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Update on Climate - the Climate Law kicks in

Posted on November 05, 2021 by Oisín Coghlan

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The start of an urgent, radical transformation

What is really exciting for our climate campaigning in recent weeks has been to see the new climate law we campaigned so long and so hard for begin to have an impact. The law has teeth and it has begun to bite.

The law puts the new target of reducing emissions by 51% by 2030 on a statutory footing. The new Climate Action Plan has just been published too, which should act as a roadmap to guide Ireland in reaching this target. That’s the plan we all made submissions on back in May.

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Permanent link | Categories: climatechangeAutumn Newsletter 2021

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 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

Update on Power to the People

Posted on November 05, 2021 by Jerry Mac Evilly

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Activists outside Leinster House illustrate the "tug-of-war" between fossil fuels and renewables for the future of Irish energy policy

The energy of the future must be renewable but it should also be community owned! Our Power to the People campaign is focused on making it possible for communities, schools and grassroots organisations to own, generate, use and sell their own electricity.

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Update on No New Gas

Posted on November 05, 2021 by Jerry Mac Evilly

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No New Gas is our campaign to stop Ireland getting locked into fossil fuel use for decades to come - and to stop Ireland becoming an important facilitator of fracked gas transport around the globe. We’re campaigning to block the development of new fossil fuel infrastructure, such as LNG import terminals that would allow fracked gas to be imported from the US into Ireland.

No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure - and the looming spectre of data centres
Data centres have emerged as a major threat to Ireland’s climate targets and efforts to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. In the last four years data centres have gobbled up enough electricity to power 560,000 homes. Projections for their future power demands are even more alarming. Urgent intervention is needed. We’ve been raising alarm bells in the media about data centres this autumn, you might like to listen back to our director, Oisín talking about data centres on Newstalk Breakfast here and on Virgin Media’s Tonight Show here.

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Permanent link | Categories: energygasNo New GasAutumn Newsletter 2021

Update on Sick of Plastic

Posted on July 22, 2021 by Deirdre Duff

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Sick of Plastic is a joint campaign, hosted by Friends of the Earth and VOICE Ireland. Together, we are working to empower people and communities to pressure industry and decision makers to take action on single use plastic.
We’ve been campaigning to ban the most commonly littered single use plastic items for three years now. We’re excited to report that some promising developments in this area were made earlier this month! On July 5th, EU countries had to transpose the Single Use Plastic Directive into law.

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Update on SYSTEM:RESET

Posted on July 22, 2021 by Deirdre Duff

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SYSTEM:RESET is a pan European project which aims to build strong, collective youth visions for a socially just and ecologically sound future. It aims to amplify the voices of young people from communities that are underrepresented in policy making and political decision making spaces.

We recently ran a very successful fundraiser to enable us to provide digital tools, tech equipment and resources to young people and youth projects hoping to engage with us through the System Reset Project - who might otherwise not have been able to participate. This fundraiser has shown that our supporters are willing to support our educational offerings and see the added value in youth engagement and reaching those who have been underrepresented in the climate movement. We are so grateful to everyone who donated!

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Update on One Future

Posted on July 22, 2021 by Deirdre Duff

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The One Future local climate action groups that we support are going from strength to strength! If you would like to get involved by joining a local group in your area you can sign up here.

We have just finished our One Future Summer Series - a series of action focused online workshops and meetings enabling connection, learning and exploration of ways to take action on climate change at a local and national level. The series consisted of a number of different events.

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Update on Movement Building - Training and Capacity Building

Posted on July 22, 2021 by Deirdre Duff

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Learning Hub

Our Learning Hub was developed as part of our commitment to a process of learning and unlearning about the systems of power and oppression that influence our lives and the world around us. It revolves around themes emerging from our four Learning Hub books. You can read more about the Learning Hub here and donate to get a Learning Hub book and support our work here.

Our latest Learning Hub event was a webinar based on themes emerging from Reece Jones’ book ‘Violent Borders, Refugees and the Right to Move. You can watch the webinar back at this link. To read more about our Learning Hub click here.

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