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Have the Greens delivered on Climate Change?

Posted on November 26, 2010 by Molly Walsh

The short answer is no. The long answer goes something like this.

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Positive noises as Oireachtas Committee publishes Climate Change Bill

Posted on October 14, 2010 by Oisín Coghlan

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Yesterday the Oireachtas Climate Change Committee published a full Climate Change Bill with support from the members of the Committee from all parties. Read the committee's press release here.

Ministers Gormley and Cuffe responded with a pretty positive press release welcoming the Committee's Bill and, more importantly saying the Government Bill would be agreed and published "in the very near future". Earlier in the day the Taoiseach told the Dáil that the draft climate bill would be published "soon".

Friends of the Earth has also welcomed the Committee's Bill and urged the Government to build on this expression of consensus by bringing its own bill to the house as soon as possible before Christmas.

Today's Irish Times has a short report on it.

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Coping with Copenhagen

Posted on February 24, 2010 by Molly Walsh

inside-the-bella-centre-with-cop-in-full-swingCopenhagen was personally very disappointing for me. I did not expect there to be a final legally binding treaty agreed there but I had hoped for better things. I had hoped that perhaps movement would be made on sticky issues in the negotiating texts and that by the time things came to a close there would be maybe three or four areas that still needed to be worked through in 2010. What actually hap pended was that a parallel process developed, the process of drawing together the Copenhagen Accord. This sapped attention and focus from the real texts that have been being negotiated since the UN meeting in Bali two years ago.

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Open the door, De Boer!

Posted on December 17, 2009 by Molly Walsh

foei locked outWhat happened yesterday was a nail in the coffin for any belief I might ever have had left that the UNFCCC is an open democratic and transparent process.We heard a few days ago that every NGO group would only be allowed 20% of their registered people inside the Bella Centre. This was apparently because of capacity. WE were not pleased about this. If a process is to be open and transparent ngos must be able attend and see what is going on. Anyway we did what we were told and just like all the other observer organisations at the COP we picked some of our people to go in. These people were going to be given a white card that would now be needed along with our UN photo id that everyone has around their neck. I was lucky enough to be chosen as one for these people. This system of white cards and primary passes worked OK for Tuesday. Things were a bit quieter but we did manage to do a good flash mob action wearing blue ponchos and chanting "we stand with Africa, Kyoto targets now".Minister Eamon Ryan even joined in a bit, without really knowing what he was being dragged into!

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Blog by Leah

Posted on December 17, 2009 by Young Friends of the Earth

With all the money being thrown around here you would think they could do something about the bloody heating. Maybe its a subconscious corporate lobbying tactic - keep the room temperature in the COP 15 UN Conference centre low, and all those pesky environmental activists wont be so adamant about preventing global warming after all! If the FoEI delegation need something to get hot headed about, however, they need not look any farther than yesterdays announcement by a number of developed countries that have made proposals to merge the two tracks of negotiations going on, the Kyoto Protocol track and the Working Group on Long term Cooperative Action - there is a fear that this will mean a suspension of the only legally binding agreement on a reduction in carbon emissions for developed countries, while merging the two tracks may mean reducing the involvement of developing countries, for whom climate change will have the most devastating effects.

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The Lows and Highs of a Day at COP15

Posted on December 16, 2009 by John Sweeney

It started as another day of inching along with the crowd seeking to register from around 9 a.m.. This time a further obstacle was presented to NGOs - a magic white pass issued on a quota basis which effectively eliminated entry for thousands of NGO observers who had surmounted the accreditation process successfully. In a scene which made us feel for an instant just a little like they must have felt at Auschwitz or Srebenica, NGOs were herded into a separate queue from the press, media and other observers. Those of us who had braved the 8 hours the previous day knew another similar day was ahead with no guarantee of success at the end. As with all queues, there are times you get your hopes up, only to be dashed. In this case around the 4-hour mark the VIPs began to arrive and the triage system was operationalised. NGOs were back at the bottom of the pile and the queue froze. It was turning into another eight hour queue day and for a time the heavy snowfall didn't help our spirits. The historic achievement of getting past the front gate, with the great co-operation of the Friends of the Earth's Molly Walsh was dashed as it became clear that there was a major logistics problem inside the building. Four hours later the cause of all the problems was apparent. 10-15 administrators were working flat out to register people, each one taking 5-10 minutes in total, or around 100 per hour passing through the system. Trouble was, around 45,000 people had apparently indicated they were coming to the conference and the bulk of these had obviously materialised for the second week. The system was now obviously hopelessly inadequate for the several thousand souls out in the snow. The United Nations got everything right except this crucial detail. 10 times as many administrators were needed at the registration desk and fewer security scanners. There are several good courses in Event Management at Irish universities which I could recommend!

