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Stop Enda abolishing the Department of Environment

Issued in the blog on May 18, 2016 at 16:25:00.

Barnacle Geese Malin Head by Christine CassidyOn his re-election as Taoiseach, Enda Kenny announced he was restructuring Ministerial Departments to better reflect the new Government's priorities. With that, he promptly abolished the Department of the Environment and scattered its functions across three Departments.

We have very little time to get this decision reversed. If this goes ahead, the words ‘environment’ and ‘heritage’ would be dropped from the titles of any Minister or Department, and Ireland would become the only EU member state without a Minister for the Environment.

We're asking you to do a couple of things:

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So close: help us raise 800 euro by midnight, last chance to triple your gift

Issued in the blog on April 15, 2016 at 10:04:00.

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Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, we have raised €7,600 for our Community Power Campaign over the last 10 days. That will allow is draw down €22,800 in EU funding.

But there's still €2,400 of EU grant money on the table. To claim it we need to raise another €800, by midnight tonight.

Every euro you give TODAY will be tripled by EU funding.

Our Community Power priorities include:

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SEAI report shows political will is missing ingredient. Politicians are sleepwalking us into massive fines, missing massive opportunities.

Issued in news on April 06, 2016 at 15:27:00.

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Reacting to today's SEAI report on the actions required to meet our 2020 climate-polluting emissions targets, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisin Coghlan, commented:

"The first thing that strikes you on reading the SEAI report on how we can reach our 2020 emissions targets is the typical Irish line 'Well, I wouldn't start from here'.

"The SEAI proposals are eminently sensible but they are challenging mostly because of the lack of action until now.

"The missing ingredient is political will. It was missing during the election campaign and there's little sign of it yet in the talks on government formation.

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Tonight's telly, tomorrow night's cinema and our April Fool's

Issued in the blog on April 05, 2016 at 17:03:00.

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I meant to tell you yesterday about a new TV series starting tonight on TG4 at 8pm about the trees on Ireland (it's repeated on Sunday at 7.30).

It looks sumptuous (see the trailer here) and it's presented by the ever engaging Manchán Magan. Described as a "feast for the senses" it looks like the next best thing to a real walk in the woods.

By contrast, if you're around Dublin tomorrow I'll be talking in the IFI at 6.30pm before a screening of "The Day The Earth Caught Fire" (you can book here). It's the first film in a Science Gallery / IFI season on "How the cinema of the past had imagined our future".

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Win tickets to see Naomi Klein in Dublin - and triple your gift to support community energy

Issued in the blog on April 05, 2016 at 15:36:00.

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For the next 10 days every euro you give us will be tripled by an EU grant to support our work on community energy.

We had real success last year in getting the Government to recognize the role of communities in the transition to a zero-carbon energy system. The new national energy policy, the White Paper, launched in December is very strong on a commitment to energy citizens and communities.

Now we need to get the next Government to follow through with the concrete steps to make it happen.

Our priorities include:

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CORRECTION: There is no climate action plan. Last one was NINE years ago.

Issued in news on April 01, 2016 at 18:33:00.

Missing climate action plan

There is no FF - FG deal on climate action
The last national climate change strategy was launched 9 years ago tomorrow

It is with genuine regret that Friends of the Earth must report that our press release this morning to the effect that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael had agreed an ambitious climate action plan was mistaken. There is no plan. In fact, the last national climate action plan was published by Minister Dick Roche, NINE years ago tomorrow (that should be the April Fool's joke but it's not).

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Fianna Fail - Fine Gael climate action plan an historic turning point

Issued in news on April 01, 2016 at 11:53:00.

Missing climate action plan

Backroom deal for a solar revolution, a ban on fracking, closing the peat plants and an SSIA scheme for retro-fitting

Friends of the Earth has welcomed the news that Fine Gael and Fianna Fail have agreed an ambitious plan to cut Ireland's carbon emissions. The 5-year climate action plan is being seen as a vital plank of any deal on the formation of a new government.

A source close to the backroom talks that drafted the plan was quoted as saying:

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Community Energy: What, Where and How Much?

Issued in news on March 22, 2016 at 12:41:00.

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Are you interested in developing a community energy project?  

Learn how to:

  • Identify you local renewable energy resources
  • Engage your community and key partners
  • Access support and funding
  • Set up an energy project that will deliver results locally
  • Save energy and create warmer homes 

From expert trainers: 

  • Paul Kenny, Tipperary Energy Agency
  • Gearoid Fitzgibbon, North Tipperary Leader Partnership
  • Michael Hanratty, Irish Home Energy Rating

SEAI Energy Show at the RDS, Dublin

April 7th, 10:30 - 12:30

Register here, or email kate@foe.ie

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Can you stomach another Leaders' Debate ...

Issued in the blog on February 23, 2016 at 02:41:00.

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... that doesn't discuss climate change?

The election is in the closing stretch. The final leaders' debate is tonight. Will they discuss climate change? Probably not, but even if they do it'll be short and superficial at best. The reality, however, is that whoever forms the next Government will find climate change high on the policy agenda because of the Paris Agreement, looming EU targets and competing interest groups at home.

So how much thought have the parties actually given it? Below you can see and read for yourself.

Act Now Button

 

Ask your candidates to take the Vote Frack Free pledge .

 

The hustings Young Friends of the Earth held with the Environmental Pillar are now online.

You can see the full 86 minutes here .

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Help bring our politicians back down to Earth tomorrow

Issued in the blog on February 16, 2016 at 18:01:00.

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Have you heard any journalist ask any candidate in the election a question about climate change or the environment?

Tomorrow we change that. Tomorrow we break the #climatesilence.

Young Friends of the Earth and the Environmental Pillar have joined forces for a hustings.

Join us at 5.45pm on Wed 17th

In person: Wynn's Hotel, Abbey Street Lwr, D1

Online: Live streaming on Persicope - @foeireland

On Twitter: #GE16environment

We now have 6 parties who have confirmed they will have a representative there: Fine Gael (Senator Cáit Keane), Sinn Fein (Lynn Boylan MEP), AAA-PBP (Richard Boyd Barrett TD), Green Party (Eamon Ryan). Fianna Fail and Labour have yet to name their representative.

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