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Watch it Back - Agriculture's Contribution to Climate Action Webinar

Issued in the blog on May 17, 2020 at 11:06:00.

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Ireland needs the agriculture sector to make a real contribution to emissions reduction if we are going to do anything like our fair share to contain climate breakdown and fulfil the Paris Agreement.

But how much? And how? This debate can be fraught with confusing scientific information and no little spinning. Well, we're here to try and untangle it for you.

Watch our recent webinar on What Contribution can Agriculture make to Climate Action where were joined by our policy expert Sadhbh O'Neill to explain what's going on, along with Oonagh Duggan of BirdWatch Ireland and Ailbhe Gerrard of Brookfield Farm.

Watch it back here.

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Webinar: Women Resisting Climate Change in the Global South

Issued in the blog on May 12, 2020 at 11:08:00.

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Join this webinar co-organised by the Galway Feminist Collective and Friends of the Earth Ireland to discuss these issues, on Wednesday May 20th at 7pm Irish time/1pm CST/2pm EST/8pm CET.

As the world grapples with the challenges posed by climate change, there is increasing awareness in the Global North that communities from the Global South will be most impacted by the effects of climate change. We increasingly recognise that those same communities are often on the front line of resistance to extractive projects that threaten the environment and exacerbate the impact of climate change, particularly: mining, mass hydroelectric infrastructure and biofuels. Women across these communities often put their safety, freedom, livelihoods and lives on the line to protect the environment and Mother Earth.

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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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