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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.


Reflections on COP26 - with some resources to watch and read

Issued in the blog on November 18, 2021 at 12:57:00.

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I’m back in Ireland after my trip to Glasgow for COP26 with 16 year old youth activist Amy O’Brien. What a trip it was. We left Glasgow full of mixed feelings and emotions.

Rage as the leaders of rich countries continue to refuse to do their fair share, turning their backs on the poorest of the world - who face a crisis of COVID 19, rising inequalities and climate apartheid.

Heartbreak for the 138 developing countries, representing 5 billion people, whose proposal for a Loss and Damage Finance Facility to help deal with devastating climate impacts was blocked by rich countries like the EU, US and UK.

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The laggards left their mark on the final COP text. Now it's time for climate leaders to show the way.

Issued in news on November 13, 2021 at 20:11:00.

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The climate movement emerges stronger, ready to hold national governments to account

Reacting to the outcome of the COP26 climate negotiations, Oisín Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth Ireland said:

"Glasgow was a staging post not a finishing line. What’s clear now is that the formal negotiations at COP may never produce an outcome that reflects the urgency of the science and the imperative of justice. Not when the final text is effectively subject to a veto from any polluting country with a brass neck.

"What’s equally clear from from this COP is that collective agreement is no longer the limit on global action it once was. While some countries are still dragging their heels others are beginning to pick up the pace. Equally, while fossil fuel companies are lobbying for the path of delay and destruction others are grasping the business opportunities of the race to zero.

"Now the COP is over it's time for climate leaders to show the way, and let history judge the laggards.

"And all the time the global climate movement is growing in strength and diversity. We may not yet have succeeded in forging the international agreement we want but increasingly we can hold our national governments to the standards required by the 1.5C goal in the Paris Agreement.

"The two-steps forward, one-step back nature of the annual climate talks is deeply frustrating but we must pocket any modest gains from Glasgow - the first mention of phasing out of fossil fuels and the renewed commitment to adaptation finance for example - and ratchet up our demands for the next time.

"Collectively our governments have not met the moment but our international movement emerges from Glasgow stronger than ever. We return home to push our national governments harder than ever to act in line with science and equity."

Update on Climate - the Climate Law kicks in

Issued in the blog on November 05, 2021 at 11:25:00.

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The start of an urgent, radical transformation

What is really exciting for our climate campaigning in recent weeks has been to see the new climate law we campaigned so long and so hard for begin to have an impact. The law has teeth and it has begun to bite.

The law puts the new target of reducing emissions by 51% by 2030 on a statutory footing. The new Climate Action Plan has just been published too, which should act as a roadmap to guide Ireland in reaching this target. That’s the plan we all made submissions on back in May.

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Update on One Future

Issued in the blog on November 05, 2021 at 09:38:00.

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One Future is the network of local climate campaign groups supported by Friends of the Earth and Stop Climate Chaos. It is the network to join if you want to deepen your climate campaigning and take the next step after emailing your TDs or signing our petitions. The One Future network will help connect you with other people living in your area who are concerned about climate change and who want to take collective action with other people in their constituency.

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Climate Plan: A roadmap for resilience and hope

Issued in news on November 04, 2021 at 17:06:00.


A relentless focus on delivery and a ratcheting up of the sectoral targets and actions are now essential


In an initial reaction to Climate Action Plan, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisín Coghlan, commented:

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Five things to watch for in today's Climate Plan

Issued in news on November 04, 2021 at 10:33:00.

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Friends of the Earth has laid out five question the Government's Climate Action Plan, due to be published later today, needs to answer.

1. Do the sectoral targets add up to 51%?

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COP26 won't deliver Climate Justice but we can! Ways to take action this weekend

Issued in the blog on November 04, 2021 at 08:00:00.

COP26 day of action for climate justice

Less than 48 hours to go until the Global Day of Action for Climate Justice! And if ever there was a need for climate justice it is now. 

The COP26 climate talks are underway and it’s been hard to stomach. Rich countries have failed to commit to their fair share of emission reductions. As a result, the climate action pledges submitted so far would leave us with 2.7 to 3 degrees of warming, far from the 1.5 degree limit we so badly need.

Not only that, but rich countries have broken their promises to provide climate finance to help poorer countries deal with climate impacts and roll out their own climate action plans.

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Taoiseach's speech marks a step change in political leadership on climate

Issued in news on November 02, 2021 at 17:09:00.

Micheal Martin speaking at COP26

The real test will be the Climate Action Plan

Reacting to the Taoiseach's speech at COP26 today (and his interview on Morning Ireland), Director of Friends of the Earth, Oisín Coghlan said:

"I think the Taoiseach's remarks today mark a step change in political leadership on climate. I've never heard a Taoiseach speak so convincingly on the need for climate action. He spoke about the need for immediate action to keep 1.5 alive. He spoke about the cost of inaction being greater than the cost of action. He called out the scaremongering of certain sectors and he also moved to reassure all sections of society the the Government will put in place the supports we all need to make the transition to a cleaner, safer, healthier future.

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Fairness must be at the heart of Ireland’s climate action

Issued in news on November 02, 2021 at 11:52:00.

Micheal Martin at COP

Taoiseach addresses COP and Government finalises landmark Action Plan

Detailed COP briefing here

As the Taoiseach prepares to address the UN COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Friends of the Earth has said fairness must be at the centre of Ireland’s climate action if it is to succeed. The call comes as the Government puts the finishing touches to its Climate Action Plan due to published this week.

Commenting, Friends of the Earth Director Oisín Coghlan said:

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Friends of the Earth briefing on COP26

Issued in the blog on November 02, 2021 at 09:32:00.

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Governments, civil society, climate justice activists, researchers and journalists from around the world are meeting for the UN climate summit (COP26) in Glasgow. The COP26 summit from the 31st of October to the 12th of November 2022 is a major opportunity to fight for climate justice, put a spotlight on Government promises and demand urgent climate action at local, national and international level.

Friends of the Earth has prepared a briefing with key information about the COP, why it matters, how you can get involved, what are the current obstacles and what the Irish Government must do to overcome them.

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