to join.

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The Art of Facilitation, by Climate Activist Floss Adams

Posted on July 04, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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As part of a programme funded by The Wheel, Friends of the Earth have been given the opportunity to organise skill building workshops to support people who want to get more involved in the climate movement.

Together with Cultivate we hosted a facilitation training at the Fumbally Stables in Dublin, one of the participants, Floss Adams, shares her experience from the workshop below.

“Social Permaculture in a Regenerative Culture”

THE ART OF FACILITATION

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Summer Solstice Sea Swim Photos

Posted on July 01, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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It felt surreal, it was magic!

Looking back at our very first climate movement sea swim, it seems as though it could have been a dream. We really didn't know what to expect, so we were blown away at the huge turn out. Some people said there could have been 200 people at it! Thankfully, it was a beautiful morning, the sky was clear and the sea was calm. We're already talking about the next one, so stay tuned for updates soon!

Here's a few photos, taken from Young Friends of the Earth member, Reamonn McLoughlin who was kind enough to join and capture some of the morning's event. Check out Reamonn's Photography page on Facebook here at this link.

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Youth Activists Address MEPs on Climate

Posted on June 19, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

In the lead up to the MEP elections, Youth Activists came together to voice their demands on climate and how they want to see Irish European representatives act on climate.

Young Friends of the Earth member, Martina, captured some of the event in this video below.

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Sunrise Sea Swim For Climate

Posted on June 17, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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We are organising our very first climate movement sea swim, and we would love you to join us!

Those of us who care about environmental issues tend to spend a lot of time indoors planning, organising, emailing, going to meetings, talks and so on. Sometimes we forget to stop, and enjoy the beauty of nature - the very thing we are working to protect. And, spending time in nature has been proven to have positive effects on our mental and physical wellbeing.

Join us to welcome the sun, from the sea, on the longest, brightest day of the year - Summer Solstice!

When? 5:00am on Friday June 21st

Where? Seapoint beach, Dublin

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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

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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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