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ACTION: No Fracking Fermanagh

Fracking in Ireland - Dawn of the Dead?

It was a huge relief when fracking was banned in the Republic of Ireland in 2017. The arguments about the environment, climate change, local communities, their economies, and most of all about public health carried the day in the Oireachtas. Even the much-derided report overseen by the Irish EPA could not be confident it understood the complex geology of the Northwest Carboniferous Basin, let alone that that fracking could be done safely and protect groundwater.

But, across the 'border' in Northern Ireland, Tamboran Resources are back for another bite.  They want to frack in Fermanagh.

Our envrionment doesn't see borders. 

Whichever side you live on, you can tell the Department for the Economy Northern Ireland what you think of this plan. There is a short consultation period, ending on 5th July, during which individuals and groups can make their views known to the Department.  We've pre-written a short email for you if you're in a hurry.  But feel free to edit it yourself, and add a bit at the beginning.  Personal contributions make a huge difference. 

 

Leo's Legacy: a hitman for the fossil fuel industry

Issued in news on July 04, 2019 at 19:00:00.

Poolbeg sunset by Philip Milne - Poolbeg chimneys. A monument to the sunset industries of the fossil fuel age. Photo by Philip Milne.
Poolbeg chimneys. A monument to the sunset industries of the fossil fuel age. Photo by Philip Milne.

Varadkar chooses the climate vandals over the climate vanguard, as Government kills Climate Emergency Bill

Friends of the Earth has described An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as a "Climate Vandal" and a "hitman for the fossil fuel industry" after the Cabinet today used an arcane parliamentary procedure to prevent any further debate on the Climate Emergency Bill for the duration of this Oireachtas and this Government. The Bill, which the Dáil has twice voted to progress to Third Stage, would end the issuing of new licences to explore for oil and gas in Irish waters.

Responding to media reports of the Cabinet decision, Oisín Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth said:

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Environmentalists can't promote carbon tax increases if Government promotes new fossil fuel exploration

Issued in news on June 26, 2019 at 11:52:00.

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Environmentalists can't promote carbon tax increases if Government promotes new fossil fuel exploration


Fine Gael position is "either immoral or implausible"

The Environmental Pillar of Social Partnership has told Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe at today's National Economic Dialogue (NED) in Dublin Castle that environmentalists will find it difficult if not impossible to promote an increase in the consumer carbon tax if the Government continues to block debate on the Climate Emergency Bill which would end the issuing of new licences to explore for more fossil fuels which we cannot afford to burn.

Speaking at the NED, Oisin Coghlan, a spokesperson for the Environmental Pillar said:

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Hands up 4 Solar Schools

Issued in news on May 24, 2019 at 16:16:00.

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Friends of the Earth think every school should be able to be a Solar School. To lead on climate action and power themselves with clean, free electricity generated right from their rooftop. This year we are helping 5 schools to go Solar. Next year we will help 26!

If you want your school to be powered with solar power, and think others should be able to too, then we need you!

Fill in our survey and register for our Solar Schools competition launching in September 2019 where we will help 26 schools with ALL the technical and bureacratic adminstration of the installation and 90% of the cost!

Hands up 4 solar schools

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Friends of the Earth calls for public to support the school climate strikers NGO launches solar schools campaign

Issued in news on May 24, 2019 at 16:09:00.

FoEE supports the strikes

Friends of the Earth has written to its 26,000 subscribers calling on them to support the youth climate strikers today in any way they can [1].


The environmental organisation has today launched a "Hands up 4 Solar Schools" campaign for schools interested in leading the energy transition and powering themselves with clean, renewable energy generated right from their rooftop. This follows a project where 5 schools will go solar in 2019, and 26 more will be chosen by the end of the year.

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If you do one thing to support the climate strikers today ...

Issued in the blog on May 24, 2019 at 01:52:00.

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Vote.

