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ACTION: Petition: Reject Shannon LNG's Planning Application

I don’t want more fossil fuels in Ireland and want An Bord Pleanála to reject Shannon LNG’s planning application.

  • In May this year, the Government produced a policy statement which introduces a moratorium on fracked gas imports and the development of polluting Liquefied Natural Gas terminals pending the completion of an energy security review (to be completed over the coming months).
  • Since then the Government has committed to increasing the current objective of 70% renewable electricity on the Irish system by 2030 to ‘up to 80%’ under the new National Development Plan that has just been released. The Government passed a new Climate Act in July which introduces a climate neutrality target for 2050, as well a 51% emissions reduction target by 2030. The Government has also committed to reaching 70% renewable electricity on the Irish system by 2030. The construction of new fossil fuel infrastructure is completely incompatible with these objectives.
  • A year ago Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin produced a letter to their Green Party counterparts which noted "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".
  • The Government introduced legislation to prevent new licences for oil and gas exploration in Irish waters in July this year. There is already a legislative ban on fracked gas in Ireland since 2017. There is also legislation in place to make the state investment fund pull its money out of fossil fuels.
  • The International Energy Agency in their analysis of a pathway to net zero emissions has concluded that “beyond projects already committed as of 2021, there are no new oil and gas fields approved for development…Net zero means a huge decline in the use of fossil fuel”.
  • UCC research has shown that as Ireland decarbonises its energy system and phases out fossil fuels, Irish semi-states face significant risks of stranded assets and major economic losses. However, our planning and regulatory system is not properly aligned with our climate obligations
  • At the very least half of all existing gas reserves need to stay in the ground unburned to keep global heating to less than 2C, more if we are serious about the Paris goal of 1.5C. There is just no room for new gas. We need to #KeepItInTheGround.
  • Having banned fracking here to protect our communities from the environmental and health effects, it would be hypocritical in the extreme to start importing fracked gas from under the feet of communities in the US who stood with us while we campaigned for the Irish ban.
  • It makes no environmental or economic sense to sink millions of euro into building import terminals to import liquefied fossil gas (fracked or not) from around the world when we have to use less and less gas in future.


Notes

  • This initiative is supported by several activist groups and originated with Safety Before LNG -safetybeforelng.ie
  • Full information on this case is available on the An Bord Pleanála website here .If you wish to make your own individual submission to An Bord Pleanála, please see An Bord Pleanála’s requirements on their website here and here (note in person or by letter only; ABP fee of €50 per submission)

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 2020, that they had done it! But they haven't. 

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

Please email your TD's today, and ask them to put pressues on Minister Burke and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage,   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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The Story of Plastic, is the Big Story the plastic industry doesn’t want you to see. It’s a must watch!

Issued in news on May 11, 2020 at 10:47:00.

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Sick of Plastic Campaign
PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate release: Monday May 11th

Environmentalists come together to bridge the gap between plastic and fossil fuels, unveiling plastic industry secrets, through a free two-day online streaming and webinar.

Environmental campaigning groups have been hosting online screenings across the world to bring the full story of plastic to mainstream audiences since the film premiered on the Discovery Channel on Earth Day this year.

On May 12th and 13th the Sick of Plastic Campaign will be streaming the film for free online for the Irish public. And on May 14th the campaign will host a webinar to discuss the film and explore the links between plastic and fossil fuels within both the Global and Irish contexts.

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Webinar May 14: What the frack has gas got to do with plastic!?

Issued in the blog on May 08, 2020 at 18:52:00.

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What has that plastic bottle polluting your local river got to do with gas?!

Well, a lot as it turns out.

Natural gas is primarily composed of methane, a greenhouse gas which, when released, has over 100 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. Gas is used as an energy source the world over.

What is less well known is that gas is also used as a material to make plastics. Ethane is a hydrocarbon also present in gas and a primary raw material for petrochemical (or plastics) manufacturing. Global fossil fuel extraction companies are heavily involved in the production of plastics. They use the ethane accessed via fracking to produce plastics that exist for hundreds of years in the environment.

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Story of Plastic - Webinar on Plastic and Gas

Issued in the blog on May 01, 2020 at 11:53:00.

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The Story of Plastic is the story BIG PLASTIC does not want you to see.

Join us for a webinar on May 14th to reflect on the newly released film 'The Story of Plastic' - which takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution, from extraction of fossil fuels to plastic waste replacing fish in our Oceans, and to explore Ireland's role in tackling these issues.

The film premiered on Earth Day April 22nd and we're very excited to team up with VOICE Ireland to bring it to our supporters and friends with a 48 hour online film streaming on May 12th and 13th.

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Watch Resisting Mining and Fossil Fuel Projects Webinar

Issued in the blog on April 27, 2020 at 19:25:00.

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Last Wednesday, Earth Day, ourselves and Not Here Not Anywhere co-hosted a webinar to explore the challenges faced and lessons learnt when resisting mining & fossil fuel projects.

We heard from Esteban who is campaigning against fracking in Argentina, Fidelma who is working with a group called Save our Sperrins against the onslaught of gold mining in Northern Ireland, and Aideen who is part of Not Here Not Anywhere who are pushing for an end to fossil fuel exploration both in Ireland and abroad.

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Join us for a webinar on resistance to fossil fuel and mining projects!

Issued in the blog on April 15, 2020 at 14:47:00.

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Exploring Challenges & Lessons from the movement at home and abroad

Join us for this webinar on grassroots experiences of resisting and campaigning against mining and fossil fuel industries on Wednesday April 22nd, at 2pm EST /  3pm ART / 7pm GMT / 8pm CET/

Fossil fuel and mineral mining industries are some of the most polluting and most damaging to health in the world, and they are a huge driver of climate change. Communities directly affected by these projects, along with environmental and climate campaigners, have mobilised for decades against these dirty industries. Join Friends of the Earth and Not Here Not Anywhere for this online panel discussion on some of the challenges faced and lessons learned in these grassroots struggles.

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Time to raise our voices

Issued in the blog on April 09, 2020 at 15:00:00.

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Fianna Fail and Fine Gael are close to finalizing a joint policy framework as the basis to go into Government together. In the coming days they plan to invite the smaller parties to talk about joining them.

I'll email my TD

FF and FG are the only parties whose leaders did not sign the One Future pledge for Faster and Fairer Climate Action. The only want to cut emissions by 2% a year when the science says it needs to be at least 8%. We need to bend the emissions curve rapidly, they are content to just nudge it.

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Ireland’s Energy Security is not at risk

Issued in news on April 08, 2020 at 14:55:00.

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Leaked assessment from Attorney General’s office regarding lack of energy security is misleading and inaccurate, say Stop Climate Chaos

Ireland’s largest climate coalition, Stop Climate Chaos, has today refuted the claim by the Attorney General’s office, reported in last Sunday’s Sunday Times[1] that Ireland’s energy security is at risk unless we invest in more gas infrastructure. According to the Sunday Times article, the undated analysis by the AG stated that the Irish state could incur fines if we are found not to comply with European standards for energy security.

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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.

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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.

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