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Transformative Political Education: Read and Watch Lists

Posted on July 03, 2020 by Meaghan Carmody

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A commitment to a continuing process of critical thinking is a necessary tool in every change-maker’s repository.

The more students work at storing the deposits entrusted to them, the less they develop the critical consciousness which would result from their intervention in the world as transformers of that world. The more completely they accept the passive role imposed on them, the more they tend simply to adapt to the world as it is and to the fragmented view of reality deposited in them.

- Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

By expanding our critical awareness of the world around us, by interrogating the root causes of systemic injustices, and by challenging ourselves to unlearn what has been inculcated within us, we transform ourselves and the world we live in.

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Social Movement Ecology

Posted on July 03, 2020 by Meaghan Carmody

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In a recent workshop we ran for STAND’s Ideas Collective programme, participants were asked what came to mind when they heard the word ecosystem.

Harmony. Diversity. Many parts to make a whole. Working together. Collaboration.

This set the stage for a rich discussion on ‘Social Movement Ecology’, informed by a recent two-part online training for activists in Ireland led by the folks at the Ayni Institute.

Ayni (Quechua, also spelled Ayniy or Aini) can refer to either the concept of reciprocity or mutualism among people of the Andean mountain communities or the practice of this concept.        

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Coming up for Growing Together

Posted on June 18, 2020 by Triona Reid

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The Growing Together Activists are busy planning their next actions - watch this space for the following events, publications and activities!

July - Growing Together will be hosting a weekly social media take over showcasing the inspiring work of regenerative farmers, urban growers and other food activists around the country! If you are a farmer, grower or activist and you would like to be featured get in touch with Triona by emailing info@foe.ie.

August - Some of our Growing Together activists have been researching food sovereignty in the Irish context over the past few months. We will be releasing their much anticipated ‘Booklet on Food Sovereignty in Ireland’ in August with an online webinar. The booklet will be available for distribution online and in print.

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Catching up on Growing Together

Posted on June 17, 2020 by Triona Reid

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COVID-19 has brought our global food system into sharp focus. There is a thirst for knowledge and an eagerness to source local, sustainable food that is produced in harmony with nature and provides a living wage to farmers.

The Growing Together activist group, which is supported by Friends of the Earth, have been busy creating opportunities for people to learn more about food sovereignty in Ireland and how we can promote and engage with it. Here’s a quick round up of what the team have been up to over the past few months. Sign up here if you'd like to get involved!

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Catching up on Movement Building

Posted on June 17, 2020 by Meaghan Carmody

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We haven’t let social/physical distancing stop us from delivering our movement building trainings and events which aim to bring people together for sharing and building skills and knowledge to increase our collective impact and power in creating change.

Mobilise.Resist.Transform course, now in its third year, included sessions on intersectionality, extractivism and climate finance, communications, solidarity and moving forward. It was a pleasure to explore these issues with this year’s enthusiastic group of 25 people - we can’t wait to see what they do next.

For our final session in the System Change for a Just Transition seminar series we teamed up with the Galway Feminist Collective to present a webinar called ‘Women Resisting Climate Change in the Global South’.

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Have your say on the future of fossil gas in Europe!

Posted on June 10, 2020 by Meaghan Carmody

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Join this zoom call with Friends of the Earth, Not Here Not Anywhere, Food and Water Action Europe and the Gastivists Collective on June 18th to learn how to have your say on energy policy in Europe.

Register here at this link!

On the call, you will be:

  • Brought up to speed on the TEN-E (Trans-European Networks-Energy) Regulation
  • Learn how this impacts the notorious PCI Process which facilitated Shannon LNG
  • Receive submission guidelines from some of those working on resisting fossil gas across Europe

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Young FoE Europe Declaration on Food Sovereignty & Training

Posted on June 02, 2020 by Triona Reid

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From Friday June 5th, Friends of the Earth organisations from across Europe we will be running an exciting series of food sovereignty workshops, trainings & online events for young people (under 30).

We have fantastic line up of speakers, facilitators and activists AND the opportunity to meet with MEPs so young people can promote their demands on agriculture and food sovereignty at European level. The training will take the form of a series of online webinars.

Click Here to Register – Closing at midnight on June 2nd 2020.

 Schedule of the Food Sovereignty training:

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Join a Regional TD Calling Party!

Posted on May 27, 2020 by Meaghan Carmody

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The next week is crucial for the climate. 

Three parties are currently negotiating what's called a 'Programme for Government', and we need to do whatever we can to make sure this is as strong as possible. For people, and for the planet.

Can you join a Regional TD Call-a-Thon before June 5th, World Environment Day?

We think the following is a solid strategy for making an impact!

  • We know that when constituents speak to their TDs, TDs listen.
  • We also know that a stumbling block in talks is the notion that the desire for strong faster and fairer climate action doesn't come from all age groups and localities around the country.
  • What's more, we know that the TDs currently negotiating care about their image in the media.

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Watch it back - Women Resisting Climate Change in the Global South - Webinar

Posted on May 27, 2020 by Meaghan Carmody

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If you missed it, don't worry. We're recording all of our webinars so you can watch them in your own time.

Watch the webinar here at the link, or in the video below:

This webinar was co-organised by the Galway Feminist Collective and Friends of the Earth Ireland.

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Online Training: Movement Strategy and Movement Structure

Posted on May 14, 2020 by Meaghan Carmody

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We're so excited to be able to host the Ayni Institute to facilitate a two-part training to activists in Ireland. During this course the Ayni Institute will be teaching how to understand the deeper strategic needs within movements and issue areas. 

The Ayni Institute is a small training institute that coaches, incubates, and supports social movements and community organisations. They also develop research and content on movements and movement dynamics. The Institute was founded by Carlos Saavedra, a community organiser with the DREAM movement in the US, and Paul Engler, author of This is an Uprising. They work closely with Momentum US and the Sunrise Movement among others. 

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