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Update on our Faster and Fairer Climate Action Campaign

Issued in the blog on July 22, 2021 at 16:44:00.

End of marathon (1)

Ireland has a new Climate Law!

Friends of the Earth has been campaigning for a strong Climate Law for 14 years - and this has been a major focus of our climate work in recent months - with much success! On Friday 16th July Ireland’s new Climate Bill passed its final vote - with all parties in the Seanad supporting it. Just a few weeks earlier the Dáil had passed the Bill by an incredible 129 votes to 10!

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Climate Bill's passage into law is end of marathon and start of sprint

Issued in news on July 15, 2021 at 09:50:00.

End of marathon (1)

Climate Bill's imminent passage into law signals the end of a marathon campaign begun by Friends of the Earth in 2007. The race to eliminate our pollution emissions must now begin.

Friends of the Earth has said final Dáil vote on the Climate Action Bill this evening (14th July) will be a landmark moment for Irish climate policy and for public administration in Ireland, describing it as “the end of a marathon and the start of a sprint” [1]. After the final Dáil and Seanad votes the Bill will go to President Higgins to be signed into law.

Commenting on the imminent passage of the Bill, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisín Coghlan said:

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Seanad makes largely symbolic amendments to the Climate Bill

Issued in news on July 02, 2021 at 17:04:00.

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Seanad amendments don't get agriculture off the hook
No definition of climate justice better than a bad one

Today in the Seanad Committee Stage debate on the Government's landmark Climate Action Bill, Minister Ryan and senators agreed two changes to the Bill. The first change (Amendments 1 and 92) was to make explicit that as well as counting polluting emissions the Government will count "removals", that is to say land use change that absorbs pollution, when measuing compliance with the carbon budgets and sectoral emissions ceilings that will be adopted under the law. This change was the result of lobbying by the IFA in recent weeks. The second change (Amendment 7) was to delete the proposed definition of climate justice in the Bill. The ceos of Trócaire, Concern, Oxfam and Christian Aid had written to the leaders of the three coalition parties to express their dismay at how narrow the proposed definition was and calling for its improvement or removal.

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Climate Bill Amendments by Mattie McGrath & others would turn Ireland from Climate Laggard to Laughing Stock

Issued in news on June 02, 2021 at 18:16:00.

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Climate Campaigners call for Climate Bill’s definition of Climate Justice to be improved or deleted

The Stop Climate Chaos Coalition's "traffic light" assessment of the proposed amendments is online here.

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Winning against Big Gas & Oil

Issued in the blog on May 27, 2021 at 17:35:00.

Shell FoE Netherlands

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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Historic Climate Victory! Judge forces Shell to drastically reduce emissions

Issued in news on May 26, 2021 at 16:07:00.

Shell FoE Netherlands

Friends of the Earth Netherlands wins climate case against Shell 


Responding to the news, Friends of the Earth Ireland made the following comments:

Emma-Jayne Geraghty, Education and Training Coordinator with Friends of the Earth Ireland said:

"This ruling signals the end for Big Oil and Gas. Fossil fuel companies like Shell have a unique responsibility for the climate crisis. Their continued drilling for gas and oil is totally incompatible with maintaining a planet that is safe for life. Not only that, but Shell’s promotion of false climate solutions is a dangerous distraction from the real climate action we need. Because behind its talk about supporting the Paris Agreement, we know that Shell has been doing the very opposite - fuelling climate chaos."

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Book Launch: A Short Hopeful Guide to Climate Change

Issued in the blog on May 18, 2021 at 12:00:00.


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.

FB Hopeful Guide Launch


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

Issued in the blog on May 13, 2021 at 15:23:00.

FoE 2 mins last chance consultation

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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Some events to celebrate Earth Day - 22nd April

Issued in the blog on April 21, 2021 at 16:53:00.


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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Climate Bill is a Big Step in the Right Direction

Issued in news on March 23, 2021 at 16:55:00.

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New draft makes real progress on most of the tests posed by Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth has welcomed the publication of the revised Climate Action Bill

Commenting, Friends of the Earth Director Oisín Coghlan said:

"This Climate Bill is a big step in the right direction. The first draft had too many loopholes. Now, the targets are tighter, the duty to act is stronger, and the language is clearer."

“But today is just the beginning. TDs and Senators must now do their job to make sure the final law is as robust as possible."

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