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Learning Hub Update

Posted on February 22, 2021 by Claudia Tormey

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The Learning Hub is a carefully curated space for discussion, critical thinking, peer education and building a sense of solidarity.

Our most recent cycle of the Learning Hub aims to create conversations hinging around themes and issues that arise in the following four books;

  1. Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future by Mary Robinson
  2. Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move by Reece Jones
  3. On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal by Naomi Klein
  4. Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities by Rebecca Solnit

For each book we are hosting a webinar and an interactive workshop. We'll also share a read and watch list to explore more the topics at hand.

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One Future Local Groups Update

Posted on February 22, 2021 by Claudia Tormey

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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.

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Sick of Plastic Update

Posted on February 22, 2021 by Claudia Tormey

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Sick of Plastic is our campaign in partnership with VOICE Ireland. Together, we are working to empower communities to pressure industry and decision makers to take action on single use plastic.

Despite not being able to take direct action through our Supermarket Shop & Drop’s due to COVID-19 restrictions, Sick of Plastic has remained as creative as ever in presenting fun and interactive ways for people to take action on single use plastics. There are lots of ways to take action, you can start by taking photos of excessive plastic packaging in your supermarkets and sharing it with Sick of Plastic on social media or via email sickofplasticireland@gmail.com to help build the pressure on supermarkets to act.

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System:Reset Project Update

Posted on February 22, 2021 by Claudia Tormey

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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.

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No New Gas Campaign Update

Posted on February 22, 2021 by Claudia Tormey

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No New Gas is our campaign to prevent fossil gas lock-in. Its primary focus is on fracked gas, LNG infrastructure and new exploration licenses for oil and gas in Irish waters.

This campaign made exciting progress recently with the plans to introduce a ban on new oil and gas licenses off the Irish coast. In 2017 Ireland banned fracking, which was a ban on onshore extraction in the Republic of Ireland. Now the ban will begin to extend into the offshore, contributing to the struggle to keep fossil fuels in the ground. 

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Faster and Fairer Climate Action Campaign Update

Posted on February 22, 2021 by Claudia Tormey

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Faster and Fairer Climate Action is our campaign to achieve our Strategic Objective on climate governance. Much of our work on this campaign is pursued through our coordination and participation in the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition.

In recent months we have maintained our campaign to strengthen the Climate Bill. In December the Joint Oireachtas Committee concluded their scrutiny of the Bill. Their report from the process puts a spotlight on weaknesses in the Bill identified by many experts that came before the Committee, and by Stop Climate Chaos when the original draft was published in October. It makes specific recommendations to the Government on fixing those loopholes before the Bill comes to the Dáil to be formally debated this spring. 

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Power to the People Campaign Update

Posted on February 22, 2021 by Claudia Tormey

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Power to the People is our campaign to achieve the electricity-related key results of the Strategic Objective on emissions reduction, by putting citizens and communities at the heart of the transition to 100% renewable power.

We’ve made good progress on our campaign to change the planning regulations to allow solar panels on schools. Two weeks ago the Sunday Business Post reported that planning regulations would be changing to facilitate solar panels on buildings, including schools. We're continuing our campaign for legislation to seal the deal on this and make sure it happens. 

Councillors around Ireland have been supporting this too, and both Galway County Council and Westmeath County Council have passed motions recently supporting a change in the planning regulations.

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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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Permanent link | Categories: climatechangenewsletter summer 2021

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