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Movement Building, Skill Sharing and Collaborating

Posted on July 29, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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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.

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Climate Emergency to Action Plan

Posted on July 29, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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As secretariat members of the Stop Climate Chaos coalition, we have been very active over the last number of months, campaigning for strong climate action and legislation. Here's a summary!

Climate Action plan

While eagerly awaiting the Climate Action plan, we put together five tests or indicators of how serious the Government is taking climate action seriously, and effective the Plan will be in bringing down emissions pollution. The Government’s new Climate Action Plan was published in mid-June to much fanfare, and in July, we published our assessment of the Plan, in collaboration with the Environmental Pillar. A summary of our report is available here and the full report is available here.

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Solar Schools are Championing Community Power

Posted on July 26, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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In 2018 we launched our Solar Schools competition, where five schools won solar panels so that they can power themselves with renewable energy straight from their rooftops.

Schools will be excited to know we will be launching a second competition in September, so even more schools can generate their own energy! Every winning school receives a 90% grant for their solar panels and all of the technical and bureaucratic support needed for the installation of the solar panels.

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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Another Win for Community Power!

Posted on July 23, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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Thanks to the generosity and action of our supporters, real change is now on the horizon.

Six weeks ago we emailed our supporters to tell them about a family home in Limerick that was forced to take down their solar panels becuase of a breach in planning permission rules. We asked you to chip in to help fund an appeal to change the rules. In order to unlock the potential for solar we need to break down lots of barriers like this. 

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Active Hope - Two Webinars and One Event

Posted on July 17, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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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.

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Want to know more about 'Active Hope'?

Posted on July 04, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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Active Hope is one of the books featured in our new Book Club!

We have three opportunities coming up for you to learn about active hope and how it can help sustain our actions in the climate movement.

Online Q&A with author Chris Johnstone - Wednesday July 10th at 7:30pm

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.

Active Hope QA

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The Art of Facilitation, by Climate Activist Floss Adams

Posted on July 04, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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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.

“Social Permaculture in a Regenerative Culture”

THE ART OF FACILITATION

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Summer Solstice Sea Swim Photos

Posted on July 01, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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It felt surreal, it was magic!

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.

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Youth Activists Address MEPs on Climate

Posted on June 19, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

In the lead up to the MEP elections, Youth Activists came together to voice their demands on climate and how they want to see Irish European representatives act on climate.

Young Friends of the Earth member, Martina, captured some of the event in this video below.

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Permanent link | Categories: climatechangeeuropean electionsclimate electionsstudent activistsclimate actionMEP 2019

Sunrise Sea Swim For Climate

Posted on June 17, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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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? 5:00am on Friday June 21st

Where? Seapoint beach, Dublin

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