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Taoiseach offers litte more than 'fudge and dodge' in Paris

Issued in news on November 30, 2015 at 20:12:00.


Taoiseach calls for global climate action but offers mostly 'fudge and dodge' from Ireland

Reacting from Paris to the Taoiseach's address to the UN Climate Confernence, Oisin Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth said:

"Beyond the opening aspirations the Taoiseach's speech offered fudge and dodge rather than firm action to make those aspirations a reality.

"He devoted a chunk of his speech to trying to dodge pollution targets that would place any future limit on the agri-industry's voracious expansion plans.

''And on climate finance what sounded like an increase was actually a fudge. The €175 million promised over the next 5 years is no more than exisiting Irish Aid spending repeated into the future.

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Special pleader or a climate leader? Enda Kenny’s choice in Paris.

Issued in news on November 30, 2015 at 09:30:00.


"Ireland's good international standing is at risk"

A growing reputation for “special pleading” on climate action has put Ireland’s good international standing at risk, according to Friends of the Earth. As a result, the environmental organisation says, the Taoiseach has a lot of ground to make up when he addresses the opening day of the landmark UN Climate Conference in Paris.

Commenting from Paris, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisín Coghlan said

The Taoiseach faces a clear choice today. Does he cement Ireland’s growing reputation for special pleading or does he move to position us as a climate leader.

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New SEAI figures show big decisions still needed to get Ireland off fossil fuels

Issued in news on November 26, 2015 at 16:58:00.

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

Ireland still only just over half way to meeting the EU 2020 renewable energy targets

Today the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland released figures on the state of Ireland’s energy in 2014 [1]. The analysis shows our overwhelming dependence on fossil fuels, which still account for over 90% of our energy use. Despite recent progress we are still only half way to our EU 2020 renewable energy targets. Worryingly, last week's European Commission analysis confirmed that current policy will not do enough to get Ireland to meet these 2020 targets [2] which would result in heavy fines for Ireland. Friends of  the Earth campaigners staged a ‘tug of war’ today with fossil fuels vs renewables to represent the struggle for the future of our energy system.

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March for Paris, now more than ever

Issued in the blog on November 24, 2015 at 21:23:00.

We need you now more than ever.

The French Government has cancelled the People's Climate March in Paris on Sunday, amid ongoing security fears. The people of Paris may not be able to march for climate justice but we can.

This movement is bigger than any one march, and we need everyone now more than ever. The Global Climate March -- which already consists of thousands of events, small and large, all around the world -- goes on. From London to Los Angeles, Quito to Quizon City, people are still taking to the streets. Join us in Dublin on Sunday at 2pm on Custom House Quay. There are also events in Belfast, Galway and Cork.


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Young Friends of the Earth Intern Position

Issued in the blog on November 11, 2015 at 15:18:00.

YFOE poster

We are hiring a new intern to support our Young Friends of the Earth Activists. 

Young Friends of the Earth

Young FoE, a youth network within Friends of the Earth, was created in 2009 by and for young people wishing to campaign for environmental justice and sustainability in Ireland. We are looking for a dynamic coordinator to help us strengthen the network.

 The Opportunity

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It was twenty years ago today ...

Issued in the blog on November 10, 2015 at 09:49:00.

Ken Saro Wiwa Dance

On the 10th November 1995, Ken Saro Wiwa and 8 other Ogoni leaders were executed by the Nigerian military. They had been campaigning to remove Shell and other oil multinationals from Ogoni land in the Niger Delta, after decades of oil operations and countless spills and accidents.

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Day of Action: email your TD, Dail rally, film screening. Oh, and finally ...

Issued in the blog on November 03, 2015 at 18:14:00.

PrEPAring for FrackingI'm speaking at a briefing on fracking in Leinster House on Thursday lunchtime. Can you do me a favour and email your local TDs asking them to attend ? It'll only take a minute and they are much more likely to come when one of their own constituents asks them. Thanks.

The main speaker is a campaigner from Good Energies Alliance Ireland, based in Leitrim. They are very concerned at the increasing evidence that the EPA research on fracking is neither independent enough nor broad enough to be a legitimate basis for a Government decision for or against fracking. You can find out more here.

If you want to come to the briefing yourself, just email and we'll organize entry to Leinster House for you.

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Paris and beyond: get involved in building the climate movement

Issued in news on October 29, 2015 at 15:15:00.

In a month's time world leaders will gather in Paris to try to agree a global climate deal that has eluded them for the last 20 years.COP21

We don't trust them to have people's interests at heart. And we know any deal they do won't be strong enough. So, around the world people and communities are taking the lead themselves. Fighting to keep fossil fuels in the ground, organizing community energy projects to power their own future, and showing that a just transition to a carbon free future is possible.

Any Paris protocol won't be enough to contain climate change on its own, but Paris can be the moment when the climate movement becomes an unstoppable force for the system change we need.

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Launching our learning collective - People. Power. Action.

Issued in news on October 19, 2015 at 11:12:00.

Are you unhappy with how our society operates at present, would you like to see societal change?

There are certainly many changes I would like to see happen in Ireland and I believe every citizen needs to be a part of making these changes happen!

This is why this year Friends of the Earth are inviting citizens from across Ireland who are interested in becoming active in their community (whether that is in your town, college, work place or other) in relation to environmental and social justice issues, to come together weekly to meet like minded people, learn and share new skills and take action as part of the movement for social change and environmental sustainability.

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The passing of the Climate Bill by the Dáil is a significant milestone, but a concrete plan to actually reduce emissions is long overdue

Issued in news on October 08, 2015 at 10:27:00.

Climate Change Blows #1 - Vuvuzela Protest 24th November 2011
Vuvuzela Protest 24th November 2011

Friends of the Earth has welcomed the fact that the Dáil will today pass the Climate Bill, calling it a significant milestone in climate policy-making. But according to the environmental campaigning organisation Ireland is not on track to meet its 2020 EU targets and the current Government has repeatedly delayed adopting an actual emissions reduction plan, 3 years after the last climate action plan expired. Friends of the Earth began the campaign for a climate law in April 2007 and over the intervening years a consensus was forged among all political parties that putting climate policy-making on a statutory footing made sense.

Commenting, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisín Coghlan said

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