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Watch it Back - Agriculture's Contribution to Climate Action Webinar

Posted on May 17, 2020 by Oisín Coghlan

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Ireland needs the agriculture sector to make a real contribution to emissions reduction if we are going to do anything like our fair share to contain climate breakdown and fulfil the Paris Agreement.

But how much? And how? This debate can be fraught with confusing scientific information and no little spinning. Well, we're here to try and untangle it for you.

Watch our recent webinar on What Contribution can Agriculture make to Climate Action where were joined by our policy expert Sadhbh O'Neill to explain what's going on, along with Oonagh Duggan of BirdWatch Ireland and Ailbhe Gerrard of Brookfield Farm.

Watch it back here.

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Webinar: Women Resisting Climate Change in the Global South

Posted on May 12, 2020 by Meaghan Carmody

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Join this webinar co-organised by the Galway Feminist Collective and Friends of the Earth Ireland to discuss these issues, on Wednesday May 20th at 7pm Irish time/1pm CST/2pm EST/8pm CET.

As the world grapples with the challenges posed by climate change, there is increasing awareness in the Global North that communities from the Global South will be most impacted by the effects of climate change. We increasingly recognise that those same communities are often on the front line of resistance to extractive projects that threaten the environment and exacerbate the impact of climate change, particularly: mining, mass hydroelectric infrastructure and biofuels. Women across these communities often put their safety, freedom, livelihoods and lives on the line to protect the environment and Mother Earth.

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Watch it back - Webinar on 7% Emissions Reduction

Posted on May 01, 2020 by Oisín Coghlan

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If you missed last night's webinar 'Why is everyone talking about 7% and what does it mean?' - fear not, you can watch the recording below!

Invite your TD to join you for a cup of tea online, and a briefing on Climate Action. We'll provide the Zoom, and the experts, you bring your TD and your Tea, and we'll talk about what's important for climate action for the next Government. Click here to join this action!

Politicians looking to form a government are focused on the idea of 7% emissions reduction. But what does this number really mean and what are climate campaigners saying about it?

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7 things you should know about the 7% emissions reduction rate everyone is talking about

Posted on April 30, 2020 by Oisín Coghlan

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Join this webinar this evening to find out more. The panel includes Prof John Sweenet, Dr Cara Augustenborg and Sadhbh O'Neill. Meantime, here's my 7 things to know about 7%.

1. It’s grounded in science and backed by the UN

Every year the United Nations Environment Programme publishes an “emissions gap” report, which analyses the gap between how much countries are planning to cut emissions and what is required to keep global heating to 1.5C, the goal of the Paris Agreement.

Last November the main headline from the UNEP Emissions Gap report was that we need to “cut global emissions by 7.6 percent every year for the next decade to meet 1.5°C Paris target”.

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Why is everyone talking about 7%?

Posted on April 29, 2020 by Oisín Coghlan

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Join this webinar at 5pm Thursday April 30th to find out...

Why is everyone talking about 7% and what does it mean?

Friends of the Earth and Stop Climate Chaos Policy Advisor, Sadhbh O'Neill, will be joined by climate scientist Professor John Sweeney at 5pm tomorrow to help us break down what's going on with Government negotiations and climate action demands.

Register here at the link.

Things are moving fast in government negotiations and it can be hard to keep up. The news is full of the need of 7% emissions reduction target. But what does that actually mean?

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We're taking to the phones - Join us for Earth Day

Posted on April 22, 2020 by Friends of the Earth

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Climate campaigners are taking to the phones for Earth Day today to participate in the online call-a-thon which is supporting people to call their TD's about climate action today between 5-6pm.

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FF/FG doc: A strange lack of science in climate section

Posted on April 15, 2020 by Oisín Coghlan

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Commenting on the the FG / FF framework document, Oisín Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth said:

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Time to raise our voices

Posted on April 09, 2020 by Oisín Coghlan

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Fianna Fail and Fine Gael are close to finalizing a joint policy framework as the basis to go into Government together. In the coming days they plan to invite the smaller parties to talk about joining them.

I'll email my TD

FF and FG are the only parties whose leaders did not sign the One Future pledge for Faster and Fairer Climate Action. The only want to cut emissions by 2% a year when the science says it needs to be at least 8%. We need to bend the emissions curve rapidly, they are content to just nudge it.

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"This bewildered earth"

Posted on April 04, 2020 by Oisín Coghlan

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In this update:

... hope is never dead / until this bewildered earth stops  /  throwing up roses.

I have to admit that I had never heard of Donegal poet Moya Cannon until Olivia O'Leary read part of her poem "Flowers Know Nothing of Our Grief" in her RTE Drivetime slot last week.

Although written a couple of years ago, it seems especially apt as we huddle at home watching this invisible plague sweep the globe while Spring bursts forth outside our windows.

You can play the 4 minute podcast of Olivia's column, always worth listening to, here. And the full text of Moya Cannon's poem was published in the Donegal Daily on Thursday.

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What we can learn about climate action from COVID19

Posted on April 02, 2020 by Cara Augustenborg

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Guest blog by Dr. Cara Augustenborg,
Co-host of Down To Earth on Newstalk FM and former Chair of Friends of the Earth Ireland

While our planet gets a brief rest from human activity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, our former Chairperson explores whether anything can be learned from this experience to support future environmental protection. This week, she chatted with her Down to Earth co-host, Ivan Yates, on Newstalk about what lessons we can learn so far and writes about these lessons in our guest blog.  

How is the planet responding to coronavirus?

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