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Our Director's speech to the MacGill Summer School on Ireland's energy future

Issued in the blog on July 24, 2015 at 00:34:00.

Yesterday I delieverd a paper to the MacGill Summer School on "Ireland's Energy Crisis: What's to be done?". You can hear my 15 minute speech by clicking below. You can read the text here. And you can read the Irish Times report here.

 

 

Minister Alex White offers citizens a “genuine stake” in energy policy decision-making - DCENR Press Release

Issued in news on March 25, 2015 at 12:38:00.

Dublin, 25 March 2015

Energy Minister Alex White today (Wednesday) said citizens must be given a genuine stake in energy policy decision-making if Ireland is to succeed in meeting its renewable energy targets. He said he would address this in a White Paper on energy policy, which is being prepared for publication later this year.

Speaking at the annual Energy Show, organised by the Sustainable Energy Association of Ireland, Minister White said his ultimate goal was the decarbonisation of Ireland’s energy production and use.

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Supporting Communities in Renewable Energy

Issued in publications on March 24, 2015.

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Young Friends of the Earth Global Divestment Day Action - Saturday 14th February, 2pm Sean O' Casey Bridge

Issued in news on February 13, 2015 at 17:39:00.

YFoE Divestment Day Action 2015

Imagine all the money that is put into oil, gas and coal industries is instead directed towards clean energy, community and social projects, arts and culture. Imagine a worldwide shift in consciousness and awareness where we all gave our heads a little shake and woke up to how ludicrous it is to destruct and control this amazing planet?

The fossil fuel divestment movement, which kicked off in 2012, is all about urging banks, institutions, universities, pension funds, individuals and more, to withdraw money they have invested in fossil fuels. Financially speaking, they are risky investments if we want to prevent destruction of the planet. So far, more than 837 institutions and individuals have committed to divest, and there are lively campaigns happening all over the world.

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Still no certainty within the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill on how Ireland will reduce carbon emissions

Issued in news on January 20, 2015 at 10:12:00.

20th January 2015

Now, more than ever it is essential that decisions on Energy Policy are bold enough to get us off our addiction to fossil fuels

The Government has finally published the long awaited Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015.  Friends of the Earth welcome the publication of the Bill, however have expressed dismay that this current draft does not include any targets for reducing carbon emissions and allows for a potential delay of up to 2 years before any plan to reduce carbon emissions in Ireland is implemented. 

Commenting, Policy and Campaigns manager at Friends of the Earth, Kate Ruddock said

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Our great 2015 calendar is now available. And Happy New Year from all in Friends of the Earth.

Issued in the blog on January 05, 2015 at 11:00:00.

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We think our 2015 Calendar is our best yet. Check it out here.

You can buy it online now for just €12.

It features stunning photos of Greenland by photographer Daragh Muldowney. He says of his trip:

"For me, it is a pursuit of beauty, a continuous search for inspiring visions of Nature. Greenland is a place of raw and abundant beauty, one of the few truly wild places left on our planet."

We're thrilled Daragh has given us 13 of his spectacluar images for our 2015 Calendar. You can see the full calendar here.

Publication cover - Friends of the Earth Ireland Calendar 2015It's yours for just €12. And if you want a few for friends we'll give you 5 for €50!

Happy New Year from everyone in the Friends of the Earth office.

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Buy your 2015 Friends of the Earth Ireland Calendar for just €12

Issued in publications on December 15, 2014.

In June 2013, the ‘Killary Flyer’ set sail for Greenland from the West of Ireland. Led by an experienced skipper, Jamie Young, the crew was made up of three climbers, four kayakers, a filmmaker and a photographer named Daragh Muldowney. Eighteen long days and three wild storms later we arrived in Upernavik, a small Inuit settlement on the island’s west coast.

Publication cover - Friends of the Earth Ireland Calendar 2015

Get your 2015 now for just €12. Featuring stunning photos from Greenland by Daragh Muldowney our 2015 calendar is our best yet.

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Daragh said of the trip:

"For me, it is a pursuit of beauty, a continuous search for inspiring visions of Nature. Greenland is a place of raw and abundant beauty, one of the few truly wild places left on our planet. I believe in the healing power of Nature. My hope is that these images can connect people to that distant icy shore and share in the profound sense of peace and calm that I felt when capturing each one."

Daragh has now been good enough to provide 13 of those stunning images to us for our 2015 Calendar. We're really exicited by it - it's definitely our best yet and we're grateful to Saba To Go for their support of the production which has allowed us do the photos justice and expand the print run.

So you can order your copy online now for just €12. If you want to buy a few for friends we'll give you 5 for €50 :-).

Best wishes for the New Year from all at Friends of the Earth Ireland.

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Community Energy Conference - Nov 20th 2014

Issued in news on December 10, 2014 at 13:00:00.

Thanks to everyone who attended the Community Energy Conference 'Empowering Local Authorities and their Communities to guide local sustainable energy roll out' held in Dublin, Jury's Inn, November 20th 2014.

The presentations from the day are now available.  Just download the timetable and click on the presentation you want to see. 

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Issued in publications on December 10, 2014.

Links to presentations from the Community Energy Conference, held in Jurys Hotel on November 20th 2014.

Just download the pdf, and click on the presentation you want to see. 

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Fracking could carry unforeseen risks as thalidomide and asbestos did, says report produced by UK's Chief Scientist

Issued in news on November 28, 2014 at 00:35:00.

Barton Moss frack pad 2014 - Barton Moss, Manchester
Barton Moss, Manchester

Historic innovations that have been adopted too hastily with grave unforeseen impacts provide cautionary examples for potential side effects of fracking, says report produced by government’s chief scientist Mark Walport

Adam Vaughan, The Guardian

Fracking could carry unforeseen risks in the way that thalidomide, tobacco and asbestos did, warns a report produced by the [UK] government’s chief scientific adviser.

 
Please support our fracking campaign.

A chapter in the flagship annual report produced by the UK’s chief scientist, Mark Walport, argues that history holds many examples of innovations that were adopted hastily and later had serious negative environmental and health impacts. The chapter is written by Prof Andrew Stirling of the University of Sussex.

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