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Watch it back - Webinar on 7% Emissions Reduction

Issued in the blog on May 01, 2020 at 14:03:00.

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If you missed last night's webinar 'Why is everyone talking about 7% and what does it mean?' - fear not, you can watch the recording below!

Invite your TD to join you for a cup of tea online, and a briefing on Climate Action. We'll provide the Zoom, and the experts, you bring your TD and your Tea, and we'll talk about what's important for climate action for the next Government. Click here to join this action!

Politicians looking to form a government are focused on the idea of 7% emissions reduction. But what does this number really mean and what are climate campaigners saying about it?

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7 things you should know about the 7% emissions reduction rate everyone is talking about

Issued in the blog on April 30, 2020 at 08:52:00.

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Join this webinar this evening to find out more. The panel includes Prof John Sweenet, Dr Cara Augustenborg and Sadhbh O'Neill. Meantime, here's my 7 things to know about 7%.

1. It’s grounded in science and backed by the UN

Every year the United Nations Environment Programme publishes an “emissions gap” report, which analyses the gap between how much countries are planning to cut emissions and what is required to keep global heating to 1.5C, the goal of the Paris Agreement.

Last November the main headline from the UNEP Emissions Gap report was that we need to “cut global emissions by 7.6 percent every year for the next decade to meet 1.5°C Paris target”.

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Why is everyone talking about 7%?

Issued in the blog on April 29, 2020 at 16:26:00.

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Join this webinar at 5pm Thursday April 30th to find out...

Why is everyone talking about 7% and what does it mean?

Friends of the Earth and Stop Climate Chaos Policy Advisor, Sadhbh O'Neill, will be joined by climate scientist Professor John Sweeney at 5pm tomorrow to help us break down what's going on with Government negotiations and climate action demands.

Register here at the link.

Things are moving fast in government negotiations and it can be hard to keep up. The news is full of the need of 7% emissions reduction target. But what does that actually mean?

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We're taking to the phones - Join us for Earth Day

Issued in the blog on April 22, 2020 at 12:01:00.

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Climate campaigners are taking to the phones for Earth Day today to participate in the online call-a-thon which is supporting people to call their TD's about climate action today between 5-6pm.

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FF/FG doc: A strange lack of science in climate section

Issued in the blog on April 15, 2020 at 18:22:00.

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Commenting on the the FG / FF framework document, Oisín Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth said:

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What climate campaigners will be looking for in the Fianna Fáil - Fine Gael joint policy document

Issued in news on April 11, 2020 at 15:23:00.

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Climate campaigners will be examining the joint policy framework for government Fianna Fail and Fine Gael are sharing with smaller parties with an eye on three big questions and six specific policy areas.

Friends of the Earth will be looking for answers on three overarching questions about the parties' approach to climate change:

1. Do the parties "Unite Behind the Science", and commit to 8% a-year emissions reductions?
2. Will the economic recovery plans reduce emissions
or return to business, and pollution, as usual?
3. Is there a new commitment to social dialogue to ensure climate policy has public support?

1. Do the parties "Unite Behind the Science", and commit to 8% a-year emissions reductions?

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Confront Climate Emergency with same determination as Covid-19

Issued in news on April 09, 2020 at 16:13:00.

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Campaigners call on parties to confront the climate emergency with the same determination as Covid-19

Efforts to reboot the economy must be consistent with, not contradict, Ireland’s climate obligations

The Stop Climate Chaos Coalition [1], has today (Thursday 9th April) formally written to party leaders emphasizing three key principles which the Coalition believes should underpin the policy framework document currently being finalised by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, and the Programme for Government that follows. The campaign group called on the next Government to:

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Time to raise our voices

Issued in the blog on April 09, 2020 at 15:00:00.

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Fianna Fail and Fine Gael are close to finalizing a joint policy framework as the basis to go into Government together. In the coming days they plan to invite the smaller parties to talk about joining them.

I'll email my TD

FF and FG are the only parties whose leaders did not sign the One Future pledge for Faster and Fairer Climate Action. The only want to cut emissions by 2% a year when the science says it needs to be at least 8%. We need to bend the emissions curve rapidly, they are content to just nudge it.

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Ireland’s Energy Security is at Risk

Issued in news on April 08, 2020 at 14:55:00.

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Leaked assessment from Attorney General’s office regarding lack of energy security is misleading and inaccurate, say Stop Climate Chaos

Ireland’s largest climate coalition, Stop Climate Chaos, has today refuted the claim by the Attorney General’s office, reported in last Sunday’s Sunday Times[1] that Ireland’s energy security is at risk unless we invest in more gas infrastructure. According to the Sunday Times article, the undated analysis by the AG stated that the Irish state could incur fines if we are found not to comply with European standards for energy security.

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"This bewildered earth"

Issued in the blog on April 04, 2020 at 15:12:00.

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In this update:

... hope is never dead / until this bewildered earth stops  /  throwing up roses.

I have to admit that I had never heard of Donegal poet Moya Cannon until Olivia O'Leary read part of her poem "Flowers Know Nothing of Our Grief" in her RTE Drivetime slot last week.

Although written a couple of years ago, it seems especially apt as we huddle at home watching this invisible plague sweep the globe while Spring bursts forth outside our windows.

You can play the 4 minute podcast of Olivia's column, always worth listening to, here. And the full text of Moya Cannon's poem was published in the Donegal Daily on Thursday.

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