As someone who has pushed for the climate crisis to be treated like an emergency for 10 years it is weird to sit at home watching what it’s like when our elected leaders actually do take an existential threat seriously. And thank God they do. The coronavirus is like nothing any of us under 100 years of age have seen in our lifetimes.
Thank you to our panelists and participants for tuning into our webinar 'Energy Democracy & Community Power' yesterday evening.
Cliona Sharkey, Policy Advisor with Trócaire, Paul Kenny, CEO of Tipperary Energy Agency and John Fogarty of Community Power, Ireland’s first community owned electricity supplier joined us for a lively discussion on the question;
How can we build energy democracy in our communities so that everyone has access to community power?
If you missed it, you can watch it back here in the video below.
Guest blog, by Friends of the Earth Chairperson, Marion Briggs.
Notes on the Global Response: Coronavirus versus Climate Change
Like many in the climate change movement, I have been struck by the speed, urgency and depth of the global response to the coronavirus pandemic, and wondered why we haven’t been able to translate the climate crisis into the same type of global action. I’m still in the slightly baffled stage, although I am fairly sure that outrage will follow at some point.
Our Spring Sunrise Swim is cancelled, but hope is not lost.
Weeks ago, the thought of having to cancel our next sea swim crossed our minds. But our concerns then were because of the storms. Nothing could have prepared us for what we are now living. The world seems like a very different place.
Yes, things are very different. Many of us have turned our kitchen tables into our office. We're no longer meeting in rooms together, but through online video calls. We're fortunate we can do this. Many people cannot continue working, and have little way of connecting.
Do you want to explore how climate change connects to other issues of injustice? Do you have a sense there are root causes resulting in these injustices? And do you want to learn skills for getting others involved in change-making for real impact?
This course aims to offer a space to explore the environmental issues of our time, how they intersect, what some of the root causes are, and some tools and strategies for taking action. We will collectively explore the issues over the course of the 6 sessions, with reading materials provided for each week.
COVID-19 seems to be taking over everything; the news, email inboxes, social media, and conversations around the dinner table. It's overwhelming.
I'm sure you have multiple emails coming at you with precautionary information on how to take care and avoid risks. This is a post on how to take care, but not purely because of COVID-19. Because taking care should be considered important all of the time.
The reality is, life is always uncertain. We never know what tomorrow will bring, and we cannot control that. But what we can do is take care of ourselves and look out for each other.
Here's some suggestions on how to stay healthy and strong, during times of increased uncertainty.
ALMOST NO-KNEAD BREAD (this is a doubled recipe, halve to make single)
Oana Marian is a writer and activist living in Dublin, who makes beautiful bread and brings it to almost every activist and community get together. Every activist gathering should involve beautifully baked bread.
Voting and judging for Solar Schools 2020 is now complete. The winners were judged by an independent judging panel following the results of an online public vote.
Schools were tasked with coming up with an idea for a local climate action project. And as expected, students in Ireland have fantastic ideas. The winners will now complete their climate action project, and will get solar pv panels designed and installed at their school.
We are very grateful for financial support for this project from the following organisations. It would not be possible without them.
The winners for Solar Schools 2020 are:
Primary Schools Winners
Guardian Angels, Blackrock, Co Dublin St Brigids National School Grange, Co Carlow Scoil Naomh Brid, Co Donegal Mercy Moyderwell, Tralees, Co Kerry