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From School Strikes to Wicklow's Climate and Biodiversity Emergency, local communities are driving change.

Posted on June 14, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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Wicklow’s declaration of a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency was instrumental in pushing the government to make the declaration on a national scale. Keith Scanlon, is one of ten parents and grandparents in Greystones and Delgany, Co. Wicklow, that came together to campaign for Wicklow’s declaration.

For this community, it all began as part of the Global School Strike for Climate on March 15th, in which millions of school students took to the streets all across the world alongside their parents and teachers. An estimated 11,000 people marched and demonstrated in Dublin, while 100’s came together in their local communities across the country.

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Thank you for standing with the school strikers!

Posted on October 15, 2019 by Aine O'Gorman

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Between the 20th and 27th of September 7.6 million people globally took to the streets to demand climate justice as part of the Climate Strike.

In Ireland, 50,000 people took part across every corner of the island.

Thanks to those of you that donated to our Climate Strike Fund we create a resource pack of stickers, social media graphics, posters and more. We recruited a team of 15 volunteers who worked from our office to support the 60 people across the country organising strike support actions. And we were able to fund equipment on the day including the stage which was fully solar powered!

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Support the Climate Strike Movement!

Posted on September 11, 2019 by Claudia Tormey

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It's a Climate Emergency.

And on September 20th, we're filling the streets.

On Friday the 15th of March 2019 1.6 million people took part in a global climate strike in more than 125 countries in more than 2,000 locations. In Ireland more than 15,000 students took part in protests for urgent climate action.

This September 20th, we're going to smash that number. But we need you to make that happen!

Find and join your nearest strike!

School-age students have self-organised marches around the country and they need you to attend. 

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Reporting back from our Solar Schools Assemblies

Posted on June 15, 2021 by Emma-Jayne Geraghty

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Friends of the Earth invited schools from across Ireland to participate in our online regional Solar School Youth Assemblies to share their visions for a sustainable future in Ireland.

We believe schools can play a vital role in the energy transition! And help ensure that this transition is both fast and fair. This is why it’s so important to make sure students have opportunities to learn about what a Just Transition means and to connect with and share their demands with decision makers.

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Winning against Big Gas & Oil

Posted on May 27, 2021 by Deirdre Duff

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Taking down the fossil fuel industry. It’s critical in the fight against climate change. It can be a daunting challenge at times - a real David versus Goliath fight. But not this week. Or last week for that matter. Because it’s been an exciting, hopeful few weeks in the battle against Big Gas and Oil. 

Last week, the International Energy Agency (IEA) finally confirmed that new oil and gas fields should not be approved beyond this year. That’s obvious to us. New oil and gas development should have stopped years ago. But the IEA has promoted fossil fuels for a very long time. So this shift is a big deal!

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Book Launch: A Short Hopeful Guide to Climate Change

Posted on May 18, 2021 by Deirdre Duff

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Last year we ran our first ever crowdfunding campaign to secure the funds to help children’s book publisher Little Island books and author Oisín McGann make an environmentally friendly book for young teens about climate change. Thanks to the support of our donors we raised 13,431 euro to help publish the book, “A Short Hopeful Guide to Climate Change

The book has now been published! Little Island Books is hosting an online book launch at 6.30pm on Wednesday 19th May. The launch event will feature a conversation with the book’s author, Oisín McGann, and children’s author Sarah Webb. You can register for the launch at this link. The book itself can be pre-ordered here.

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Have your say on Climate Action - Submit to the Government's Climate Consultation using our handy guide

Posted on May 13, 2021 by Deirdre Duff

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The climate movement has been calling for greater public consultation on climate action for years. It's a crucial part of achieving climate action that's faster and fairer. 

So we're pleased that the Government has organised a public consultation on the Climate Action Plan. But we're also disappointed with how the consultation has been written. Many of the questions don’t address the scale of change needed to achieve the climate action we need. Nor do they address the need for a systems change approach to climate action -  that has climate justice and a just transition at its heart. 

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Join our solar schools youth assemblies!

Posted on May 11, 2021 by Emma-Jayne Geraghty

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To address the climate crisis, we need to get off fossil fuels fast. Ireland has excellent renewable energy resources, but our energy system uses fossil fuels for the majority of our energy needs in transport, heating and electricity. This has to change. Fast! 

At Friends of the Earth we are working to make sure that Ireland’s energy system is fit for the future, with no more investment in fossil fuel infrastructure, no more exploration for fossil fuels and an energy system that values and supports citizens and communities participating in and benefiting from our renewable energy transition.

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Some events to celebrate Earth Day - 22nd April

Posted on April 21, 2021 by Deirdre Duff

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Friends of the Earth is delighted to be involved in two special events to celebrate Earth Day on Thursday 22nd April 2021.

Special Screening of Groundswell

We’re teaming up with the Cork Film Festival to present a Special Online Screening of Groundswell, Johnny Gogan's feature documentary film on Ireland and Fracking. The film will go live at 7pm on 22nd April, and will be available to book and watch until 11:59pm on the following Saturday, 24th April.

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Six Things to Look for When the Climate Bill is Published

Posted on March 22, 2021 by Oisín Coghlan

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Media reports indicate that the Government’s revised Climate Bill will go to Cabinet for approval and publication on Tuesday. The Bill is a flagship commitment in the Programme for Government.

Climate legislation is about governance - about how we make climate policy and how we make sure policy is implemented. It is the framework to drive action rather than being a list of actions. Key elements include:

  • a long-term (2050) target
  • short-term (5 year) targets
  • a duty on Government to produce an action plan to actually cut polluting emissions in line with the targets
  • an expert council to provide independent advice to the Government and monitor progress
  • robust parliamentary oversight and ministerial accountability

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