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Solar Schools - For the Love of Solar

Posted on February 24, 2020 by Friends of the Earth

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Voting is now live for the Friends of the Earth Solar Schools 2020 competition!!

Our 'For the love of solar' competition is deisgned to help schools all over Ireland to go solar. With thanks to our generous funders, next week we willl be announcing at least 8 schools as winners of solar panels, 4 primary and 4 secondary schools.  But really, we think every school should be a solar school. In fact we think every school, community building, sports club and local authority should go solar, to generate clean renewbale energy right from their rooftops. 

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We've Switched our Power - and you can too?

Posted on February 20, 2020 by Friends of the Earth

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We have been working for years to support policy and legislation changes to enable people and communities take part in the energy transition.  And now, it's becoming real!  Our great friends and partners in the development of Ireland's first Community based Virtual Power Plant, Community Power have become a licenced supplier of electricity, and we've just switch our office electricity so we are buying electricity that is clean, renewable and owned by citizens and communities. And today, if you have a house, business or community enterprise, you can switch too!

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For The Love Of Solar! 2 Weeks To Go!

Posted on January 31, 2020 by Friends of the Earth

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WIN SOLAR PANELS for your local school!

Young people all over Ireland calling for climate action while sitting in classrooms and learning in old buildings powered by fossil fuels. Meanwhile, Friends of the Earth are building a movement behind solar power in Ireland, that’s why we are running a competition to put solar panels on schools

Enter Now!!

This competition is an excellent opportunity for communities to participate in renewable energy generation, and schools are the ideal place for valuable community-based education to occur. The competition will play an important role in encouraging communities to take the first step on their sustainable energy journey.

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Renewable Electricity Public Consultation (RESS)

Posted on January 15, 2020 by Friends of the Earth

The Government is consulting with the public on the next renewable electricity support scheme - The Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS). Ireland can meet only about 30% of its electricity needs from renewables, so we really really need a new support scheme to allow more renewable electricity projects to get built. This scheme would support 3,330 GWhrs of renewable electricity onto the Irish market from onshore wind, solar, hydro, waste to energy, biomass CHP and biogas CHP.

The details of the scheme can be found here, and submissions are requested by email to ress@dccae.gov.ie by 5pm, 17th February. 

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No Fracking. No.

Posted on October 04, 2019 by Friends of the Earth

We put everything into the campaign to fight against the LNG fracked gas terminals this week.  And so did our supporters!.Thank you! 

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What TDs need to know for the debate on fracked gas imports today

Posted on October 03, 2019 by Friends of the Earth

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99% of the gas that would be imported to a planned termnial on the Shannon would be fracked in the USA. The Dáil is currently debating whether the project should get special EU treatment and subsidies. Here's what TDs need to know. (To download a pdf briefing click here.)

The Irish Government are planning to go to Brussels tomorrow to table support with the European Commission for a Fracking Gas Terminal in Shannon 'Shannon LNG' and the reversal of the flow in the existing gas pipe that connects us wiht Scotland, so that we could become exporters of fracked gas across Europe. 

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Strike!!

Posted on September 20, 2019 by Friends of the Earth

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Today, September 20th, the Friends of the Earth office is closed.  We are joining the Global Climate Strike to
demand climate action.

Find your local strike at the link below and
join us on the streets.

Everyone is invited.  Everyone is needed. 

https://www.stopclimatechaos.ie/campaigns/support-the-climate-strike-movement/

"I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if
our house is on fire. Because it is" - Greta Thunberg

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Here Come the Sun - Power to the People

Posted on March 05, 2019 by Friends of the Earth

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A new law to force electricity companies to pay small renewable energy generators for their power was debated in Leinster House this week. 

It's hard to believe, it doesnt happen already, but small renewable energy generators in Ireland give their electricity to the grid for free if they can't use it all on site immediately. 

Kate Ruddock was giving evidence at the Oireachtas Committee meeting along with Paul Kenny from Tipperary Energy Agency, Jim Gannon from SEAI and Michael Manley from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. 

You can watch the debate online here,

or just Kate's speech here

Kate addressing Oireachtas Committee March 2019

"We met Leo Varadkar at Electric Picnic a few years ago. 

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Plastic Free July Series - Notes from California

Posted on July 09, 2018 by Friends of the Earth

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Marion Briggs joined us earlier this year as a volunteer, due to her enthusiasm she quickly became the driving force in planning the Sick of Plastic day of action on April 21st. Marion has since joined our board, a joyful member of the team.

Along with a number of Sick of Plastic campaigners, Marion has taken on the Plastic Free July challenge to try and refuse single use plastics. Spending her Summer back in her hometown in California, Marion shares her ups and downs of trying to live without plastic.

Plastic Free July - Notes from California

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Ireland Bans Fracking

Posted on July 10, 2017 by Friends of the Earth

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We've done it! Huge thanks to everyone involved.

On Thursday 6th July 2017, President Higgins signed the Bill to legally ban fracking in Ireland into law. 

The new law now makes it illegal for any one to look for or extract petroleum from Ireland's onshore.

The success of this campaign is down to the power of people working together to achieve a common goal. From the committed groups across Leitrim, to everyone who contacted their local TD, to those who signed our 11,000+ strong petition, those who showed up in the Dail and Seanad over the last few months, and those who held banners on the streets!  Everyone had a role to play.  Only together can we take on Government, and win!

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