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Friends of the Earth Ireland calls on Enda Kenny to respect Seanad vote on trade deal

Issued in news on October 10, 2016 at 13:29:00.

Friends of the Earth Ireland calls on Enda Kenny to respect Seanad vote on trade deal

Seanad urges Government to oppose implementation of CETA until parliamentary scrutiny and ratification is complete.

Yesterday, the Seanad approved a motion calling on the Irish government to reject provisional application of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and Europe. The historic motion makes the Irish Parliment the first in the world to take a vote on CETA. Independent senator Alice Mary Higgins proposed the motion, which passed by one vote, having garnered the support of The Civil Engagement Group, Labour, Sinn Féin, and Green Parties, thus rejecting the position Fine-Gael led government.

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Taoiseach, it's time

Issued in the blog on September 29, 2016 at 17:14:00.

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The Taoiseach was addressing the Seanad today and a couple of Senators were interested in raising climate change with him. Here's what I would have said.
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Taoiseach,

Your government has adopted a National Policy Position on Climate Action, underpinned by the Climate Act, that defines Ireland's transition objective for 2050 as an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions between energy, housing and transport, and carbon neutrality for agriculture and land use, in line with the lower end of the EU's emissions goal for 2050. And your Government's White Paper on Energy has a target of reducing energy emissions by 80-95% by 2050, in line with the higher end of the EU's goal, and proclaims a vision of a "carbon-free" future for Ireland.

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Chairperson of Friends of the Earth Ireland, Dr. Cara Augustenborg, wins best Irish Current Affairs and Politics blog for ‘The Verdant Yank’

Issued in news on September 20, 2016 at 11:02:00.

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Chairperson of Friends of the Earth Ireland, Dr. Cara Augustenborg, wins best Irish Current Affairs and Politics blog for ‘The Verdant Yank’

Friends of the Earth Ireland are delighted to announce Chairperson Dr. Cara Augustenborg’s win for best Current Affairs and Politics blog in last week’s Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards 2016. Cara’s blog, The Verdant Yank, examines Ireland’s environmental issues with a scientific and political view.

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Stop Climate Chaos WALL-E Film Screening!

Issued in news on September 16, 2016 at 12:14:00.

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Friends of the Earth as part of Stop Climate Chaos are hosting our annual Autumn Outdoor Film Screening next Saturday 24th in Sandymount Green, and this year we are showing the Disney Pixar Movie Wall-E!

You joined us for Stop Climate Chaos's screening of Naomi Klein's "This Changes Everything" last year and we would love to see you next Saturday as we pair up with Happenings to screen Wall-E!

DATE - 24th September

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2016 summer update

Issued in news on July 29, 2016 at 13:38:00.

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As a valued supporter, we at Friends of the Earth would like to let you know how your support has contributed to our campaigns for environmental justice and a fossil-free future for Ireland.

Reverse the Decision to Abolish the Department of Environment

In May, Friends of the Earth, An Taisce, Birdwatch, VOICE and Irish Wildlife Trust ran a joint petition urging the Taoiseach to reverse his decision to abolish the Department of Environment. His decision was outrageous, as it showed a blatant disregard for a healthy environment, and would have left us embarrassed as the only EU member apart from Hungary without a Minister for the Environment.

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Film Screenings - The Atlantic & Community Power- Aug 17 Filmbase @7pm

Issued in news on July 27, 2016 at 11:29:00.

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Film Screenings - the Atlantic and Community Power

Where: Filmbase, Templebar, Dublin

When: Wednesday August 17th

Time: Doors at 6:30. Screening starts at 7 sharp with Community Power (20 mins) followed immediately by the Atlantic (75 mins). 

Tickets: Tickets are €7 and can be bought online here (tickets are selling fast, book now to avoid disappointment!).  

 

The Atlantic

From the maker of The Pipe, Risteard Ó Domhnaill's new film Atlantic takes on the powerful interests carving up Ireland's ocean resources.  Emmy Award-winning actor Brendan Gleeson narrates the film shot across Ireland, Norway and Newfoundland (Canada) by Scannáin Inbhear (Inver Films).  Atlantic was awarded Best Irish Documentary at the Dublin International Film Festival 2016.

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New report shows Irish agriculture is neither ‘climate-smart’ nor sustainable

Issued in news on July 19, 2016 at 15:36:00.

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Irish cattle less climate-efficient than European average and emissions per head up from 1990

Stop Climate Chaos and the Environmental Pillar have published a new report titled “Not So Green: Debunking the Myths around Irish Agriculture”. Drawing heavily on scientific evidence, the report challenges government and industry claims and shows that Ireland’s current agriculture and land-use policy is neither ‘climate-smart’ nor sustainable.

According to the study by the two NGO coalitions Ireland’s cattle-based agriculture is actually less efficient than the European average - in terms of the level of greenhouse gases emitted per calorie of bovine food produced - and methane produced per head of cattle has increased in Ireland since 1990.

Spokesperson for the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition, Catherine Devitt, said:

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Stop Enda abolishing the Department of Environment

Issued in the blog on May 18, 2016 at 16:25:00.

Barnacle Geese Malin Head by Christine CassidyOn his re-election as Taoiseach, Enda Kenny announced he was restructuring Ministerial Departments to better reflect the new Government's priorities. With that, he promptly abolished the Department of the Environment and scattered its functions across three Departments.

We have very little time to get this decision reversed. If this goes ahead, the words ‘environment’ and ‘heritage’ would be dropped from the titles of any Minister or Department, and Ireland would become the only EU member state without a Minister for the Environment.

We're asking you to do a couple of things:

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SEAI report shows political will is missing ingredient. Politicians are sleepwalking us into massive fines, missing massive opportunities.

Issued in news on April 06, 2016 at 15:27:00.

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Reacting to today's SEAI report on the actions required to meet our 2020 climate-polluting emissions targets, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisin Coghlan, commented:

"The first thing that strikes you on reading the SEAI report on how we can reach our 2020 emissions targets is the typical Irish line 'Well, I wouldn't start from here'.

"The SEAI proposals are eminently sensible but they are challenging mostly because of the lack of action until now.

"The missing ingredient is political will. It was missing during the election campaign and there's little sign of it yet in the talks on government formation.

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Tonight's telly, tomorrow night's cinema and our April Fool's

Issued in the blog on April 05, 2016 at 17:03:00.

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I meant to tell you yesterday about a new TV series starting tonight on TG4 at 8pm about the trees on Ireland (it's repeated on Sunday at 7.30).

It looks sumptuous (see the trailer here) and it's presented by the ever engaging Manchán Magan. Described as a "feast for the senses" it looks like the next best thing to a real walk in the woods.

By contrast, if you're around Dublin tomorrow I'll be talking in the IFI at 6.30pm before a screening of "The Day The Earth Caught Fire" (you can book here). It's the first film in a Science Gallery / IFI season on "How the cinema of the past had imagined our future".

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