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Left in the Cold

Posted on December 15, 2009 by John Sweeney

It was 8 a.m. when I alighted from the train from the city centre to register for the conference as an NGO delegate for Friends of the Earth Ireland. In the sub zero temperatures the beginnings of a 500m queue of humanity could just be discerned stretching into the distance beyond the railway station. 3 hours later I had reached the railway station again, cold and weary, but still hopeful that the gates would at last open to the Bella Centre. The crowd around was generally patient and kept alert by the occasional noisy demonstration, extolling the virtues of a vegan lifestyle or denigrating the Australian government for their support of the world's largest coal export industry.

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Copenhagen - a good place to bridge cultural divides

Posted on December 13, 2009 by John Sweeney

Copenhagen is certainly a suitable place to attempt to bridge the gap between two very different cultures regarding managing climate change. On an island where the Atlantic world meets central Europe and the progressive societies of Scandinavia, Copenhagen is where European meetings of minds have historically occurred. It is where hopefully the sensible reasoning of the inhabitants of this ancient place can be brought to bear on civilisation's greatest challenge to date.

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NO Offsetting CLIMATE JUSTICE NOW!

Posted on December 12, 2009 by Jerrieann Sullivan

SATURDAY 12th - 'No-Offsetting - CLIMATE JUSTICE NOW!"
'No-Offsetting - CLIMATE JUSTICE NOW!" Nnimmo's deep powerful voice echoed across parliament square over thousands of us dressed in blue. Nnimmo Bassey is the Nigerian Chair of Friends of the Earth International, and had the perfect voice for this speech. Today we are outside. I hear that five thousand of us have flowed through the city in this 'Flood for Climate Justice'. Carlos from Mexico who organised the hardest for this moment takes the stage and leads us in a giant Mexican wave. Within an hour of the flood ending thousands more gather behind and around us in the square, lining the canal as far as the eye can see. The far away speakers tell us 100, 000 are here. We begin the 7km march on the Bella Centre about 2pm - and we are still walking hours later in the dark. At one point we passed a side street to our left filled with police vans. Just after we passed, the vans and bodies shot out in a line across the road blocking the portion of the march behind us. The march ahead tried to stay behind in solidarity - about 200 people went back to support the trapped people but eventually moved on. We hovered, getting cold, not knowing whether to go back or go on, and eventually decided to keep going.
Thousands of people walked to the UN fence today, some of us for over 9 hours altogether, in costumes, holding banners, calling for justice. I heard afterwards that Mary Robinson and Naomi Klein (again) gave rousing speeches to the crowd as they arrived. Later as we arrived we were greeted by music and sparklers and line of police vans ringing the Bella Centre.

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Arriving in Copenhagen

Posted on December 10, 2009 by Jerrieann Sullivan

We arrived in drizzle. Ourselves and other activists from Climate Camp Ireland stood in a clump on the pavement where our eurolines left us with a huge pile of luggage. Across the road we found the alternative people's summit, and thankfully some maps. After two nights in transit our sleepy heads found it hard to co-ordinate communal bus tickets and directions. Then came relief. A warehouse in Teglholmen. Food. Stacks of carefully prepared briefings, leaflets, guides and bust cards. Beards of familiar activist faces passing in the field kitchen. Vegan hot dishes and, despite the long queues for toilets, a great atmosphere of solidarity and anticipation.

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