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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.

Email your Government TD's and Senators today and tell them to Act Now to prevent LNG terminals - floating or fixed - in Ireland. 

We need YOU to help green the Picnic! Apply to volunteer now!

Issued in the blog on July 28, 2017 at 14:27:00.

EP recycling

For the last 2 years, Friends of the Earth has brought a super team of volunteers to Ireland's biggest music, comedy and spoken word festival - Electric Picnic. This year will be our biggest venture yet.

Will you be part of it?

Festivals can be intense bursts of waste; thousands of people in a relatively small area, usually eating every meal from a food truck, needing to dispose of each food container. Beer cans often blanket the ground, melding with broken tents on the Monday morning to provide a perfect picture for every Irish newspaper, fodder for festival shame. It's embarrassing, it's disgusting, and it's a blight on the face of Ireland.

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Press Release: Climate plan more an 'action promise' than an action plan

Issued in news on July 20, 2017 at 12:34:00.

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Climate plan more an 'action promise' than an action plan

National Mitigation Plan just doesn't add up to a big enough pollution cut

Friends of the Earth has expressed its disappointment that the Government's long-awaited National Mitigation Plan doesn't do enough to reduce Ireland's climate-changing pollution.
Commenting, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisin Coghlan said:

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Press Release: Today's action plan a test for Leo's 'new ambition on climate change'

Issued in news on July 19, 2017 at 10:45:00.

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Covered in the news today by 

Morning Ireland


Action Plan a test for Leo's "new ambition on climate change"
Cabinet to discuss climate change on Wednesday as National Mitigation Plan is published

Friends of the Earth has said that tomorrow's publication of the first action plan on climate pollution for 10 years is a real test for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's promise of "a new ambition on climate change". The National Mitigation Plan will be published at midday on Wednesday, with Ministers also due to discuss climate change tomorrow at the first "strategic cabinet meeting", as promised by the new Taoiseach.

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

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Ireland Bans Fracking

Issued in the blog on July 10, 2017 at 12:06:00.

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We've done it! Huge thanks to everyone involved.

On Thursday 6th July 2017, President Higgins signed the Bill to legally ban fracking in Ireland into law. 

The new law now makes it illegal for any one to look for or extract petroleum from Ireland's onshore.

The success of this campaign is down to the power of people working together to achieve a common goal. From the committed groups across Leitrim, to everyone who contacted their local TD, to those who signed our 11,000+ strong petition, those who showed up in the Dail and Seanad over the last few months, and those who held banners on the streets!  Everyone had a role to play.  Only together can we take on Government, and win!

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Six Steps to a Fossil Free Ireland

Issued in publications on June 21, 2017.

Ireland needs an Energy Revolution

Our vision is of a fossil fuel free Ireland by 2050.

An Ireland where nobody is dependent on fossil fuels for a warm home, a mobile life or affordable electricity.

An Ireland where everybody has the chance to own the renewable energy developments that will power our lives, and to participate in the decisions that get us there.


Read our Six Steps to a Fossil Free Ireland by 2050 here. 

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New Taoiseach should delay Government's climate change plan

Issued in news on June 14, 2017 at 19:20:00.

Varadkar signed petition calling for 'fair payment for solar electricity'

USI, Dóchas, the Environmental Pillar and Stop Climate Chaos issue joint letter

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Dail fracking ban a great victory for local campaigners, boost for global climate movement

Issued in news on May 31, 2017 at 17:06:00.

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Dáil passes fracking ban in a great victory for local campaigners
Historic move a boost for global climate movement

Commenting, Friends of the Earth Ireland's Deputy Director, Kate Ruddock, said

"This ban is a great victory for the local campaigners who have mobilized and educated themselves, their communities and their elected representatives on the threat fracking poses to local water, regional employment and global climate. It's a real honour for us to work alongside them to progress this Bill in parliament.

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SEAI Energy Show: An Overview of Energy in Ireland

Issued in the blog on May 10, 2017 at 11:23:00.

SEAI Energy Show: An Overview of Energy in Ireland

David West, Dublin FoE, April 2017

posted by Guest Blogger

According to the most recent SEAI energy data report (2015), in line with the recovery from the aftermath of the economic crash, 2015 saw the first year of an increase in energy use in Ireland since 2009. Given this fact, the SEAI Energy Show offered the chance to see where Ireland currently stands on our energy consumption, greenhouse emissions and the mitigation of this impact through renewable energy project roll-outs and innovationsin green technologies.

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Bill to Ban Fracking in Ireland passes another major legislative hurdle today

Issued in news on May 09, 2017 at 17:43:00.

Mr Frackhead outside the Dail graphic

A major success for environmental campaigners in Ireland

Progress of this Private Members Bill a testament to New Politics

Friends of the Earth has welcomed the Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and the Environment’s decision to pass a Bill which would ban hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas in Ireland today. This marks the ‘third stage’ or ‘committee stage’ debate on this Bill.

The proposed Bill received unanimous support from the Dail late last year, and a public consultation undertaken earlier this year also received overwhelming support with 8,000 submissions received in favour of legislating to ban fracking in Ireland compared to one submission which opposed it.

Kate Ruddock, Deputy Director of Friends of the Earth said

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Naughten's climate plan is an 'F'-ing disgrace

Issued in the blog on April 19, 2017 at 17:55:00.

FoE_F_Rating_2_HiResIf Minister Naughten's draft climate plan was a fridge-freezer it would get an F-rating.

Click here to tell him we want a new plan that we can be proud of.

After 6 years Enda Kenny's Government has finally published a draft climate plan. But it's so awful it's embarrassing. In the face of the greatest threat humanity faces Ireland is looking for a free ride.

It's not really a plan at all, it reads like a discussion document. And it doesn't actually adopt any new actions to reduce Ireland's emissions.

Our political leaders are putting vested interests ahead of the public interest. And they are counting on the public not paying attention.

We want your help to prove them wrong.

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