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How can you talk about Climate at a time like this?

Posted on March 31, 2020 by Aine O'Gorman

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How do we think about climate while our government and our health workers are focused on the immediate threat of COVID-19?

The One Future Campaign hosted this webinar last week to explore this question.

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.

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Global Response: Coronavirus versus Climate Change

Posted on March 24, 2020 by Marion Briggs

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Guest blog, by Friends of the Earth Chairperson, Marion Briggs.

Notes on the Global Response: Coronavirus versus Climate Change

Like many in the climate change movement, I have been struck by the speed, urgency and depth of the global response to the coronavirus pandemic, and wondered why we haven’t been able to translate the climate crisis into the same type of global action. I’m still in the slightly baffled stage, although I am fairly sure that outrage will follow at some point.

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Solar Schools 2020 and the winners are

Posted on March 13, 2020 by Friends of the Earth

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Voting and judging for Solar Schools 2020 is now complete.  The winners were judged by an independent judging panel following the results of an online public vote. 

Schools were tasked with coming up with an idea for a local climate action project.  And as expected, students in Ireland have fantastic ideas.  The winners will now complete their climate action project, and will get solar pv panels designed and installed at their school. 

We are very grateful for financial support for this project from the following organisations.  It would not be possible without them. 

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The winners for Solar Schools 2020 are:

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Guardian Angels, Blackrock, Co Dublin
St Brigids National School Grange, Co Carlow
Scoil Naomh Brid, Co Donegal
Mercy Moyderwell, Tralees, Co Kerry

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One Future - Just the Beginning

Posted on February 26, 2020 by Claudia Tormey

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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.

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Building Our Power

Posted on February 26, 2020 by Claudia Tormey

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In late 2019, we wrapped up our Climate Campaigners Capacity Building Programme, which was funded by the Wheel’s Training Links.

This project allowed us to forge new connections and strengthen existing ones with groups all across Ireland as well channel funds into grassroots activist groups to enable them to build capacity and reach more people.

Over 18 months, the programme delivered 53 trainings - reaching almost 1,000 people face-to-face. Trainings included Climate Communications, Cultural Awareness & Anti-discrimination, Non-Violent Direct Action, Intersectionality, Active Hope, Group Facilitation, Tools for Decentralised Organising, Creative Actions, Climate Justice and Extractivism - to name just a few. Click here to see a list of the trainings delivered.

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Financing Climate Chaos

Posted on February 26, 2020 by Claudia Tormey

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Fossil fuel subsidies in Ireland: Financing Climate Chaos

What are fossil fuel subsidies? Why do they matter?

Friends of the Earth are part of a European project called Citizens for Financial Justice that seeks to inform and empower citizens to make the global financial system work better for everyone. Last year, we commissioned research on the financing of fossil fuels in Ireland and Europe. Producer subsidies work to cut the costs and risks associated with bringing new natural gas reserves into production, and they threaten to derail the holistic social and ecological transformation that is needed.

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Solar Schools - For the Love of Solar

Posted on February 24, 2020 by Friends of the Earth

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Voting is now live for the Friends of the Earth Solar Schools 2020 competition!!

Our 'For the love of solar' competition is deisgned to help schools all over Ireland to go solar. With thanks to our generous funders, next week we willl be announcing at least 8 schools as winners of solar panels, 4 primary and 4 secondary schools.  But really, we think every school should be a solar school. In fact we think every school, community building, sports club and local authority should go solar, to generate clean renewbale energy right from their rooftops. 

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Final Push - Canvass for Climate

Posted on February 06, 2020 by Claudia Tormey

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Over the last three weeks, people across Ireland have been canvassing their local areas getting lots of people talking about climate action with their election candidates. We need to make sure every election candidate know the people of Ireland want faster and fairer climate action. 

Join the last leg of climate canvassing!

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On Friday - groups are leading canvasses and flyer distributions at busy transport hubs across the country.

Click here to join or lead an action on your commute tomorrow!

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Check out the Canvass for Climate map to find a canvass, or set up one in your area or on your commute to work!

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Make climate non negotiable for next government.

Posted on February 06, 2020 by Claudia Tormey

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Have your election candidates signed the One Future climate pledge?

 

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One Future asked 3 climate experts to score each political party's manifesto agains the campaign's 9 demands for faster and fairer climate action. See the results here at the link.

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We don't think that's good enough - act now to make all candidates and political parties do more for faster and fairer climate action.

 

 

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For The Love Of Solar! 2 Weeks To Go!

Posted on January 31, 2020 by Friends of the Earth

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WIN SOLAR PANELS for your local school!

Young people all over Ireland calling for climate action while sitting in classrooms and learning in old buildings powered by fossil fuels. Meanwhile, Friends of the Earth are building a movement behind solar power in Ireland, that’s why we are running a competition to put solar panels on schools

Enter Now!!

This competition is an excellent opportunity for communities to participate in renewable energy generation, and schools are the ideal place for valuable community-based education to occur. The competition will play an important role in encouraging communities to take the first step on their sustainable energy journey.

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