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ACTION: Push your MEP candidates to take the Fossil Free Pledge!

Email your MEP candidates now and demand they sign the Fossil Free Pledge!

If you support the Not Here, Not Anywhere Fossil Free Election Pledge and want your European election candidates to do so too, then tell them by using this handy e-action!

To keep global warming below 1.5°C and avert the most severe impacts of climate change, we must rapidly reduce the burning and use of fossil fuels and 80% of the known fossil fuels must stay in the ground. Climate action means urgently committing to and achieving a Fossil Free Future, in Ireland, and around the world.

The Fossil Free Election Pledge has five principles:

  1. A just transition for workers and communities;
  2. Protect our seas and end offshore drilling;
  3. No new fossil fuel infrastructure;
  4. Stop burning coal, peat and unsustainable biomass for electricity;
  5. Ban importing fracked gas and support a fossil free future globally

Specifically, we want to see European election candidates:

  1. Redirect all EU financing of fossil fuel projects to renewable energy projects, specifically through making the European Investment Bank fossil free
  2. Ban the importation of fracked gas to EU countries
  3. Promote a rapid phase out of fossil fuel energy generation in EU countries with a just transition for workers and communities

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

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


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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Win tickets to see Naomi Klein in Dublin - and triple your gift to support community energy

Issued in the blog on April 05, 2016 at 15:36:00.


For the next 10 days every euro you give us will be tripled by an EU grant to support our work on community energy.

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.

Now we need to get the next Government to follow through with the concrete steps to make it happen.

Our priorities include:

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CORRECTION: There is no climate action plan. Last one was NINE years ago.

Issued in news on April 01, 2016 at 18:33:00.

Missing climate action plan

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).

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Fianna Fail - Fine Gael climate action plan an historic turning point

Issued in news on April 01, 2016 at 11:53:00.

Missing climate action plan

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:

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Can you stomach another Leaders' Debate ...

Issued in the blog on February 23, 2016 at 02:41:00.

YFoE hustings

... 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.

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Ask your candidates to take the Vote Frack Free pledge .


The hustings Young Friends of the Earth held with the Environmental Pillar are now online.

You can see the full 86 minutes here .

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Help bring our politicians back down to Earth tomorrow

Issued in the blog on February 16, 2016 at 18:01:00.


Have you heard any journalist ask any candidate in the election a question about climate change or the environment?

Tomorrow we change that. Tomorrow we break the #climatesilence.

Young Friends of the Earth and the Environmental Pillar have joined forces for a hustings.

Join us at 5.45pm on Wed 17th

In person: Wynn's Hotel, Abbey Street Lwr, D1

Online: Live streaming on Persicope - @foeireland

On Twitter: #GE16environment

We now have 6 parties who have confirmed they will have a representative there: Fine Gael (Senator Cáit Keane), Sinn Fein (Lynn Boylan MEP), AAA-PBP (Richard Boyd Barrett TD), Green Party (Eamon Ryan). Fianna Fail and Labour have yet to name their representative.

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6 questions for every candidate in the election. Click to ask them now.

Issued in the blog on February 05, 2016 at 13:23:00.

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

Politicians are always telling us that nobody ever mentions climate change on the doorstep.

Let’s change that this time.

Whenever candidates call to the door over the next three weeks, say you’re concerned about climate change. Tell them now by email.

You can mention the flooding, fracking, or Ireland doing its fair share, on the doorstep if you want but, actually, even just saying you’re concerned means the TDs in the next Dáil will be that bit more likely to listen to us.

If you do get into a conversation with them we have six questions - ask them any or all of them.

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Join us for 2 Film Screenings - 13th February

Issued in news on February 04, 2016 at 15:58:00.

line in the sand

Friends of the Earth in collaboration with The Progressive Film Club are screening two documentaries - "Solar Mamas" and "Line in the Sand" on the 13th of February from 2:30pm, New Theatre. 43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar.  Admission is free, but donations are welcome and will be dividied between the two hosting groups.

Ciara Kirrane - Friends of the Earth's Head of Climate Action will also speak at the event on Friends of the Earth's current campaigns and upcoming events. 

Solar Mamas - 2:30pm

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Let's make our issues election issues

Issued in news on February 02, 2016 at 13:41:00.

Six Steps to a Fossil Free Future

Tug of War Politicians are always telling us that nobody ever mentions climate change on the doorstep.

Let’s change that this time.

Whenever canvassers call to the door over the next few weeks, say you’re concerned about climate change.

You can mention the flooding, fracking or Ireland doing its fair share if you want, but just saying you’re concerned will mean politicians will be more likely to listen when we lobby them.

If you get into a conversation with them here are six questions - ask them any or all of them:

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Energy White Paper has "The Vision Thing" but lacks detail on delivery

Issued in news on December 16, 2015 at 13:08:00.

Kev sunset small

Carbon Free vision, 2050 target, community ownership welcome. Needed urgently: detail and delivery

A new national energy policy, the first test of Ireland's determination to play its part in delivering on the ambition of the Paris climate agreement, had been launched my Minister Alex White.

Commenting Kate Ruddock, Policy and Campaigns Manager at Friends of the Earth said,

"We welcome the Minister's vision of a Carbon Free future and the target of an 80-95% reduction in emissions by 2050. It's also good to see the commitment to support citizens and communities owning the clean energy that will power our future. But the concrete actions in today's document don't match the scale of the ambition or the urgency of the challenge.

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