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Launching a new Growing Together Booklet: Pathways to a Fair Food System in Ireland

Posted on September 30, 2020 by Deirdre Duff

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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.

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Watch it back - Seed Saving Workshop with Ourganic Gardens and the Gaia Foundation

Posted on September 29, 2020 by Deirdre Duff

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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We're hiring! Education & Outreach Officer needed (Youth & Community)

Posted on September 17, 2020 by Meaghan Carmody

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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.

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Report: The Role of Public Bodies in Driving Ireland’s Decarbonisation

Posted on September 07, 2020 by Deirdre Duff

The Role of Public Bodies in Driving Ireland's Decarbonisation - Final

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). 

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Stop Climate Chaos Webinar: The implications of the Supreme Court judgement in the Climate Case for climate action in Ireland

Posted on September 06, 2020 by Deirdre Duff

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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!

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Youth for Climate Justice - Get involved in the SYSTEM:RESET project today!

Posted on September 04, 2020 by Triona Reid

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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.

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Volunteer with Friends of the Earth

Posted on August 27, 2020 by Claudia Tormey

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We’re recruiting a volunteer Administration Assistant

Friends of the Earth is growing, and so is our workload. We’re in great need of someone with administrative experience to join and help our team succeed in campaigns and achieve our goals.

Administration Assistant will provide crucial support to the Friends of the Earth team, helping with day to day tasks and activities across all campaigns and areas of work.

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Upcoming Food and Farming Events - Join us this Harvest Season

Posted on August 26, 2020 by Triona Reid

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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.

Workshops & Talks 

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​​Reflecting on the Programme for Government 2020​​

Posted on August 04, 2020 by Oisín Coghlan

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​​The Programme for Government was a hot topic when it was published in June. It generated much discussion and debate among many in the climate movement. With that in mind, we’d like to share a few thoughts on Friends of the Earth’s approach to evaluating the Programme for Government 2020. ​​

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Some news from the Growing Together agri-activist group - a guest blog by Conor Haugh

Posted on July 30, 2020 by Deirdre Duff

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The Growing Together agri-activist group

New social media presence - follow us today

With summer in full swing, there are a lot of things to be excited about. And we, in the Growing Together agri-activist group, have even more for you. We're excited to say that we're launching our own social media presence. You can now find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. And, as if that wasn’t enough, we’re also offering you the chance to contribute to our latest project and win prizes for doing so!

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