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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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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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Transformative Political Education: Read and Watch Lists

Posted on July 03, 2020 by Meaghan Carmody

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A commitment to a continuing process of critical thinking is a necessary tool in every change-maker’s repository.

The more students work at storing the deposits entrusted to them, the less they develop the critical consciousness which would result from their intervention in the world as transformers of that world. The more completely they accept the passive role imposed on them, the more they tend simply to adapt to the world as it is and to the fragmented view of reality deposited in them.

- Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

By expanding our critical awareness of the world around us, by interrogating the root causes of systemic injustices, and by challenging ourselves to unlearn what has been inculcated within us, we transform ourselves and the world we live in.

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Social Movement Ecology

Posted on July 03, 2020 by Meaghan Carmody

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In a recent workshop we ran for STAND’s Ideas Collective programme, participants were asked what came to mind when they heard the word ecosystem.

Harmony. Diversity. Many parts to make a whole. Working together. Collaboration.

This set the stage for a rich discussion on ‘Social Movement Ecology’, informed by a recent two-part online training for activists in Ireland led by the folks at the Ayni Institute.

Ayni (Quechua, also spelled Ayniy or Aini) can refer to either the concept of reciprocity or mutualism among people of the Andean mountain communities or the practice of this concept.        

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PfG Your questions answered

Posted on July 01, 2020 by Friends of the Earth

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In advance of our webinar on the Programme for Government (June 23rd), we asked our supporters to submit questions about the proposed Programme that we could put to our panellists. We received over 300 questions, which were grouped into topics that then formed the basis of our webinar discussion. Unfortunately, we didn’t get time during the webinar to address every question or topic, but here is a flavour of what issues did come up, and what was particularly important for our supporters to have more information on. 

 

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Sick of Plastic Supermarket Postcard Campaign

Posted on June 30, 2020 by Claudia Tormey

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Sick of Plastic had to cancel this year's Shop and Drop - but the action to demand change from supermarkets keeps going!

Shoppers, anti-plastic activists and local Sick of Plastic groups are planning to send their signed Sick of Plastic Postcards to Supermarkets with a personal note asking their local supermarket to make changes and eliminate unnecessary plastic packaging from its produce.

The action is kicking off this week for Plastic Free July! 

You can get started by signing a digital postcard here on the action page.

Postcard Back - Demands

 

Physical postcards are available at hubs across the country so you can sign and send in your own postcard, find your nearest hub here on this map.

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Colonialism, Capitalism & Patriarchy – some words from the Galway Feminist Collective

Posted on June 22, 2020 by Guest Blogger

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As an intersectional feminist group we think it is important to organise around environmental issues. We recognise that the same system of domination that harms us also harms the planet and that the struggles against sexism, racism and climate change are connected.

We see that the root of a lot of different crises can be found in the systems of capitalism, colonialism and patriarchy.

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