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Start the Conversation with a Book

Issued in the blog on July 29, 2019 at 22:17:00.

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Books are a great way to learn about the world and ourselves, and can often spark deeper discussions.

Talking about environmental issues such as climate change isn't always easy, so books can be a good way to start the conversation.

Our first ever book club series seems to be going quite well. We've hosted physical events in Dublin, Wicklow and Belfast and have engaged with many of you online through our webinars. Because we can't always meet in person, we're trying out new ways to connect.

Climate Generation Book Club Panel.JPGOn March 28th, we launched our book club at the Fumbally Stables in Dublin, joined by author and activist Lorna Gold to discuss her book ‘Climate Generation, Awakening to our Children’s Future’.

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Movement Building, Skill Sharing and Collaborating

Issued in the blog on July 29, 2019 at 16:59:00.

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A lot the work we do at Friends of the Earth involves working closely with grassroots activists groups, we do this because we see the importance of collaboration and relationship building to strenghten and build on the movement we are a part of.

Training Links Programme

Through our ongoing courses we have been actively enaging people in environmental issues, connecting the dots and offering opportunities for people to gain skills and knowledge so they can take action on the issues they care about.

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Climate Emergency to Action Plan

Issued in the blog on July 29, 2019 at 16:19:00.

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As secretariat members of the Stop Climate Chaos coalition, we have been very active over the last number of months, campaigning for strong climate action and legislation. Here's a summary!

Climate Action plan

While eagerly awaiting the Climate Action plan, we put together five tests or indicators of how serious the Government is taking climate action seriously, and effective the Plan will be in bringing down emissions pollution. The Government’s new Climate Action Plan was published in mid-June to much fanfare, and in July, we published our assessment of the Plan, in collaboration with the Environmental Pillar. A summary of our report is available here and the full report is available here.

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Active Hope - Two Webinars and One Event

Issued in the blog on July 17, 2019 at 14:45:00.

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Active Hope is something we do. And we're doing it together.

This month, we've been reading 'Active Hope' by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone and last week we hosted an online discussion with Chris Johnstone to introduce Active Hope, you can watch the recording here at this link.

In this webinar, Chris shares what inspired him to write the book and how it was born from a series of conversations with Joanna Macy. Chris was curious to find out what can we do to help us adequately respond to the climate crisis while sustaining our actions.

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End of Term Climate Report: 'Little Leo is falling in with the wrong crowd'

Issued in news on July 09, 2019 at 11:36:00.

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Climate coalition issues "end of term" report on Government's performance

Friends of the Earth says 'Little Leo is falling in with the wrong crowd'

Commenting in advance of the launch of the Stop Climate Chaos "end of term" report, Oisín Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth said:

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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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