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Oisín Coghlan

Oisín Coghlan has been Director of Friends of the Earth Ireland since 2005. Oisín heads the panel of representatives of the Environmental Pillar of Social Partnership and sits on the National Economic and Social Council (NESC). read more

Don't let Sir Humphrey hobble the Climate Bill!

Posted on February 17, 2021 by Oisín Coghlan

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I wrote last week about some updates on the Climate Bill. I mentioned that 2021 should be the year when Ireland finally gets a new, stronger, Climate Law. I was pretty apprehensive about putting those words on paper - fearing I may be tempting fate!
Well….unfortunately I was right to be apprehensive. The Government is currently making its final decisions on the Climate Law and some alarm bells are starting to ring . Unless we apply strong pressure now, there’s a risk that the Climate Law could be watered down. So can you  take this e-action I shared last week without delay? Asking your TDs to ensure the Government listens to the Joint Committee on Climate Action’s recommendations to strengthen the Climate Bill - instead of doing the opposite and making it weaker.

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Crunch time for the Climate Law - action time for us all!

Posted on February 12, 2021 by Oisín Coghlan

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I’m almost scared to say it out loud - for fear of jinxing things. But here goes anyway….2021 should finally be the year that Ireland gets a new, stronger, Climate Law.
I’ve got to admit, when the draft law was published last autumn I was disappointed. But a huge movement rose up, determined to make this law better. The actions of Friends of the Earth supporters - along with countless other activists, groups and organisations - were immense. Whether you took an e-action, called your TD or took part in the TD Lobby in December, your action has made a real difference.

The Oireachtas Committee tasked with scrutinizing the draft Climate Law really felt our pressure! This Committee has now produced a very good report, with a list of recommendations to strengthen the law. Having this report is a powerful tool in our campaigning tool box. Now we just need to use it! It’s crucial that the Government accepts the report’s recommendations - and addresses some remaining weaknesses in the Bill. So could you email your TDs asking them to ensure the Government does this? The Government will make its final decisions on the Climate Law in the next couple of weeks - so there’s no time to lose!

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TD Lobby for Faster and Fairer Climate Action

Posted on November 24, 2020 by Oisín Coghlan

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Join Ireland’s biggest online TD Lobby for Faster and Fairer Climate Action!

Talking to your TDs is a powerful way to act on the climate crisis and right now there is so much to talk about.

If 1000+ people across Ireland meet their TDs online it will have a serious effect on how our government acts on climate.

So, are you up for it?

You'll be supported by Stop Climate Chaos and people in your local area.

You don't need to be an expert, you just need to turn up!

How does it work?

1. Register for the TD Lobby by clicking here. This will let you receive a Zoom link that you can use to join the lobby on the day.

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Close the loopholes in the Climate Bill

Posted on October 23, 2020 by Oisín Coghlan

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It’s hard to believe but Ireland could have a strong climate law before the year is out.

For the first time ever - and after years of campaigning - this is actually a distinct possibility. But - and this is what fills me with dread - there’s also a chance that this climate law could end up unfit for purpose.

Friends of the Earth, working with our partners in the Stop Climate Chaos coalition, have identified some very concerning loopholes in the climate law’s draft text. Loopholes that could undermine the law’s ability to drive emission reductions.

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A Shared Vision of a Just Recovery

Posted on October 19, 2020 by Oisín Coghlan

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In recent weeks, Friends of the Earth was privileged to be involved in an amazing collaboration to produce “A Shared Vision for a Just Recovery”. This was published just before the budget last week and endorsed by 14 national coalitions and 50+ organizations from all sectors of Irish civil society, from trade unions to women’s and youth advocates, to community and homelessness organizations.

Together we laid out six principles for a fair and sustainable recovery from the social and economic shock of the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more here

Introducing the joint statement to the media, I commented:

“The coronavirus pandemic has turned the world upside down. It has exposed not only major weaknesses in Ireland’s economy and health services but also deep-seated inequalities.

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Catch up on Climate Action - October 2020

Posted on October 19, 2020 by Oisín Coghlan

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On October 13th 2005 we launched our very first e-action to get all 166 TDs in the Dáil to sign a Climate Pledge promising that Ireland would do its fair share to tackle global climate change. And last week marked our 15 year anniversary! This e-action enabled the public to email their local TDs urging them to sign the pledge for the very first time.

Now fast-forward 15 years to today and our team is working away to ensure the Government pass a strong Climate Law. And emailing TDs and taking e-actions has become the bread and butter of our campaigns!

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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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Watch it Back - Agriculture's Contribution to Climate Action Webinar

Posted on May 17, 2020 by Oisín Coghlan

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Ireland needs the agriculture sector to make a real contribution to emissions reduction if we are going to do anything like our fair share to contain climate breakdown and fulfil the Paris Agreement.

But how much? And how? This debate can be fraught with confusing scientific information and no little spinning. Well, we're here to try and untangle it for you.

Watch our recent webinar on What Contribution can Agriculture make to Climate Action where were joined by our policy expert Sadhbh O'Neill to explain what's going on, along with Oonagh Duggan of BirdWatch Ireland and Ailbhe Gerrard of Brookfield Farm.

Watch it back here.

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Watch it back - Webinar on 7% Emissions Reduction

Posted on May 01, 2020 by Oisín Coghlan

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If you missed last night's webinar 'Why is everyone talking about 7% and what does it mean?' - fear not, you can watch the recording below!

Invite your TD to join you for a cup of tea online, and a briefing on Climate Action. We'll provide the Zoom, and the experts, you bring your TD and your Tea, and we'll talk about what's important for climate action for the next Government. Click here to join this action!

Politicians looking to form a government are focused on the idea of 7% emissions reduction. But what does this number really mean and what are climate campaigners saying about it?

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7 things you should know about the 7% emissions reduction rate everyone is talking about

Posted on April 30, 2020 by Oisín Coghlan

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Join this webinar this evening to find out more. The panel includes Prof John Sweenet, Dr Cara Augustenborg and Sadhbh O'Neill. Meantime, here's my 7 things to know about 7%.

1. It’s grounded in science and backed by the UN

Every year the United Nations Environment Programme publishes an “emissions gap” report, which analyses the gap between how much countries are planning to cut emissions and what is required to keep global heating to 1.5C, the goal of the Paris Agreement.

Last November the main headline from the UNEP Emissions Gap report was that we need to “cut global emissions by 7.6 percent every year for the next decade to meet 1.5°C Paris target”.

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