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ACTION: Crunch time for the climate law

Ask your TDs to make sure the Government listens to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action - and makes the Climate Law stronger.

2021 will finally be the year that Ireland gets a new, stronger, Climate Action Law! The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action (JOCCA) scrutinized the draft Climate Bill last year. In December 2020, the JOCCA produced a strong report, asking the Minister for Climate Action to make the Bill better. Having this report is a powerful tool in our campaigning tool box. Now we just need to use it! It’s crucial that the Government accepts the JOCCA report recommendations - and addresses some remaining weaknesses in the Bill. Can you use our e-action below to email your TDs asking them to do all they can to ensure the Government accepts the JOCCA report’s recommendations? The Government will make its final decisions on the Climate Law very soon - so there’s no time to lose!

Friends of the Earth has campaigned for a strong climate law for many years. But this law is just one piece in the climate action puzzle. We must build a fossil free world to genuinely address the climate crisis. Ireland has shown some leadership here, banning onshore fracking and purging our sovereign wealth fund of fossil fuel investments. Early in February, the Government agreed on a proposal to ban new licenses for offshore oil and gas exploration. Good news - but we need to go further. The Programme for Government promised to ban the import of fracked gas through Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) terminals. But we are yet to see a policy statement to deliver on this promise. The Climate Law gives the Government an opportunity to ban the importation of fracked gas - and to specifically ban LNG terminals in Ireland. But with final decisions on the Climate Law about to be made, there’s not much time to push them consider this opportunity. So can you take our e-action today, asking your TDs to do all they can to strengthen the Climate Bill and ensure that the Government delivers on its promise to ban the import of fracked LNG to Ireland. Thanks for all you do!

Sunrise Sea Swim For Climate

Issued in the blog on June 17, 2019 at 10:42:00.

Friends of the earth invites you to

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

Register for swim

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

Issued in the blog on June 14, 2019 at 18:47:00.

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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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Friends of the Earth calls for public to support the school climate strikers NGO launches solar schools campaign

Issued in news on May 24, 2019 at 16:09:00.

FoEE supports the strikes

Friends of the Earth has written to its 26,000 subscribers calling on them to support the youth climate strikers today in any way they can [1].


The environmental organisation has today launched a "Hands up 4 Solar Schools" campaign for schools interested in leading the energy transition and powering themselves with clean, renewable energy generated right from their rooftop. This follows a project where 5 schools will go solar in 2019, and 26 more will be chosen by the end of the year.

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If you do one thing to support the climate strikers today ...

Issued in the blog on May 24, 2019 at 01:52:00.

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Vote.

If you do one thing to support the school climate strikers today, vote. Almost all of the school climate strikers are too young to vote. But it's their future that is at stake. So if you have a vote today, please use your power. Elections are won by those that show up. Show up for the future. Vote for the candidates that you think will prioritize the future of the kids on the streets today.

Then please do show your support for the strikers online:

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FoEE supports the strikes

And if you can join them on the streets please do.

Here are the latest details of the strikes around the country:

Final SCAN info 24 May
                  Final FFF info 24 May

Listen to this Friends of the Earth Europe podcast with strikers:

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Let's make Friday a Friday for the Future

Issued in the blog on May 22, 2019 at 10:08:00.

It's an emergency now act like it

Our politicians have declared a climate and biodiversity emergency. Now we have to get them to act like it.

This Friday we have the levers of power.

1) You can support the second global school strike.

2) You can #voteclimate and #votenature in the European Parliament elections.

One out, all out

On March 15th, over 1.6 million people across the world took part in the first global school strike for climate in over 120 countries, with at least 15,000 in Ireland, and the next Global Climate Strike is this Friday 24th May.

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Decentralised Organising by David McMullin

Issued in the blog on May 02, 2019 at 16:30:00.

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Friends of the Earth supported this training in decentralised organising in mid April. David Mc Mullin, member of Young Friends of the Earth, Not Here Not Anywhere and also member of the Friends of the Earth board has written this article to tell us all about it.

"What, you might ask, is decentralised organising? Some groups might say they operate with less hierarchy and more collaboration, or that they are aiming to cooperate and avoid the kinds of toxic power structures seen in so many organisations. At the end of the day we see various terms referring to similar things - many groups, including voluntary organisations, NGOs and business, want to organise themselves without bosses while maximising inclusion, participation, mutual care, trust and productivity.

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Youth Voices on MEP Climate Action

Issued in the blog on April 11, 2019 at 16:04:00.

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"If climate isn't on your agenda, you shouldn't be running at all" - just one of the messages delivered to MEP candidates at the event hosted at Europe House this week.

On April 9th, the Irish office of the European Parliament was packed with people who came to hear young people speak about what they want to see MEP candidates do to tackle the climate crisis if elected. Two panels of young people took centre stage with MEP candidates sat in the audience and listened to them. The lively and moving event featured on RTE's Nine O’Clock News - watch it back at this link.

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Cross-party negotiations deliver 'Good Friday Agreement' for climate action.

Issued in news on March 28, 2019 at 20:45:00.

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Friends of the Earth has welcomed the landmark report of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action, published on Thursday evening.Commenting, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisín Coghlan said

"The Oireachtas has given the Government an historic mandate for serious climate action.

"This is the Good Friday Agreement for Irish climate action. It is a cross-party deal to drive policy and measures to cut pollution across all sectors of the economy and society.

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Upcoming events, and a dig out for the student strikers

Issued in the blog on March 22, 2019 at 01:29:00.

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Over 10,000 students packed the length of Molesworth Street from the Dáil to Dawson street on 15 March 2019

We have quite a few events coming up, so I thought I’d compile them all into one email. There’s a couple in Dublin, one in Cork, and one is nationwide. We’re also planning further events around the country in the coming months.

Don’t Owe – Shouldn’t Pay

Dublin Event
When: Monday March 25th, 6:30pm - 8pm
Where: Connolly Books, 43 Essex Street East, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
More info and register for your free ticket here.

Cork Event
When: Tuesday March 26th, 6:30pm - 8pm
Where: UCC WW9, University College Cork, West Wing Building, Room WW9, Cork
More info and register for your free ticket here.

We’re teaming up with Financial Justice Ireland to bring you a workshop exploring debt relief from international monetary institutions with Heron Belfon, director of Jubilee Caribbean in Grenada.

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Don't Owe, Shouldn't Pay! Why Caribbean nations need a debt deal

Issued in news on March 13, 2019 at 17:20:00.

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Get your FREE ticket to the Dublin event on March 25th here.

Get your FREE ticket to the Cork event on March 26th here.

Join Financial Justice Ireland & Friends of the Earth (plus the Galway One World Centre for the Cork event) to discuss how climate chaos is fuelling natural disasters and a debt crisis in poor Caribbean island nations like Grenada. 

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