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ACTION: Push your MEP candidates to take the Fossil Free Pledge!

Email your MEP candidates now and demand they sign the Fossil Free Pledge!

If you support the Not Here, Not Anywhere Fossil Free Election Pledge and want your European election candidates to do so too, then tell them by using this handy e-action!

To keep global warming below 1.5°C and avert the most severe impacts of climate change, we must rapidly reduce the burning and use of fossil fuels and 80% of the known fossil fuels must stay in the ground. Climate action means urgently committing to and achieving a Fossil Free Future, in Ireland, and around the world.

The Fossil Free Election Pledge has five principles:

  1. A just transition for workers and communities;
  2. Protect our seas and end offshore drilling;
  3. No new fossil fuel infrastructure;
  4. Stop burning coal, peat and unsustainable biomass for electricity;
  5. Ban importing fracked gas and support a fossil free future globally

Specifically, we want to see European election candidates:

  1. Redirect all EU financing of fossil fuel projects to renewable energy projects, specifically through making the European Investment Bank fossil free
  2. Ban the importation of fracked gas to EU countries
  3. Promote a rapid phase out of fossil fuel energy generation in EU countries with a just transition for workers and communities

Friends of the Earth Newsletter, January 2019

Issued in the blog on January 28, 2019 at 17:24:00.

Welcome to our newsletter - catch up on what we've achieved over the past few months thanks to your support, time and donations. See what we're planning next and how you can be involved!

Friends of the Earth Campaigns

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Community Energy & Solar Schools

Congratulations to St Munchin's College in Limerick, our first winners of the Solar Schools competition. A fantastic group of students ready to take on the energy transition in their school!

More winners will be announced very soon - watch this space! This exciting pilot project targeted a number of areas where community energy cooperatives are already in existence. The aim of the project is to support schools and communities to power themselves with free renewable electricity generated right from their roof.

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Carbon tax will only work as part of a 'Green New Deal': 12 steps to a zero carbon future

Issued in news on January 14, 2019 at 20:30:00.

Poolbeg sunset by Philip Milne - Poolbeg chimneys. A monument to the sunset industries of the fossil fuel age. Photo by Philip Milne.
Poolbeg chimneys. A monument to the sunset industries of the fossil fuel age. Photo by Philip Milne.

Carbon tax will only work as part of a "Green New Deal"

NGO proposes 12-step programme to quit fossil fuels

Irish Times   Times, Ireland Edition   Irish Independent   RTE: Sean O'Rourke

Friends of the Earth has called on the Government not to increase the carbon tax as a stand-alone policy, but to include it in a comprehensive "Green New Deal" with Government taking the lead on cutting emissions and making less polluting choices affordable and accessible for people. The call comes as Minister Bruton holds a high-level consultative forum on his proposed new all-of-government climate action plan this week, and the special all-party Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action prepares its final report by the end of the month.

Commenting, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisin Coghlan, said:

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Beat the VAT increase on coffee. Plus a new series of Eco Eye starts tonight.

Issued in the blog on January 08, 2019 at 06:42:00.

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Happy New Year.

I'm really optimistic we can make a breakthrough this year on climate action (see below for a preview of the possibilities).

But first, a quick life hack for coffee drinkers! It hasn't been such a good New Year for those of us who look forward to a take-away coffee at some stage during the day. The VAT increase in Budget 2019 has added 9 to 18 cent to the price of a coffee since January first.

Thankfully, there's an easy way to avoid paying the new higher price.

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Let’s make 2019 the year we choose a safer, healthier future.

Issued in the blog on January 01, 2019 at 06:20:00.

Poolbeg sunset by Philip Milne - Poolbeg chimneys. A monument to the sunset industries of the fossil fuel age. Photo by Philip Milne.
Poolbeg chimneys. A monument to the sunset industries of the fossil fuel age. Photo by Philip Milne.

This is the full length version of an article for the Irish Independent

Politicians and the public are paying attention to climate change like never before. A number of factors coming together gives us the opportunity to make 2019 the year Ireland takes climate action seriously.

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Minister Bruton's new climate plan 'not yet the revolution he promised'

Issued in news on December 19, 2018 at 16:27:00.

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Commenting on the draft National Energy and Climate plan, just published by Minister Bruton, Oisín Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth, said:

"Today's draft National Energy and Climate Plan is not yet the 'revolution' Minister Bruton has promised, but I welcome his honesty that this is the case. The Minister has again committed to producing an new all-of-government Climate Action Plan early in 2019 with additional measures to cut pollution in all sectors of the economy and society, and close Ireland's 'emissions gap'.

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It's happening. Are you in?

Issued in the blog on November 29, 2018 at 02:28:00.

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Something is happening. And I think I know what it is.

The climate movement in Ireland is growing in passion and power.

Together, in the last three years, we've:

  • Passed the historic Climate Action Act
  • Passed a law to ban fracking
  • Divested Irish universities from fossil fuels
  • Got the Bill to divest the Irish sovereign wealth fund to the point where it will be law before Christmas
  • Got the Bill to ban offshore oil and gas drilling to Committee Stage in the Oireachtas

All four of those Bills were initially opposed by Government and the civil service. But people power has tipped the balance towards progress.

Yes, I’ll talk to my TD on 5th December Yes, I’ll help you support people taking action

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Friends of the Earth Newsletter, November 2018

Issued in the blog on November 26, 2018 at 16:06:00.

Welcome to our newsletter - catch up on what we've achieved over the past few months thanks to your support, time and donations. See what we're planning next and how you can be involved!

Community Energy

Publication cover - Factsheet_Run on SunThe way energy is generated, sold and used in Ireland is changing fast. A couple of weeks ago, we asked for your thoughts on buying, investing in and supporting locally owned renewable energy. A million thanks to those of you who took that survey. There is very little Irish research on this topic, so real data from real people is invaluable to us. If you’re interested in the results, you can see them here. slightly smiling face

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Apply now to take part in Mobilize. Resist. Transform. Environmental Issues Course 2018!

Issued in the blog on October 23, 2018 at 16:57:00.

Mobilize. Resist. Transform. 2018

Are you aware of the existence of envrionmental issues, but unsure how they interconnect? Are you eager to meet like-minded people with whom to delve into these issues and find a point of intervention where you can make a change? Perhaps you have watched a documentary about climate change but don't know where to start in order to make a change, and that can be a lonely, scary place. So maybe you need to feel part of a community to feel supported enough to try to make those changes?

If any or all of this sounds like you, then register now to take part in Mobilize.Resist.Transform - a 6 week Autumn evening course run by Friends of the Earth.

Apply to take part by completing this form:

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We're not going down without a fight

Issued in the blog on October 15, 2018 at 18:33:00.

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Last Monday a UN scientific panel published an alarming report on on climate change. The impacts are worse than we thought and to prevent complete climate chaos we essentially have to halve our pollution by 2030 and reduce it to zero by 2050.

On Tuesday, the Government introduced Budget 2019, dropping plans for an increase in the carbon tax announced by the Taoiseach, and effectively "giving two fingers to the Paris Agreement" and everyone who is threatened by climate change.

It was a staggering failure of political leadership that put us all at risk of devastating climate impacts.

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U-turn on carbon tax would be 'two fingers to younger generations'

Issued in news on October 09, 2018 at 10:25:00.

Budget 2019

Budget a key test of Taoiseach's credibility on climate change, one day after stark scientific call for action

Reacting to reports that that the Government may drop plans to raise the carbon tax by €10 in today's Budget, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisin Coghlan commented:

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