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Reflections on COP26 - with some resources to watch and read

Posted on November 18, 2021 by Emma-Jayne Geraghty

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I’m back in Ireland after my trip to Glasgow for COP26 with 16 year old youth activist Amy O’Brien. What a trip it was. We left Glasgow full of mixed feelings and emotions.

Rage as the leaders of rich countries continue to refuse to do their fair share, turning their backs on the poorest of the world - who face a crisis of COVID 19, rising inequalities and climate apartheid.

Heartbreak for the 138 developing countries, representing 5 billion people, whose proposal for a Loss and Damage Finance Facility to help deal with devastating climate impacts was blocked by rich countries like the EU, US and UK.

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My experience at COP26 - some reflections from youth activist Amy O'Brien

Posted on November 17, 2021 by Guest Blogger

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A guest blog by youth climate justice activist Amy O'Brien (she/her) who travelled to COP26 with our Head of Movement Building, Emma Jayne Geraghty. Amy reflects on her experience in Glasgow during the Climate Talks. 

I travelled to Glasgow for COP26 by ferry and trains, I was fortunate to also have a very central hotel as well. Many activists slept on people’s floors and often travelled each day from Edinburgh; if they could make it at all. I loved the autumnal train journey through the valleys of England and Scotland, there was a beautiful view of nature from my seat!

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Update on our Learning Hub

Posted on November 05, 2021 by Deirdre Duff

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Our Learning Hub is a carefully curated space for discussion, critical thinking, peer education and building a sense of solidarity.

We run webinars and workshops that are loosely based on themes emerging from books we have chosen as Learning Hub “core texts”.

Our current books are:

  • Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future by Mary Robinson.
  • Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move by Reece Jones.
  • On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal by Naomi Klein.
  • Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities by Rebecca Solnit

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Permanent link | Categories: activismLearning HubEducationAutumn Newsletter 2021

Update on Movement Building - Youth Workshops

Posted on November 05, 2021 by Deirdre Duff

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Our movement building circle has been running lots of workshops and events aimed at young people who are interested in climate action and social justice. We’ve also been running a series of youth assemblies for school children, as part of our Solar Schools project - read more about them in our update on Power to the People.

Youth Workshop on CoP26

We collaborated with the National Youth Council of Ireland to host an all day youth workshop on the COP26 UN Global Climate Talks. The workshop brought together young people from across Ireland to learn how the COP Climate Talks work and how young people can make their voices heard. We heard directly from young people who have attended previous UN Climate Talks bringing in Irish, European and international perspectives.

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Update on One Future

Posted on November 05, 2021 by Deirdre Duff

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One Future is the network of local climate campaign groups supported by Friends of the Earth and Stop Climate Chaos. It is the network to join if you want to deepen your climate campaigning and take the next step after emailing your TDs or signing our petitions. The One Future network will help connect you with other people living in your area who are concerned about climate change and who want to take collective action with other people in their constituency.

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Permanent link | Categories: activismclimatechangeOne FutureAutumn Newsletter 2021

Update on Sick of Plastic

Posted on November 05, 2021 by Deirdre Duff

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Planet or Plastic outdoor exhibition

The Sick of Plastic campaign that we run with VOICE Ireland has brought a spectacular National Geographic photographic exhibition to Ireland.

The exhibition tells the story behind plastic from its invention just over a century ago to its current mass consumption. It deals with how the plastic crisis came about, explores the scope of the problem and looks at how we can each be a part of the solution.



Plastic has revolutionized medicine, extended the shelf life of fresh food and enabled the delivery of clean drinking water to those without it. When used in airbags or helmets, it saves lives. Yet, despite its utility and convenience, plastic is doing terrible damage to the health of our planet.

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Permanent link | Categories: activismSick of PlasticAutumn Newsletter 2021

COP26 won't deliver Climate Justice but we can! Ways to take action this weekend

Posted on November 04, 2021 by Deirdre Duff

COP26 day of action for climate justice

Less than 48 hours to go until the Global Day of Action for Climate Justice! And if ever there was a need for climate justice it is now. 

The COP26 climate talks are underway and it’s been hard to stomach. Rich countries have failed to commit to their fair share of emission reductions. As a result, the climate action pledges submitted so far would leave us with 2.7 to 3 degrees of warming, far from the 1.5 degree limit we so badly need.

Not only that, but rich countries have broken their promises to provide climate finance to help poorer countries deal with climate impacts and roll out their own climate action plans.

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System Reset National Youth Assembly

Posted on October 14, 2021 by Deirdre Duff

System Reset National Youth Assembly

Are you aged under 30? Or do you know a young person of that age who is interested in climate action and social justice?

Young people have been coming together through our System Reset project to explore the root causes of climate change and inequality. They’ve come up with solutions to these big issues to be raised with political leaders.

We’re excited to announce that these solutions will be showcased during our System Reset National Youth Assembly on 19th October. This assembly is open to people under 30 and will take place from 6pm to 8pm. Registration closes at 2pm on 18th October.

Click here to register for the Youth Assembly


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COP on! Why should young people care about our planet and COP26?

Posted on September 17, 2021 by Emma-Jayne Geraghty


All Day Youth Workshop: Online via Zoom

When: 25th of September Time: 10 - 4pm

To register click here

Friends of the Earth is partnering with the National Youth Council of Ireland for a youth workshop on the COP26 International Climate Talks. We're inviting young people and youth workers to join us on 25th September. During the workshop, we will be hear from young campaigners and activists and explore how issues that affect them will be discussed and negotiated at international level through the United Nations Climate talks.

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Hope in the Dark - a workshop to build resilience and active hope

Posted on August 18, 2021 by Deirdre Duff

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The IPCC’s startling report on the climate crisis has left many of us reeling. Its publication this summer was a real wake up call, motivating people to get involved in climate action, some for the first time.

But it has also left people feeling anxious.

There’s no doubt about it, the growing social and ecological crises can make us feel overwhelmed. We may feel apathetic - or unable to engage in taking action.

At Friends of the Earth, we want to address these issues and feelings. So we’ve invited Undercurrent Education to facilitate an Active Hope workshop for our next Learning Hub event at 6pm on Monday 20th September. We’ll explore themes of resilience & active hope emerging from Rebecca Solnit’s book ‘Hope in the Dark’.

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