To address the climate crisis, we need to get off fossil fuels fast. Ireland has excellent renewable energy resources, but our energy system uses fossil fuels for the majority of our energy needs in transport, heating and electricity. This has to change. Fast!
At Friends of the Earth we are working to make sure that Ireland’s energy system is fit for the future, with no more investment in fossil fuel infrastructure, no more exploration for fossil fuels and an energy system that values and supports citizens and communities participating in and benefiting from our renewable energy transition.
Whether you have five minutes or five hours, you can dip in and out of the list according to the time you have to spare. The beauty of our Learning Hub is that you can read and watch for just a few minutues or for many hours! It's perfect preparation for our next webinar on Climate and Migration which will take place in May or June 2021 - this second webinar will have a workshop, participatory structure.
At Friends of the Earth, we’re creating a space for discussion, critical thinking, peer education and building a sense of solidarity. It’s called our Learning Hub! We create conversations that hinge around issues arising from books that the Friends of the Earth community is reading.
Our next Learning Hub event will explore connections between climate and migration. It takes place on Monday 12th April at 6pm - we hope you can join us.
One Future is a network of campaign groups across Ireland supported by the Stop Climate Chaos coalition, of which Friends of the Earth is the secretariat member. One Future groups campaign for faster and fairer climate action within their constituencies and communities by building local campaigns and lobbying local TDs.
System: Reset is a Pan-European project that Friends of the Earth is part of. The project aims to build platforms across Europe to bring young people from under-represented communities into multi-level decision-making and build strong, collective visions for a socially just and ecologically sound future.
We have lots in store for System:Reset this year, including a Just Transition Champions Training Programme, which we’re collaborating on with Community Work Ireland. This programme will support youth and community workers to consider how climate justice relates to their practice and support them to engage with and contribute to the implementation of just transition policies and plans. You can apply for this training here at this link.
There’s no denying it, the last few weeks have been very difficult. We’re living through a period where every glimmer of hope we can find is precious - and to be treasured. With that in mind, we wanted to share the recording of a webinar that we hosted just before Christmas - Hopeful Chats about Climate Change. People left the webinar feeling very hopeful - and it continues to give us hope when we think back about it now! You can watch it back here in your own time.
Dr Cara Augustenborg did a super job of chairing the discussion and spoke from her own experience as a climate scientist, activist and mother.
On Wednesday 28th October, we hosted a webinar to explore the concept of climate justice. Climate justice is a term that has been bandied around a lot lately - but we wanted to dig into what it really means. We’ve recorded the webinar so you can watch it back at your leisure. It’s just over an hour in length and comes highly recommended as we had some excellent speakers and panellists from the world of climate justice, who joined us to talk about their work and activism.