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Leo's Legacy: a hitman for the fossil fuel industry

Issued in news on July 04, 2019 at 19:00:00.

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.

Varadkar chooses the climate vandals over the climate vanguard, as Government kills Climate Emergency Bill

Friends of the Earth has described An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as a "Climate Vandal" and a "hitman for the fossil fuel industry" after the Cabinet today used an arcane parliamentary procedure to prevent any further debate on the Climate Emergency Bill for the duration of this Oireachtas and this Government. The Bill, which the Dáil has twice voted to progress to Third Stage, would end the issuing of new licences to explore for oil and gas in Irish waters.

Responding to media reports of the Cabinet decision, Oisín Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth said:

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Want to know more about 'Active Hope'?

Issued in the blog on July 04, 2019 at 12:04:00.

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Active Hope is one of the books featured in our new Book Club!

We have three opportunities coming up for you to learn about active hope and how it can help sustain our actions in the climate movement.

Online Q&A with author Chris Johnstone - Wednesday July 10th at 7:30pm

First up, we are hosting an online Q&A with Chris Johnstone, co-author of the book 'Active Hope'.

Just like our previous book club webinars, you can join from the comfort of your living room, kitchen table or back garden! You can tune in from your landline, mobile phone or your computer, simply register at this link to join.

Active Hope QA

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The Art of Facilitation, by Climate Activist Floss Adams

Issued in the blog on July 04, 2019 at 09:08:00.

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As part of a programme funded by The Wheel, Friends of the Earth have been given the opportunity to organise skill building workshops to support people who want to get more involved in the climate movement.

Together with Cultivate we hosted a facilitation training at the Fumbally Stables in Dublin, one of the participants, Floss Adams, shares her experience from the workshop below.

“Social Permaculture in a Regenerative Culture”

THE ART OF FACILITATION

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Summer Solstice Sea Swim Photos

Issued in the blog on July 01, 2019 at 15:46:00.

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It felt surreal, it was magic!

Looking back at our very first climate movement sea swim, it seems as though it could have been a dream. We really didn't know what to expect, so we were blown away at the huge turn out. Some people said there could have been 200 people at it! Thankfully, it was a beautiful morning, the sky was clear and the sea was calm. We're already talking about the next one, so stay tuned for updates soon!

Here's a few photos, taken from Young Friends of the Earth member, Reamonn McLoughlin who was kind enough to join and capture some of the morning's event. Check out Reamonn's Photography page on Facebook here at this link.

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Environmentalists can't promote carbon tax increases if Government promotes new fossil fuel exploration

Issued in news on June 26, 2019 at 11:52:00.

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Environmentalists can't promote carbon tax increases if Government promotes new fossil fuel exploration


Fine Gael position is "either immoral or implausible"

The Environmental Pillar of Social Partnership has told Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe at today's National Economic Dialogue (NED) in Dublin Castle that environmentalists will find it difficult if not impossible to promote an increase in the consumer carbon tax if the Government continues to block debate on the Climate Emergency Bill which would end the issuing of new licences to explore for more fossil fuels which we cannot afford to burn.

Speaking at the NED, Oisin Coghlan, a spokesperson for the Environmental Pillar said:

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Youth Activists Address MEPs on Climate

Issued in the blog on June 19, 2019 at 17:16:00.

In the lead up to the MEP elections, Youth Activists came together to voice their demands on climate and how they want to see Irish European representatives act on climate.

Young Friends of the Earth member, Martina, captured some of the event in this video below.

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Promised mechanisms to ensure delivery and oversight are biggest innovation in Government climate plan

Issued in news on June 17, 2019 at 17:41:00.

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New plan 'gets us to the starting line' on climate action Promised mechanisms to ensure delivery and oversight are biggest innovation


Friends of the Earth has welcomed the publication of the Government's new Climate Action Plan as "the biggest innovation in Irish climate policy in 20 years".

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

"This plan is the biggest innovation in Irish climate policy in 20 years. The key is not simply the measures themselves but the new mechanisms to ensure we actually deliver them.

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Sunrise Sea Swim For Climate

Issued in the blog on June 17, 2019 at 10:42:00.

Friends of the earth invites you to

We are organising our very first climate movement sea swim, and we would love you to join us!

Those of us who care about environmental issues tend to spend a lot of time indoors planning, organising, emailing, going to meetings, talks and so on. Sometimes we forget to stop, and enjoy the beauty of nature - the very thing we are working to protect. And, spending time in nature has been proven to have positive effects on our mental and physical wellbeing.

Join us to welcome the sun, from the sea, on the longest, brightest day of the year - Summer Solstice!

When? 5:00am on Friday June 21st

Where? Seapoint beach, Dublin

Register for swim

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From School Strikes to Wicklow's Climate and Biodiversity Emergency, local communities are driving change.

Issued in the blog on June 14, 2019 at 18:47:00.

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Wicklow’s declaration of a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency was instrumental in pushing the government to make the declaration on a national scale. Keith Scanlon, is one of ten parents and grandparents in Greystones and Delgany, Co. Wicklow, that came together to campaign for Wicklow’s declaration.

For this community, it all began as part of the Global School Strike for Climate on March 15th, in which millions of school students took to the streets all across the world alongside their parents and teachers. An estimated 11,000 people marched and demonstrated in Dublin, while 100’s came together in their local communities across the country.

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Hands up 4 Solar Schools

Issued in news on May 24, 2019 at 16:16:00.

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Friends of the Earth think every school should be able to be a Solar School. To lead on climate action and power themselves with clean, free electricity generated right from their rooftop. This year we are helping 5 schools to go Solar. Next year we will help 26!

If you want your school to be powered with solar power, and think others should be able to too, then we need you!

Fill in our survey and register for our Solar Schools competition launching in September 2019 where we will help 26 schools with ALL the technical and bureacratic adminstration of the installation and 90% of the cost!

Hands up 4 solar schools

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