Power Up! is a series of workshops to help upskill and support the growing activist community in Ireland. Meaghan, head of Education and Activism, has identified where activists need the most support and has seeked out those with the relevant skills to deliver these trainings.
A lot the work we do at Friends of the Earth involves working closely with grassroots activists groups, we do this because we see the importance of collaboration and relationship building to strenghten and build on the movement we are a part of.
Training Links Programme
Through our ongoing courses we have been actively enaging people in environmental issues, connecting the dots and offering opportunities for people to gain skills and knowledge so they can take action on the issues they care about.
Active Hope is something we do. And we're doing it together.
This month, we've been reading 'Active Hope' by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone and last week we hosted an online discussion with Chris Johnstone to introduce Active Hope, you can watch the recording here at this link.
In this webinar, Chris shares what inspired him to write the book and how it was born from a series of conversations with Joanna Macy. Chris was curious to find out what can we do to help us adequately respond to the climate crisis while sustaining our actions.
First up, we are hosting an online Q&A with Chris Johnstone, co-author of the book 'Active Hope'.
Just like our previous book club webinars, you can join from the comfort of your living room, kitchen table or back garden! You can tune in from your landline, mobile phone or your computer, simply register at this link to join.
As part of a programme funded by The Wheel, Friends of the Earth have been given the opportunity to organise skill building workshops to support people who want to get more involved in the climate movement.
Together with Cultivate we hosted a facilitation training at the Fumbally Stables in Dublin, one of the participants, Floss Adams, shares her experience from the workshop below.
Looking back at our very first climate movement sea swim, it seems as though it could have been a dream. We really didn't know what to expect, so we were blown away at the huge turn out. Some people said there could have been 200 people at it! Thankfully, it was a beautiful morning, the sky was clear and the sea was calm. We're already talking about the next one, so stay tuned for updates soon!
Here's a few photos, taken from Young Friends of the Earth member, Reamonn McLoughlin who was kind enough to join and capture some of the morning's event. Check out Reamonn's Photography page on Facebook here at this link.
We are organising our very first climate movement sea swim, and we would love you to join us!
Those of us who care about environmental issues tend to spend a lot of time indoors planning, organising, emailing, going to meetings, talks and so on. Sometimes we forget to stop, and enjoy the beauty of nature - the very thing we are working to protect. And, spending time in nature has been proven to have positive effects on our mental and physical wellbeing.
Join us to welcome the sun, from the sea, on the longest, brightest day of the year - Summer Solstice!
When we are all pulling together to ensure that the most vulnerable members of our are society being protected how do we talk about how climate and biodiversity breakdown remains the context for all our collective challenges?
Speakers include Oisín Coghlan, director of Friends of the Earth and coordinator of Stop Climate Chaos, Dr. Sandra Green from Irish Doctors for the Environment, Cliona Sharkey, head of policy at Trócaire and Sadhbh O'Neil, policy officer at Stop Climate Chaos. The discussion is facilitated by Áine O'Gorman, Activism Support for Stop Climate Chaos.
In the run up to the recent General Election, Friends of the Earth supporters pulled together, and reached out, like never before.
Thanks to our strong, and growing community, we raised more money more quickly than we ever have before, putting €25,000 into the pot for climate work during the election.
That fund allowed us to work with our partners in the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition to create the One Future Campaign for Faster and Fairer Climate Action, which included not only long-time allies but more recent ones like the National Women’s Coucil and the Union of Students in Ireland. This became the broadest civil society push for more political and government climate action than ever before.