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Young Friends of the Earth is an autonomous group of young environmental activists. A group of them travelled to Copenhagen by bus.

Take Action: Stop the (Anti) Heritage Slash and Burn Bill!

Posted on November 08, 2016 by Young Friends of the Earth

heritage bill

The 'slash and burn' or Heritage bill that Heather Humphreys TD is trying to introduce will come before the Seanad on Wednesday afternoon, 9th of November 2016. If passed, the bill would allow the Minister to extend the time during which landowners could cut hedgerows and burn scrub. It would allow for the burning of scrub in March and the cutting of hedgerows in August, which is currently not permitted. This is highly worrying as during these months birds are either preparing to build nests or are still nesting. As well as birds, these landscapes provide habitats for countless other species of plants and insects and contribute to healthy ecosystems. Many rare bird species in Ireland are in dire straits and to extend the time allowed for 'slash and burn' would put them in an even more precarious position in our ecosystem. Additionally, our hedgerows also provide important 'food' for bees, as well as being fantastic carbon sinks.

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We stand with the Philipines

Posted on December 07, 2012 by Young Friends of the Earth

As the COP18 climate talks continue the Super Typhoon Bopha which hit the Philippines yesterday shows the devastating impacts of climate change and the necessity for concrete outcomes from the talks. The death toll has climbed to more than 270 people with over 170,000 people fleeing their homes. This is the 16th extreme weather event to hit the Philippines this year and this typhoon is yet another example of how the Global South are bearing the brunt of the impacts of climate change.

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Why I'm looking forward to Rio+40

Posted on June 12, 2012 by Young Friends of the Earth

By Jamie Gorman.

In 1992, when the nations of the world came together at the Rio Earth Summit, the closest thing to pollution I was thinking about was my dirty nappy. Now, as Rio+20 gets underway, I am a graduate about to head out into the world as a community worker. During my journey from cot to climate activism a lot has changed in the world. Yet the principles of the 1992 Rio Declaration stand as a radical and inspirational avowal from 172 nations-representing 98% of the world's population- that they no longer wanted to build a world on unsustainability, injustice and inequity.

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Land Grabs - Liberia's Titanic Problem

Posted on April 17, 2012 by Young Friends of the Earth

Cartoon - Titanic Fair Share - Titanic Cartoon
Titanic Cartoon

 

by Jamie Gorman

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COP15 Blog by Ali

Posted on December 17, 2009 by Young Friends of the Earth

Time for protest alone is over'This is my first trip with young friends of the earth and one of the first actions I've taken part in. There doesn't seem to be any way to ease into this gently. The time to act, as they say on the streets, is now!

The word in the Bella Centre in the halls where decisions are made behind partly close
doors, seems a little different. Their time or so it seems, is maybe to act
next year, or maybe they don't need to act at all, perhaps those that pollute
can buy their way through this climate crisis. There is so much money to be
made after all and why leave the oil in the soil when you can pay someone to
offset for you?

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Blog by Leah

Posted on December 17, 2009 by Young Friends of the Earth

With all the money being thrown around here you would think they could do something about the bloody heating. Maybe its a subconscious corporate lobbying tactic - keep the room temperature in the COP 15 UN Conference centre low, and all those pesky environmental activists wont be so adamant about preventing global warming after all! If the FoEI delegation need something to get hot headed about, however, they need not look any farther than yesterdays announcement by a number of developed countries that have made proposals to merge the two tracks of negotiations going on, the Kyoto Protocol track and the Working Group on Long term Cooperative Action - there is a fear that this will mean a suspension of the only legally binding agreement on a reduction in carbon emissions for developed countries, while merging the two tracks may mean reducing the involvement of developing countries, for whom climate change will have the most devastating effects.

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Kevin's Blog

Posted on December 15, 2009 by Young Friends of the Earth

I got to say that being on a bus for 24 hours is quite an interesting experience. You almost forget what it is like to not be on a bus. Even so straight off the bus to Copenhagen things has been non-stop. I quickly realized that the scale of what is going on here is massive. The vast number of people who have flooded to the city during the conference is far beyond what I would have expected. And at first a lot of it was quite overwhelming. This was partially because my lack of knowledge about what was going on. I was quite new and needed to get a substantial update on what FoE had been doing so far. This probably could have taken up to a year if it wasn't for everyone's help to do it in just about one day.

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