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Catch up on Movement Building - October 2020

Posted on October 17, 2020 by Claudia Tormey

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The Growing Together project winds down for Friends of the Earth this month, but the group that formed through this project will continue on to advocate for food sovereignty and sustainable solutions to our broken food system through creative and fun activities.

As you can imagine, the end of summer and harvest has been a busy time for the Growing Together agri-activists with seed saving workshops, farm visits and food sovereignty online theatre performances. They have also been busy researching and interviewing farmers around the country and have curated the latest research to establish a path to a more sustainable food system for Ireland.

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Climate Justice: A discussion

Posted on October 16, 2020 by Deirdre Duff

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Climate justice is a term that has been bandied around a lot lately. But do we really understand what it means? And when we use the term, are we really upholding the principles of climate justice? Despite its recent popularity, climate justice is not a new term. The ideas that underpin climate justice in its original sense have been developed over decades by social movements such as environmental justice, trade justice and peasant movements. Key climate justice concepts such as ”climate debt” and “equity” have been developed and refined, largely by movements in the Global South - often with pushback from the Global North. With that in mind we’re hosting a webinar at 6pm on 28th October to examine the meaning of climate justice. You can join us by registering for the webinar here

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Join our new Learning Hub!

Posted on October 01, 2020 by Meaghan Carmody

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Can you remember a time when you learnt something that changed your perspective forever?

In Friends of the Earth we are committed to a process of consistently learning and unlearning about the systems of power and oppression that influence our lives and the world around us. We believe that we need to understand systems in order to effectively change them.

We also believe in challenging ourselves to consistently create more welcoming spaces for people to engage in a process of interrogating the root causes of global injustice. By doing this we aim to help grow and work with a more critically informed network of change makers across Ireland.

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Stop Climate Chaos Webinar: The implications of the Supreme Court judgement in the Climate Case for climate action in Ireland

Posted on September 06, 2020 by Deirdre Duff

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Join this webinar at 5pm Irish Time on Wednesday 9th September (please ignore the time zone on the registration page!)

September has begun. And with it, a new season of climate campaigning kicks off. Stop Climate Chaos has a host of activities, events and actions lined up to ensure that the Government holds to its Programme for Government promises and delivers the faster and fairer climate action we so urgently need. And crucially that it passes the legislation required to make that action a legal requirement!

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Youth for Climate Justice - Get involved in the SYSTEM:RESET project today!

Posted on September 04, 2020 by Triona Reid

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As we campaign to address the climate crisis, it is crucial that we are guided by those who are most impacted by the problem. This is the right thing to do, but it’s also the most strategic. That’s why it’s crucial that a diverse range of people and groups are involved in shaping climate solutions - and that underrepresented groups are urgently brought to the table. Addressing the climate crisis requires much more than simply cutting emissions - to be successful we must challenge the unjust economic and social systems that underpin this crisis - and be guided by people who are most impacted by these very systems.

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Upcoming Food and Farming Events - Join us this Harvest Season

Posted on August 26, 2020 by Triona Reid

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Harvest season is upon us - it’s time to start enjoying the fruits of our labour! It’s also a good time to think about saving seed and showing gratitude to the farmers and producers who have been working hard over the summer months to feed us. With this in mind, we are very excited to announce a month of nationwide activities to promote sustainable food production and celebrate agriculture and farming!

We have a suite of workshops and talks coming up over the next month and we hope to see you at some of them! All workshops are free to attend. Our events will be in strict adherence with government guidelines on COVID-19 – please see our COVID-19 event precautions.

Workshops & Talks 

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Some news from the Growing Together agri-activist group - a guest blog by Conor Haugh

Posted on July 30, 2020 by Deirdre Duff

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The Growing Together agri-activist group

New social media presence - follow us today

With summer in full swing, there are a lot of things to be excited about. And we, in the Growing Together agri-activist group, have even more for you. We're excited to say that we're launching our own social media presence. You can now find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. And, as if that wasn’t enough, we’re also offering you the chance to contribute to our latest project and win prizes for doing so!

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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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