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The Future is Bright ...

Issued in the blog on December 22, 2016 at 03:43:00.

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Yesterday was the shortest day of the year.

It was dark for 16 ½ hours.

Here in Ireland we just flicked a switch to put on the light. And got on with cooking, working, surfing, or relaxing by the Christmas tree.

For 1.2 billion people around the world that’s just not possible. They have no access to electricity. 1 in every 6 people on Earth. When the sun goes down, life gets more complicated: cooking, washing, reading, homework, socializing, safety are all curtailed by a lack of power.

We want to help change that in 2017.

Because the future is bright. The future will Run on Sun.

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Trinity has put itself on the right side of history, time for Government to follow suit

Issued in news on December 12, 2016 at 16:40:00.

TCD Fossil Free Provost - Trinity Fossil Free campaigners with the Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast.
Trinity Fossil Free campaigners with the Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast.

Stop Climate Chaos Coalition
News Release
4pm Monday 12th December 2016

Trinity College's Decision to Divest from Fossil Fuels an "Historic Step"

Victorious student campaigners join call for Government to take taxpayers' money out of fossil fuels

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Frack free November, Divestment December?

Issued in the blog on December 09, 2016 at 14:32:00.

TCD Fossil Free Students

First up, the film Atlantic was RTE One last night. So it's now available to watch on RTE Player. It's great film from the director of The Pipe about three small fishing communities, in Ireland, Norway and Canada, as they struggle to maintain their way of life in the face of mounting economic and ecological challenges. Also, the last episode of David Attenborough's breathtaking Planet Earth II is on BBC One Sunday at 8pm.

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Climate statement a damp squib. Next week's climate action plan must deliver.

Issued in news on December 08, 2016 at 17:56:00.

Naughten which way

Minister Naughten's inaugural climate statement was a damp squib

Next week's action plan faces 5 tests of credibility

Friends of the Earth have reacted with dismay to Minister Naughten's first Annual Transition Statement on climate action, presented to the Oireachtas this week.
The debate in the Seanad is here. The statement published in the Oireachtas library is here .

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

"There was just no sense of urgency in today's climate statement.

"If Minister Naughten can't get Enda Kenny's Government to commit to real action we may as well have Trump as Taoiseach.

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Keep calm and dry in the face flooding

Issued in news on December 05, 2016 at 22:23:00.


This time last year we were all in the throes of Storm Desmond.  On this day, December 5 th , Theresa Mannion made sure we all understood just how treacherous the conditions were with her RTE news broadcast from Galway urging us all not to “make unnecessary journeys, don’t take risks on treacherous roads and DON’T SWIM IN THE SEA!”

Weather conditions are much better this year, in fact it’s hardly rained at all in 6 weeks. But Friends of the Earth is urging that Ireland takes an ecosystems approach to managing flood risk. By working with nature, we can enhance the capacity of our landscape to slow the flow of water during flood events and to reduce flood risk.


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Minister's support for ban on fracking welcome, as EPA identifies key uncertainities

Issued in news on November 30, 2016 at 16:13:00.

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Keep it in the ground

EPA report identifies key uncertainties in impacts of fracking on the environment and human health

Minister's support for ban on fracking welcome

Research commissioned by the EPA on Unconventional Gas Exploration and Exploitation UGEE, or fracking was published today.

The research, which was limited to a desk study analysis, concludes that there is inconclusive data and evidence to quantify many of the risks of fracking on the environment and public health, particularly in relation to the pollution of groundwater aquifers.

Commenting Kate Ruddock, Deputy Director of Friends of the Earth said

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EPA Research on Fracking out today at 2pm - Four tests for its credibility

Issued in news on November 30, 2016 at 13:09:00.

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Press Release
For Immediate Release 30-11-2016
Friends of the Earth

EPA Report on Fracking out at 2pm today

Four tests for its credibility

The long awaited research commissioned by the EPA on Unconventional Gas Exploration and Extraction, or ‘fracking’ will be published today at 2pm.

This research is expected to examine the potential impacts of fracking in Ireland, and comes one month after the Dáil unanimously accepted the principle of banning fracking in Ireland [1].

Here are 4 tests which should be used to determine if this research can offer a credible contribution to the debate on whether fracking should go ahead in Ireland or not.

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The Health Impacts of Climate Change

Issued in the blog on November 28, 2016 at 18:08:00.

Carbon dioxide is the perfect killer. Invisible and odourless, it exerts its mal-effects insidiously and so surreptitiously that they have managed to avoid registering on most peoples’ daily list of concerns. Indeed this has allowed its continued production to be regarded by many as essential to maintaining the quality of life that most of us currently enjoy.

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Dail gives unanimous backing to bill to ban fracking

Issued in news on October 28, 2016 at 11:50:00.

Dáil gives unanimous backing to Bill to ban fracking
Hailed as historic first step to fossil free future

Friends of the Earth has hailed the passing of a Bill to ban fracking in the Dáil tonight as "an historic first step towards a fossil free future". At 7.20pm the Ceann Comhairle noted that the Dáil had "unanimously" agreed the second stage of Tony McLoughlin's private members bill and referred it to a select committee for detailed scrutiny. The decision came on the same day the Dáil voted to ratify the Paris Agreement which comes into force next week.

Commenting, Deputy Director of Friends of the Earth, Kate Ruddock said:

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Last night we made history. Now let's make the future.

Issued in the blog on October 28, 2016 at 11:47:00.

hanne dk - Keep it in the ground
Keep it in the ground

10 days ago we asked for your help to get a Bill to ban fracking over its first big hurdle in the Dáil. You responded like never before, raising money for a legal opinion on the Bill in less than 24 hours. Then 2,500 of you wrote to your local TDs urging them to #BackTheBill.

And you won!

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