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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

This could be our last chance to improve the Climate Bill before it becomes law.

Posted on June 02, 2015 by Oisín Coghlan

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Alan Kelly at Poolbeg

I've just heard that Minister Alan Kelly will debate changes to the Climate Bill with a committee of key TDs in just 7 days time.

Please tell Minister Kelly to strengthen the Bill.

Alan Kelly has told the Dáil he is considering possible amendments to the draft law. We need to make sure the changes aren't just window dressing, that they actually make the law stronger, by clearly indicating how much we plan to reduce emissions by 2050, by ensuring that the independence of the Expert Advisory Body is explicitly guaranteed and by committing to climate justice as a guiding principle.

Tell Alan Kelly to act now.

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I'm chairing this Public Meeting in Buswells this evening ...

Posted on February 10, 2015 by Oisín Coghlan

I'm chairing what should be a great panel discussion on the Climate Bill and climate justice this evening, Tuesday 10th, at 6.30pm in Buswells Hotel in Molesworth Street, across from Leinster House.

Speakers include:

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=> Lidy Nacpil - Convenor of the Philippines Movement for Climate Justice.
=> Niamh Garvey - Trocaire's Environmental Justice Policy Officer
=> Prof. Barry McMullin - Chair of the An Taisce Climate Change Committee

Nevermind us Irish NGO-types, it's really worth coming to hear Lidy. She is a hugely experienced international campaigner on economic justice issues and was International Coordinator of Jubilee South for 9 years. She continues to work on tax and debt justice as well as climate. You can see videos of Lidy in action here.

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Our great 2015 calendar is now available. And Happy New Year from all in Friends of the Earth.

Posted on January 05, 2015 by Oisín Coghlan

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We think our 2015 Calendar is our best yet. Check it out here.

You can buy it online now for just €12.

It features stunning photos of Greenland by photographer Daragh Muldowney. He says of his trip:

"For me, it is a pursuit of beauty, a continuous search for inspiring visions of Nature. Greenland is a place of raw and abundant beauty, one of the few truly wild places left on our planet."

We're thrilled Daragh has given us 13 of his spectacluar images for our 2015 Calendar. You can see the full calendar here.

Publication cover - Friends of the Earth Ireland Calendar 2015It's yours for just €12. And if you want a few for friends we'll give you 5 for €50!

Happy New Year from everyone in the Friends of the Earth office.

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Everything you need to know about the UN climate talks in Lima, Peru.

Posted on December 10, 2014 by Oisín Coghlan

climate justice infographic taster

Ministers from around the world are in Lima, Peru this week to negotiate the outline of a global deal to tackle climate change.

Prof John Sweeney, Ireland's leading climate scientist, is there as an observer on the Irish Government delegation. We're posting his reflections on our Blog. Here's a taster from his take on yesterday's proceedings:

"The star of the show today was once again President Evo Morales from neighbouring Bolivia. Now in his third term, this first President of Bolivia to emerge from the indigenous population, Evo has always been a fiery and compelling orator and his speech today did not disappoint."

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Alex White, new energy minister, has a key role now in fight against climate change

Posted on July 11, 2014 by Oisín Coghlan

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Congrats to Alex White TD on taking over as Miniser for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. A key Department in the fight against climate change.

Here is the Minister speaking as Labour leader in the Seanad, at the end of a debate on the Climate Protection Bill in October 2007, in response to Minister John Gormley and others.

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Senator Dominic Hannigan: Information on Dominic Hannigan Zoom on Dominic Hannigan I wish to raise a point of order. Reference was made to the Labour Party’s voting record in regard to the Climate Change Targets Bill in November 2005. The record shows clearly that we voted——

Acting Chairman (Labhrás Ó Murchú): Information on Labhrás Ó Murchú Zoom on Labhrás Ó Murchú A point of order can relate only to procedure and cannot respond to the Minister.

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Phil's parting shot?

Posted on July 07, 2014 by Oisín Coghlan

Phil Hogan and the emus

The Irish Mirror reported on Friday that Minister Hogan's Department had circulated a 54-page list of his achievements and concluded that "the general feeling is that he will not return to this Department either way" after the reshuffle.

The report has now been posted online and carries the very formal title Progress Update on the Programme of Reform from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government

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Election Round-up: MEP hustings and ratings. Fracking the locals. And *that* Bill.

Posted on May 07, 2014 by Oisín Coghlan

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It's election time and there are a number of ways that you can have your say even before polling day on 23rd May.

Young Friends of the Earth are having a hustings with European Parliament candidates in Dublin on Thursday 15th May, at 7pm in The Greenhouse on Andrew Street, D2. More info here.

The Environmental Pillar is having euro-hustings in all three constituencies. In Carrick-on-Shannon this Thursday 8th, in Cork next Tuesday 13th and in Dublin on Friday 16th. You can register here.

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Climate Bill 2014 - highlights and summary of reaction

Posted on April 23, 2014 by Oisín Coghlan

IMG_4032 Snowmen protest at Custom House, urging Gormley to publish Climate Change Bill

So, the Government has finally published the Heads of its Climate Action Bill.

In a nutshell:
It took two years for them to replublish last year the Fianna Fail / Green Party Bill - with all the targets taken out, and the "independence" of the expert advisory body further weakened. Ignoring the outcome of their own extensive public consultation along the way. And now, a year later, they have strenghtened the expert body but ignored some of the key recommendations of the Oirachtas Committee who carried out extensive stakeholder hearings last year.

Oh, and these are still only the Heads. They have promised to introduce the full Bill in the Dáil before the summer recess.

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4 tests for the revised climate Bill

Posted on April 14, 2014 by Oisín Coghlan

Weak Climate Bill 1 - Stop Climate Chaos coalition slams Climate Bill as too weak to work.
Stop Climate Chaos coalition slams Climate Bill as too weak to work.

A year ago, Friends of the Earth said the Government's draft Climate Bill was "like a car without an engine" and Stop Climate Chaos called it simply "too weak to work".
But the public hearings held by the Oireachtas Joint Committee last summer were very inclusive and thorough. Their subsequent report represents common ground across political parties and among a wide range of stakeholders on the contents of the Bill. Secondly, the process of developing a revised Heads of Bill is a test of the political reforms initiated by this Government to improve the democratic process by increasing the legislative role played by Oireachtas Committees. The courses of action highlighted in the report point to areas where significant improvements can be made to the Heads of Bill. While they are not as strong as we in would have liked, we believe they are the minimum that need to be reflected in the Bill in order to ensure its effectiveness. Specifically:

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What has the IPCC ever done for you?

Posted on September 25, 2013 by Oisín Coghlan

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

On Friday the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will publish the first part of it's new assessment report on climate science. The last one, in 2007, won it the Nobel Peace Prize. 

You can join me and Prof John Sweeney for a "first look" at the report and what it means at a Stop Climate Chaos event in the Science Gallery at lunchtime on Friday.

Here's a quick overview of why I think it matters. Come along on Friday for a fuller picture, disucssion and a chance to power the whole event uisng Gavin Harte's bicycle generator.

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