If you do one thing to support the school climate strikers today, vote. Almost all of the school climate strikers are too young to vote. But it's their future that is at stake. So if you have a vote today, please use your power. Elections are won by those that show up. Show up for the future. Vote for the candidates that you think will prioritize the future of the kids on the streets today.

Then please do show your support for the strikers online:

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FoEE supports the strikes

And if you can join them on the streets please do.

Here are the latest details of the strikes around the country:

Final SCAN info 24 May
                  Final FFF info 24 May

Listen to this Friends of the Earth Europe podcast with strikers:

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Let's make Friday a Friday for the Future

Issued in the blog on May 22, 2019 at 10:08:00.

It's an emergency now act like it

Our politicians have declared a climate and biodiversity emergency. Now we have to get them to act like it.

This Friday we have the levers of power.

1) You can support the second global school strike.

2) You can #voteclimate and #votenature in the European Parliament elections.

One out, all out

On March 15th, over 1.6 million people across the world took part in the first global school strike for climate in over 120 countries, with at least 15,000 in Ireland, and the next Global Climate Strike is this Friday 24th May.

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Cross-party negotiations deliver 'Good Friday Agreement' for climate action.

Issued in news on March 28, 2019 at 20:45:00.

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Friends of the Earth has welcomed the landmark report of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action, published on Thursday evening.Commenting, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisín Coghlan said

"The Oireachtas has given the Government an historic mandate for serious climate action.

"This is the Good Friday Agreement for Irish climate action. It is a cross-party deal to drive policy and measures to cut pollution across all sectors of the economy and society.

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Upcoming events, and a dig out for the student strikers

Issued in the blog on March 22, 2019 at 01:29:00.

Student Strike Dublin 2019-0315.JPG - Over 10,000 students packed the length of Molesworth Street from the Dáil to Dawson street on 15 March 2019
Over 10,000 students packed the length of Molesworth Street from the Dáil to Dawson street on 15 March 2019

We have quite a few events coming up, so I thought I’d compile them all into one email. There’s a couple in Dublin, one in Cork, and one is nationwide. We’re also planning further events around the country in the coming months.

Don’t Owe – Shouldn’t Pay

Dublin Event
When: Monday March 25th, 6:30pm - 8pm
Where: Connolly Books, 43 Essex Street East, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
More info and register for your free ticket here.

Cork Event
When: Tuesday March 26th, 6:30pm - 8pm
Where: UCC WW9, University College Cork, West Wing Building, Room WW9, Cork
More info and register for your free ticket here.

We’re teaming up with Financial Justice Ireland to bring you a workshop exploring debt relief from international monetary institutions with Heron Belfon, director of Jubilee Caribbean in Grenada.

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How to take part in the Global Climate Strike on Friday 15th March

Issued in news on March 07, 2019 at 02:47:00.

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*Anyone organizing a rally at a townhall, a strike at a school, or planning for a school to attend any of the rallies is encouraged to register their group's participation on this map.*

What is happening on the 15 March?

Greta Thunberg, the 16 year-old Swedish climate activist, whose lone weekly climate strike has become a global movement, has called on everyone to join a global climate strike on Friday 15th March. The protests are being led by students striking from school to call for #ClimateActionNow to meet the tempertature goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement . Many others, young and old, intend coming out in solidarity with the children and students.

What's happening in Ireland?

1pm on Friday 15th March is the central moment in Ireland.

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Here Come the Sun - Power to the People

Issued in the blog on March 05, 2019 at 18:01:00.

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A new law to force electricity companies to pay small renewable energy generators for their power was debated in Leinster House this week. 

It's hard to believe, it doesnt happen already, but small renewable energy generators in Ireland give their electricity to the grid for free if they can't use it all on site immediately. 

Kate Ruddock was giving evidence at the Oireachtas Committee meeting along with Paul Kenny from Tipperary Energy Agency, Jim Gannon from SEAI and Michael Manley from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. 

You can watch the debate online here,

or just Kate's speech here

Kate addressing Oireachtas Committee March 2019

"We met Leo Varadkar at Electric Picnic a few years ago. 

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