Issued in the blog on January 27, 2017 at 01:06:00.
One win ...
Last week we asked you to contact your TDs to ask them to support the Bill to divest state funds from fossil fuels. Yesterday the Dáil voted 90 votes to 53 to progress the Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill to the next stage. This is a real victory for people power given the Government steadfastly opposed the Bill and Fianna Fáil were on the fence right up to decision time.
Read our press release reacting to the historic vote: "This is first real sign of leadership from Ireland on climate action".
Government Defeated as Dáil takes historic step towards fossil free future
Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill passes second stage 90-53
Friends of the Earth has hailed as "historic" today's Dáil vote to progress a Bill to pull taxpayer's money out of fossil fuel companies. The Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill passed Second Stage by 90 votes to 53. Fine Gael and the independents who support the minority government were the only TDs to vote against the Bill, which will now passes to a Dáil Committee. It was the seventh Dáil defeat for the government since it was formed last year.
Commenting on the landmark vote, Oisin Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth said:
"This is first real sign of leadership from Ireland on climate action.
Issued in the blog on January 18, 2017 at 01:50:00.
This Friday 20th January Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America.
BUT....we have an alternative celebration for you, why not join us for a party and a film screening celebrating the people all around the world who are developing creative, positive solutions to our common challenges.
We are screening the award-winning French documentary Demain . I dare you to watch this 107 second trailer and not want to see more!
We know what the headlines from 2016 are and many are not good news for the environment.
But 2016 also saw a new storyline gathering pace, not from the board rooms and cabinet tables but from the sitting rooms and kitchen tables of people who aren't prepared to give up without a fight. It is the story of people power standing up to the corporate power of the fossil fuel industry, and winning.
Issued in the blog on December 22, 2016 at 03:43:00.
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.
Issued in the blog on December 09, 2016 at 14:32:00.
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.
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.