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Friends of the Earth campaigns  for Ireland do its fair share to contain climate breakdown.
We are the secretariat of the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition and co-convene the One Future Campaign.


 

PfG Your questions answered

Issued in the blog on July 01, 2020 at 14:16:00.

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In advance of our webinar on the Programme for Government (June 23rd), we asked our supporters to submit questions about the proposed Programme that we could put to our panellists. We received over 300 questions, which were grouped into topics that then formed the basis of our webinar discussion. Unfortunately, we didn’t get time during the webinar to address every question or topic, but here is a flavour of what issues did come up, and what was particularly important for our supporters to have more information on. 

 

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New Government "gets Ireland to the starting line" on climate action

Issued in news on June 27, 2020 at 12:34:00.

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Strong climate law in first 100 days essential to ensuring Progamme for Government is delivered

Commenting on the formation of a new Government Friends of the Earth Director, Oisin Coghlan said:

"The Progamme of the new Government is the strongest we have ever seen on climate action. But it only gets Ireland to the starting line in the race to contain climate breakdown. Our emissions were the same in 2019 as they were in 2009.

"The focus is now on delivery of the commitments in the Progamme for Government, and especially a new stronger climate law within the first 100 days. A climate law that will see the Dáil adopting two 5-year carbon budgets making the pledge to cut emissions in half by 2030 legally binding.

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Catching up on Climate

Issued in the blog on June 17, 2020 at 22:45:00.

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Following the general election this year, Friends of the Earth have been hosting TD call-a-thons with people from across the country. Calling TDs is a really effective way for constituents to communicate their concerns to their political representatives, and influence them to take action.

Engaging with TDs can be intimidating, it can be hard to muster up the courage to do this alone. That’s why we decided to bring people together!

Each online call-a-thon involved a quick briefing on the issues to discuss with TDs and space for people to ask questions to our climate policy experts. Then everyone called their TDs. Together we contacted almost every TD in Ireland - and many more than once!

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PfG: 'Our best chance of faster and fairer climate action over the next 5 years

Issued in news on June 15, 2020 at 17:40:00.

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Commenting on the proposed Programme for Government, Oisín Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth said: “This is by far the strongest Programme for Government on climate action we have ever seen.

“Is it perfect? No. Is it everything we need to do? No. But it can put Ireland on the path to implementing the Paris Agreement and shed our climate laggard label. And in some areas Ireland would become a genuine world leader.”

“The commitment to an average 7% annual reduction in polluting emissions is a huge step forward. “And crucially, a new climate law will translate that 7% target into legally-binding 5-year carbon budgets, which will specify a limit on how much pollution each sector can emit.

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Public support for climate action in Ireland among highest in Europe

Issued in news on June 05, 2020 at 12:16:00.

Large majorities in rural Ireland support greater climate action on transport, housing and farming

Public support for climate action in Ireland is among the highest in Europe, according to new analysis of opinion poll data published by Friends of the Earth to mark World Environment Day. Asked whether government should prioritize climate action in the economic recovery from Covid-19, 63% of the Irish public said yes, the joint highest in Europe along with France and Italy. And asked whether their government would be failing its people if it does not act now to combat climate change 71% of Irish people said yes, with only France and Spain registering a higher percentage. On that question Ireland is significantly ahead of New Zealand (63%), Canada (60%), Germany (58%), US (57%) and Sweden (55%) [1].

Commenting on the results, Oisín Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth said:

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Join a Regional TD Calling Party!

Issued in the blog on May 27, 2020 at 16:25:00.

Join a TD Call-a-Thon

The next week is crucial for the climate. 

Three parties are currently negotiating what's called a 'Programme for Government', and we need to do whatever we can to make sure this is as strong as possible. For people, and for the planet.

Can you join a Regional TD Call-a-Thon before June 5th, World Environment Day?

We think the following is a solid strategy for making an impact!

  • We know that when constituents speak to their TDs, TDs listen.
  • We also know that a stumbling block in talks is the notion that the desire for strong faster and fairer climate action doesn't come from all age groups and localities around the country.
  • What's more, we know that the TDs currently negotiating care about their image in the media.

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Watch it back - Women Resisting Climate Change in the Global South - Webinar

Issued in the blog on May 27, 2020 at 12:27:00.

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If you missed it, don't worry. We're recording all of our webinars so you can watch them in your own time.

Watch the webinar here at the link, or in the video below:

This webinar was co-organised by the Galway Feminist Collective and Friends of the Earth Ireland.

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Poll finds large majority supports greater Government action on climate change

Issued in news on May 21, 2020 at 07:23:00.

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"Stunning" numbers should give confidence to parties negotiating Programme for Government

Irish Times article here

As the government formation talks focus today on climate policy, Friends of the Earth has published the results of an opinion poll showing overwhelming public support for greater government action to reduce polluting emissions. The headline findings include 9 out of 10 people saying that the government should be guided by science and expert advice on climate action as they have been on Covid-19. And 71% saying the next government will be failing the people of Ireland if they do not act now to combat climate change.

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Watch it Back - Agriculture's Contribution to Climate Action Webinar

Issued in the blog on May 17, 2020 at 11:06:00.

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Ireland needs the agriculture sector to make a real contribution to emissions reduction if we are going to do anything like our fair share to contain climate breakdown and fulfil the Paris Agreement.

But how much? And how? This debate can be fraught with confusing scientific information and no little spinning. Well, we're here to try and untangle it for you.

Watch our recent webinar on What Contribution can Agriculture make to Climate Action where were joined by our policy expert Sadhbh O'Neill to explain what's going on, along with Oonagh Duggan of BirdWatch Ireland and Ailbhe Gerrard of Brookfield Farm.

Watch it back here.

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Webinar: Women Resisting Climate Change in the Global South

Issued in the blog on May 12, 2020 at 11:08:00.

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Join this webinar co-organised by the Galway Feminist Collective and Friends of the Earth Ireland to discuss these issues, on Wednesday May 20th at 7pm Irish time/1pm CST/2pm EST/8pm CET.

As the world grapples with the challenges posed by climate change, there is increasing awareness in the Global North that communities from the Global South will be most impacted by the effects of climate change. We increasingly recognise that those same communities are often on the front line of resistance to extractive projects that threaten the environment and exacerbate the impact of climate change, particularly: mining, mass hydroelectric infrastructure and biofuels. Women across these communities often put their safety, freedom, livelihoods and lives on the line to protect the environment and Mother Earth.

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