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Can you stomach another Leaders' Debate ...

Issued in the blog on February 23, 2016 at 02:41:00.

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... that doesn't discuss climate change?

The election is in the closing stretch. The final leaders' debate is tonight. Will they discuss climate change? Probably not, but even if they do it'll be short and superficial at best. The reality, however, is that whoever forms the next Government will find climate change high on the policy agenda because of the Paris Agreement, looming EU targets and competing interest groups at home.

So how much thought have the parties actually given it? Below you can see and read for yourself.

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Ask your candidates to take the Vote Frack Free pledge .

 

The hustings Young Friends of the Earth held with the Environmental Pillar are now online.

You can see the full 86 minutes here .

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Help bring our politicians back down to Earth tomorrow

Issued in the blog on February 16, 2016 at 18:01:00.

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Have you heard any journalist ask any candidate in the election a question about climate change or the environment?

Tomorrow we change that. Tomorrow we break the #climatesilence.

Young Friends of the Earth and the Environmental Pillar have joined forces for a hustings.

Join us at 5.45pm on Wed 17th

In person: Wynn's Hotel, Abbey Street Lwr, D1

Online: Live streaming on Persicope - @foeireland

On Twitter: #GE16environment

We now have 6 parties who have confirmed they will have a representative there: Fine Gael (Senator Cáit Keane), Sinn Fein (Lynn Boylan MEP), AAA-PBP (Richard Boyd Barrett TD), Green Party (Eamon Ryan). Fianna Fail and Labour have yet to name their representative.

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6 questions for every candidate in the election. Click to ask them now.

Issued in the blog on February 05, 2016 at 13:23:00.

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Activists outside Leinster House illustrate the "tug-of-war" between fossil fuels and renewables for the future of Irish energy policy

Politicians are always telling us that nobody ever mentions climate change on the doorstep.

Let’s change that this time.

Whenever candidates call to the door over the next three weeks, say you’re concerned about climate change. Tell them now by email.

You can mention the flooding, fracking, or Ireland doing its fair share, on the doorstep if you want but, actually, even just saying you’re concerned means the TDs in the next Dáil will be that bit more likely to listen to us.

If you do get into a conversation with them we have six questions - ask them any or all of them.

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Join us for 2 Film Screenings - 13th February

Issued in news on February 04, 2016 at 15:58:00.

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Friends of the Earth in collaboration with The Progressive Film Club are screening two documentaries - "Solar Mamas" and "Line in the Sand" on the 13th of February from 2:30pm, New Theatre. 43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar.  Admission is free, but donations are welcome and will be dividied between the two hosting groups.

Ciara Kirrane - Friends of the Earth's Head of Climate Action will also speak at the event on Friends of the Earth's current campaigns and upcoming events. 

Solar Mamas - 2:30pm

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Let's make our issues election issues

Issued in news on February 02, 2016 at 13:41:00.

Six Steps to a Fossil Free Future

Tug of War Politicians are always telling us that nobody ever mentions climate change on the doorstep.

Let’s change that this time.

Whenever canvassers call to the door over the next few weeks, say you’re concerned about climate change.

You can mention the flooding, fracking or Ireland doing its fair share if you want, but just saying you’re concerned will mean politicians will be more likely to listen when we lobby them.

If you get into a conversation with them here are six questions - ask them any or all of them:

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Energy White Paper has "The Vision Thing" but lacks detail on delivery

Issued in news on December 16, 2015 at 13:08:00.

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Carbon Free vision, 2050 target, community ownership welcome. Needed urgently: detail and delivery

A new national energy policy, the first test of Ireland's determination to play its part in delivering on the ambition of the Paris climate agreement, had been launched my Minister Alex White.

Commenting Kate Ruddock, Policy and Campaigns Manager at Friends of the Earth said,

"We welcome the Minister's vision of a Carbon Free future and the target of an 80-95% reduction in emissions by 2050. It's also good to see the commitment to support citizens and communities owning the clean energy that will power our future. But the concrete actions in today's document don't match the scale of the ambition or the urgency of the challenge.

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Will the Energy White Paper live up to the spirit of Paris?

Issued in the blog on December 16, 2015 at 08:16:00.

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We thought we'd let you know our take on the Paris Agreement.


Here's our press release
, including an inititial assessment of what the Paris deal means for Ireland. And here's a round-up of assessments by campaigners, journalists and academics.

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Energy White Paper first test of Ireland's commitment on Climate Change

Issued in news on December 15, 2015 at 20:52:00.

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Tomorrow morning, Wednesday 16th December, Minister Alex White will launch the long awaited White Paper on Energy.

Only days after the historic agreement on climate change was agreed in Paris, this is the first opportunity for Ireland to reveal its true commitment to playing its part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and phase out fossil fuels.

Will it deliver? Friends of the Earth will be analysing it based on the following 6 questions.

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What I've been reading about the Paris Agreement

Issued in the blog on December 14, 2015 at 23:00:00.

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I've been reading various assessments of Paris over the last 48 and I thought I'd share my round-up of the most pithy and insightful.

  • Bill McKibben came over all Michael Collins in the official 350.org response: "This didn’t save the planet but it may have saved the chance of saving the planet".

  • I like George Monbiot's line: "By comparison to what it could have been, it’s a miracle. By comparison to what it should have been, it’s a disaster".

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Only people power can bridge the gap between ambition and action in Paris Agreement

Issued in news on December 13, 2015 at 17:05:00.

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Weak agreement in Paris means people power will have to drive transition to climate justice and safety

EU pressure on Ireland for a credible action plan likely to increase, as focus shifts to national 2030 targets

The landmark Paris Agreement will not deliver the climate stability it promises without consistent public pressure for action and accountability, according to Friends of the Earth. It will however increase the pressure on Ireland as the attention turns to negotiations in Brussels, in the New Year, to agree each country’s 2030 target, according to the environmental justice organization.

Speaking from Paris, Friends of the Earth Ireland Chair, Dr Cara Augustenborg, said

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