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.
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!).
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.
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:
On 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 had real success last year in getting the Government to recognize the role of communities in the transition to a zero-carbon energy system. The new national energy policy, the White Paper, launched in December is very strong on a commitment to energy citizens and communities.
There is no FF - FG deal on climate action The last national climate change strategy was launched 9 years ago tomorrow
It is with genuine regret that Friends of the Earth must report that our press release this morning to the effect that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael had agreed an ambitious climate action plan was mistaken. There is no plan. In fact, the last national climate action plan was published by Minister Dick Roche, NINE years ago tomorrow (that should be the April Fool's joke but it's not).
Backroom deal for a solar revolution, a ban on fracking, closing the peat plants and an SSIA scheme for retro-fitting
Friends of the Earth has welcomed the news that Fine Gael and Fianna Fail have agreed an ambitious plan to cut Ireland's carbon emissions. The 5-year climate action plan is being seen as a vital plank of any deal on the formation of a new government.
A source close to the backroom talks that drafted the plan was quoted as saying:
Issued in the blog on February 23, 2016 at 02:41:00.
... that doesn't discuss climate change?
The election is in the closing stretch. The final leaders' debate is tonight. Will they discuss climate change? Probably not, but even if they do it'll be short and superficial at best. The reality, however, is that whoever forms the next Government will find climate change high on the policy agenda because of the Paris Agreement, looming EU targets and competing interest groups at home.
So how much thought have the parties actually given it? Below you can see and read for yourself.