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ACTION: For the Love of ...Solar Schools

Please change the planning exemptions so that schools and community buildings can install solar panels, without the added expense of seeking planning permission.

We love Solar Power! It's clean, free and zero carbon, but in Ireland we have hardly any of it.

And the reason why has nothing to do with how much sun we get! It's because Ireland has unique rules that are designed to make installing solar panels REALLY hard. It is particularly hard for schools.

One of these rules is planning permission.  Schools need planning permission to install even one solar panel.  It's madness, and adds significant cost. 

For years politicians have promised to change this.  They even leaked a story to the papers in August, that they had done it! But they haven't. 

Today, the change is in the hands of Minister Peter Burke. 

Please email him today, and ask him to make good on the promise of many before him, for the Love of Solar. 

ACTION: Make your promise on LNG a policy!

We want to see a robust Government policy statement on Liquefied Natural Gas

On April 28th 2020 both Leo Varadkar and Micheal Martin signed a statement saying "Both of our parties accept that as we move towards carbon neutrality, it does not make sense to build new large scale fossil fuel infrastructure such as liquefied natural gas import terminals"

Following this the Programme for Government was agreed, which committed to developing a policy statement to prevent the importation of fracked gas.

But the Government has done nothing to make good on this promise, and the threat is growing every day that the fossil fuel industry will start to build liquified natural gas terminals in Ireland. There are now potentially 5 terminals in the making, and plans to turn Ireland into the gateway location for the transportation of fossil gas though Ireland into the UK and Europe. As a country we were groundbreaking in establishing a ban on fracking in 2017, so to import fracked gas from abroad is tantamount to offshoring the injustice that communities subjected to fracking face. It would also add fuel to the climate crisis.
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Email your Government TD's and Senators today and tell them to Act Now to prevent LNG terminals - floating or fixed - in Ireland. 
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"This bewildered earth"

Issued in the blog on April 04, 2020 at 15:12:00.

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In this update:

... hope is never dead / until this bewildered earth stops  /  throwing up roses.

I have to admit that I had never heard of Donegal poet Moya Cannon until Olivia O'Leary read part of her poem "Flowers Know Nothing of Our Grief" in her RTE Drivetime slot last week.

Although written a couple of years ago, it seems especially apt as we huddle at home watching this invisible plague sweep the globe while Spring bursts forth outside our windows.

You can play the 4 minute podcast of Olivia's column, always worth listening to, here. And the full text of Moya Cannon's poem was published in the Donegal Daily on Thursday.

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Fossil Fuel Subsidies in Ireland Report

Issued in the blog on March 30, 2020 at 17:05:00.

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Friends of the Earth Ireland via its involvement in the Citizens for Financial Justice European project commissioned an independent researcher to investigate fossil fuel subsidies in Ireland.

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Energy Democracy & Community Power Webinar

Issued in the blog on March 25, 2020 at 18:26:00.

Watch it back in full, online! (1)

Thank you to our panelists and participants for tuning into our webinar 'Energy Democracy & Community Power' yesterday evening.

Cliona Sharkey, Policy Advisor with Trócaire, Paul Kenny, CEO of Tipperary Energy Agency and John Fogarty of Community Power, Ireland’s first community owned electricity supplier joined us for a lively discussion on the question;

How can we build energy democracy in our communities so that everyone has access to community power?

 

If you missed it, you can watch it back here in the video below.

Join the energy revolution, switch your electricity supplier to Community Power today - click here to make the switch!

For more on Trócaire - click here, and for more on Tipperary Energy Agency - click here.

Energy Democracy and Community Power

Issued in the blog on March 10, 2020 at 12:22:00.

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This event, due to happen in Nenagh, has now moved *online.

The date and time remain the same: Tuesday March 24th at 7pm

*Those who register will receive an email with a link to join a Zoom webinar, with instructions on how to join. We still have a limited number of places for the webinar so registration is on a first come first served basis.

How can we build energy democracy in our communities so that everyone has access to community power?

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Power for the People

Issued in news on March 09, 2020 at 17:34:00.

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Power for the people  - Renewable Electricity auction now open for community energy

The first auction for the Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS 1) is open for applications from today, Monday 9th March, with the first auction due to take place over the summer. It is the first time community led renewable energy projects will be recognised and supported in Ireland.

Over 3,300 Gwhrs of renewable electricity will be auctioned for all renewable electricity technologies in this auction, which is expected to deliver a 30% increase. Communities are encouraged to develop their own renewable energy projects through the separate community preference category.

Kate Ruddock, deputy director at Friends of the Earth commented,

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Fossil Fuel Subsidies in Ireland

Issued in publications on March 09, 2020.

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FoE Briefing_Fossil Fuel Subsidies in Ireland

Issued in publications on March 06, 2020.

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Financing Climate Chaos

Issued in the blog on February 26, 2020 at 14:27:00.

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Fossil fuel subsidies in Ireland: Financing Climate Chaos

What are fossil fuel subsidies? Why do they matter?

Friends of the Earth are part of a European project called Citizens for Financial Justice that seeks to inform and empower citizens to make the global financial system work better for everyone. Last year, we commissioned research on the financing of fossil fuels in Ireland and Europe. Producer subsidies work to cut the costs and risks associated with bringing new natural gas reserves into production, and they threaten to derail the holistic social and ecological transformation that is needed.

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For The Love Of Solar! 2 Weeks To Go!

Issued in the blog on January 31, 2020 at 14:12:00.

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WIN SOLAR PANELS for your local school!

Young people all over Ireland calling for climate action while sitting in classrooms and learning in old buildings powered by fossil fuels. Meanwhile, Friends of the Earth are building a movement behind solar power in Ireland, that’s why we are running a competition to put solar panels on schools

Enter Now!!

This competition is an excellent opportunity for communities to participate in renewable energy generation, and schools are the ideal place for valuable community-based education to occur. The competition will play an important role in encouraging communities to take the first step on their sustainable energy journey.

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NGOs accuse EU Commission of breaking Climate Rules over Shannon LNG

Issued in news on December 16, 2019 at 12:00:00.

EU Commission accused of breaking Climate laws on very day President announces European Green Deal

The future for new fracking gas terminals across Europe at risk once again

 

Representatives from NGO’s in Europe and the United States have formally accused the EU Commission of breaking its own rules when it approved support for fracked gas import terminals across Europe. The groups have formally requested a review of the decision from the Director General Commissioner of Energy over concerns that the construction on new gas infrastructure to facilitate trade deals with the United States would wreak havoc on the global climate.

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