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Faster and Fairer Climate Action

Faster and Fairer Climate Action is our campaign to achieve our Strategic Objective on climate governance. Much of our work on this campaign is pursued through our coordination and participation in the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition.


 

ACTION: Ask the Government for faster and fairer climate action

Sign our petition calling on the Government to step up its game on climate - so that Ireland can start doing its fair share of the global effort to tackle the climate crisis

We can see all around us that climate breakdown is accelerating. From floods to extreme heat and more intense storms, fires and droughts, the climate crisis is already claiming lives and livelihoods. And the poorest are always hit first and hardest.
The latest science is starker than ever. We have a very small window of opportunity to avoid dangerous tipping points. We can still avoid the worst climate chaos but only if we act now.

We are campaigning for climate action that is fast enough to avoid complete climate breakdown.

Ireland still has the second highest climate-changing pollution per person in the EU. The Government has pledged to cut our pollution in half by 2030. Now we need the policies to make that happen. We need to transform our energy, heating, transport, economic and food systems to get to zero pollution as quickly as possible. And we need sustained Government action to make zero polluting options are accessible and affordable for everyone.
There are still powerful interest groups lobbying noisily for expemptions and special treatment for their sectors. But now that our targets are in law, any special treatment for business means households and communities will have to cut their pollution even more.

Only people power than make sure the Government does the right thing. Join the movement for faster and fairer climate aciton by signing this petition.


We are campaigning for climate action that is fair enough to leave no one behind. We’re campaigning to make sure that Government action to cut pollution doesn’t negatively impact the most vulnerable in our society. Climate action will only succeed by reducing, not increasing, inequalities and poverty. Climate action must be fair enough to leave no one behind.


We believe fairness must be at the heart of Irish climate policy and action:

Fairness between countries (global climate justice): Ireland must do its fair share to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. Rich countries like Ireland, the EU and the US have to so more, sooner, to cut emissions and to help developing countries in the Global South to adpat the unavoidable climate chaneg they did so little to cause.

Fairness between generations (intergenerational justice): This generation of decision makers and power-brokers, people in their 40s, 50s and 60s should make the necessary cuts in pollution now, before it is too late to leave a liveable planet to the generations in their teens, 20s and 30s who will have to live with the consequences of our decisions or inaction long after they have departed.

Fairness between sectors: Every sector of society and the economy will have to do its fair share to reduce its pollution. That is not the same as an equal share, some sectors will move faster than others, but every sector will have to reduce its emissions drastically, starting now, and get to zero or close to zero, as fast as possible. Now that our 2030 target is in law, and all sectors have endorsed it any time a sector rejects a proposal to cut emissions they need to be asked what proposal they have to achieve the same savings, or what other sector they think should cut more instead of them.

A fair and just transition, protecting the vulnerable: Workers and communities who are affected by the winding down of intensely polluting economic activity, like peat-burning in the Midlands and coal-burning in Moneypoint, are entitled to the resources and supports they need to continue to have economic opportunity, decent jobs and flourishing communities. Equally, those on low incomes or at risk of poverty must not be further disadvantaged or marginalized by climate action, for example either by increasing fuel poverty or the skewing of subsidies towards schemes that primarily benefit wealthier sectors of society.

A 5-point plan for Government to cut bills, save energy and reduce pollution

Issued in news on May 23, 2022 at 11:30:00.

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Friends of the Earth urges emergency Government response to prepare for next winter

Friends of the Earth has today published a “Five-point plan for Government to cut bills, save energy and reduce pollution”. As households have now received the last Fuel Allowance payment for this season and with the Russian invasion of Ukraine entering its fourth month, the environmental justice organisation has called for “a concerted emergency response from the whole of Government to do five things” before next winter sees the energy crisis hit home even more. The plan contains 48 specific recommendations from inflation-proofing social welfare to free school buses to a moratorium on new data centres.

Commenting, Friends of the Earth’s Head of Policy, Jerry Mac Evilly, said:

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Climate campaigners disappointed as REPowerEU leaves energy poor out in the cold

Issued in news on May 18, 2022 at 18:24:00.

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Friends of the Earth calls on Europe to do more to end reliance on fossil fuels

Today’s REPowerEU[1] strategy puts forward a €300 billion plan to reduce dependence on Russian gas by ~66% by the end of 2022, and end it by 2027. Ahead of its release, the key question on the minds of climate organisations was whether the EU will merely replace Russian fossil fuels with other dirty fossil fuels or seek to end Europe’s fossil fuel reliance and accelerate renewables and energy efficiency for those most at risk of energy poverty. The end result is a mix of both. While the plan positively puts forward increased renewable targets (from 40% to 45%), energy efficiency targets (from 9% to 13%), and a solar PV rooftop mandate, it fails to offer additional actions to tackle energy poverty. It also focuses on increasing imports of non-Russian LNG and pipeline gas and investing billions in new gas import terminals [2].

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Watch it Back: Learning Hub 2022

Issued in the blog on May 12, 2022 at 17:00:00.

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This year’s Learning Hub has looked at many different topics through film, poetry, reading, writing and other creative learning tools. Different media has allowed us to explore and learn about climate and social justice issues affecting people locally and globally. We’ve loved hearing from our special guest speakers but also hearing from our amazing learners, who have sent us music, drawings and fascinating articles about earth, energy, eco-anxiety, and activism.

Read on to access recordings from our webinars - along with read and watch lists and other resources to faciliate deeper exploration of the topics we covered.

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Friends of the Earth questions sustainability credentials of major climate conference

Issued in news on May 11, 2022 at 16:45:00.

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Dublin Climate Summit must reject far-off techno-fixes, false solutions and attempts to greenwash dirty energy

 

Friends of the Earth calls on Taoiseach and Government attendees to prioritise investment in real solutions that will help homes and businesses to end reliance on dirty fossil fuels.

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Watch it Back: System Change Week Webinar Series

Issued in the blog on May 06, 2022 at 14:18:00.

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Our System Change Week of online seminars explored interconnecting topics such as climate justice, racial and gender equality, sustainable housing, food systems, economic justice and lots more. The series offered bite sized talks that touched on local and global perspectives on global justice issues while highlighting solutions championed by groups in Ireland and around the world. Inspiring speakers shared information and resources connecting the dots between global justice issues and empowering us to take action.

Missed these webinars? We’ve got you covered! We recorded them for you to watch back at your leisure! Scroll on down to find recordings from each webinar - along with some excellent resources on the issues being explored!

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Dáil Carbon Budget vote a vital milestone for climate action

Issued in news on April 07, 2022 at 08:09:00.

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Dáil sets binding ceilings on climate polluting emissions to 2025 and 2030

Now the Government must divide the "pollution pie" between sectors

Friends of the Earth has welcomed the final adoption of binding climate pollution targets by the Dáil as "a vital milestone on the road to sustained climate action". In a packed Dáil on Wednesday night, the carbon budgets for 2021-2025 and 2026-2030 were adopted on a cross-party basis with only 8 TDs opposing the motion. The vote came just two days after the IPCC had issued its most stark call yet for "immediate and deep emissions reductions across all sectors".

Commenting, Oisín Coghlan, Chief Executive of Friends of the Earth, said:

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New alliance of trade unions, environmental & civil society groups call for Just Transition Commission to tackle climate change

Issued in news on March 10, 2022 at 12:37:00.

Just Transition Alliance Declaration March 2022

A newly formed alliance of trade unions, environmental and civil society groups has called for the immediate establishment of a national Just Transition Commission to develop an agreed blueprint for the zero-carbon transition, build public support for climate action and ensure that no worker or community is left behind.

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Launch of the Just Transition Alliance

Issued in the blog on March 09, 2022 at 15:34:00.

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Friends of the Earth campaigns to cut Ireland’s polluting emissions fast enough to prevent complete climate breakdown and fairly enough to leave no one behind.

The fastest and fairest transition is one that is inclusive, protects jobs and communities and delivers new opportunities for all. Achieving this will involve building a broad coalition across the trade union movement, environmental organisations and wider civil society.

That’s why we're delighted to be able to invite you to the online launch of the Just Transition Alliance this Thursday. The Alliance represents the coming together of trade unions (ICTU, SIPTU, FORSA) with climate campaigners (Friends of the Earth and the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition) and those focused on the social impact of the transition in Ireland (the social change think tank TASC).

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UN report makes clear that we are running out of time to secure a liveable planet

Issued in news on March 01, 2022 at 10:39:00.

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UN Report Makes Clear We Are Running Out Of Time To Secure A Liveable Planet

Yesterday’s IPCC report on the impacts of climate change [note 1] shows the science is clear: we are running out of time to secure a liveable planet for humans and nature.

The report calls for urgent action to respond to accelerating climate risks, and presents adaptation solutions with a focus on cities and climate resilient development. It paints a stark picture of a world in climate breakdown. The following three points from the report are particularly concerning:

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From targets and plans to implementation and delivery: Eight climate policy challenges that the Government faces in 2022

Issued in news on February 08, 2022 at 18:29:00.

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Friends of the Earth has published a media briefing outlining 8 policy challenges the Government faces this year in the area of climate change.

Commenting, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisín Coghlan, said:

"2021 was all about the big picture, setting a target for 2030, putting it in law, and outlining plans to cut emissions in half. 2022 is all about the implementation and delivery of the hundreds of commitments in the Climate Action Plan, across all government departments, to actually start reducing pollution. And it's about the Climate Council, the Oireachtas, the media, and civil society holding government to account for delivering those commitments."

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