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WhatsApp Image 2019-07-09 at 11.40.58Growing Together is a Young Friends of the Earth Europe project across seven European Countries, including Ireland, which aims to provides a voice for young people, particularly those from rural areas, to engage with crucial debates on the future of food production, and the wider debates on the future of Europe.

Friends of the Earth Ireland will be coordinating a programme of activities and opportunities with and for young people in Ireland to join workshops and trainings here and in other European partner countries over the next two years.

If you are between 18 and 30 years old and you are interested in getting involved in this project or attending any of the trainings please get in touch with Triona by email to info@foe.ie

The Future is Rural Festival - October 4th & 5th

Issued in the blog on September 25, 2019 at 21:34:00.

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Celebrating sustainable food, farming and community energy

Come along to 'The Future is Rural', a sustainable rural futures fair on October 4 and 5, in Ballina, County Mayo.

Delivered by Foodture, the Irish Environmental Network and Friends of the Earth, this event includes film screenings, talks, stalls, demonstrations and children's workshops, all focussed on building sustainable rural futures through food, farming and community energy.

In Our Hands: Seeding Change

6 - 9pm, Friday, October 4, 2019

The first part of this event is a screening in the museum's AV Theatre of the award-winning and thought-provoking documentary In Our Hands: Seeding Change. This will be followed by a lively panel discussion with foodies, farmers, activists and experts.

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Growing Together, Building Solidarity Through Food

Issued in the blog on July 25, 2019 at 12:28:00.

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The Growing Together project, which aims to engage young people on the topic of food production, have been busy networking and training over the past few months. Here's a round-up of what they've been up to.

CAP - Let's Lift the Lid

In the lead up to the European elections the Growing Together project hosted a training on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in partnership with Foodture called 'CAP - Let's Lift the Lid'. The event featured a Fair Food Feast with all food sourced from local, sustainable farmers and a photo exhibition featuring the farmers who grew the food.

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Introducing the Growing Together Project

Issued in the blog on April 18, 2019 at 10:16:00.

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Growing Together is a Young Friends of the Earth Europe project across seven European Countries, including Ireland, which aims to provides a voice for young people, particularly those from rural areas, to engage with crucial debates on the future of food production, and the wider debates on the future of Europe.

Triona, staff member of Friends of the Earth and active member of Young Friends of the Earth, will be coordinating a programme of activities and opportunities for young people in Ireland to join workshops and trainings in Ireland and other European partner countries over the next two years.

The project kicked off back in November 2018 with four young people travelling to Denmark for training on engaging rural youths in conversations and actions related to food sovereignty.

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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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Ladybird Expert series on Climate Change - A Summary

Issued in the blog on December 04, 2017 at 16:55:00.

Notes on: Climate Change, by Tony Juniper and Emily Shuckburgh  

Ladybird Expert series 2017, (52 pages including some illustrations)

 

Summarised by:

Paul Donnelly, August 2017

Paul was a highly respected, committed member of Dublin Friends of the Earth and suddenly passed away in November 2017. He spent much of his time collating information about climate change in order to make the topic more accessible for people. May he rest in peace.

 

Background:

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Coffeeangel tackles cup waste with Friends of the Earth in their new ‘Your Cup Our Future’ initiative

Issued in news on November 06, 2017 at 09:36:00.

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As the Irish Government proposes a 15¢ levy on disposable coffee cups today2, Coffeeangel and Friends of the Earth move ahead with an innovative solution to tackle waste from the café sector.

With 2 million disposable coffee cups a day in Ireland going into landfills2, waste from the café sector has reached worrying proportions. Many solutions have been proposed by the industry, including switching to compostable cups. However, disposable "compostable" cups require commercial composting to biodegrade and most end up in general landfill anyway.

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Almost there: 24 hours to save our soils!

Issued in the blog on September 11, 2017 at 02:07:00.

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Since I sent the email below on Thursday, about 1000 people in Ireland have signed the official petition to trigger EU action to protect our soils.

We need about 1000 more to fulfil the Irish quota of the European Citizens' Initiative. And we have until midnight on Tuesday (Brussels time!) to get them.

If you've signed already, thank you. Please do tweet this and share this on Facebook to spread the word.

If you haven't signed yet, your support could tip the balance .

As chef Darina Allen puts it in this video :

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Take action to reduce flooding

Issued in the blog on September 07, 2017 at 15:55:00.

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We were all shocked and dismayed by the terrible flooding which devastated parts of Donegal and Derry recently which has left families and businesses in ruins. - and the awful thing is it's likely to happen again. [1] The farming community in east Donegal was also badly impacted, with acre upon acre of potato and grain crops washed away and destroyed through the sheer surge of the flood waters. It's hard to know what to do when catastrophic events like this happen. But we can work together to help lessen the impact of flooding like this.

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Protecting healthy soils reduces flooding.

 

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Sign the People 4 Soil Petition by 12 September

Issued in news on September 07, 2017 at 00:35:00.

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Complete the form below:

Ireland's Soils are in danger. We rely on soil for healthy food, clean water, and protection from flooding. But we're trashing it like there's no tomorrow. Overuse, harmful pesticides, dodgy industry and excessive development have jeopardised the future of our food, water and health. Incredibly, soils are not protected by law. However, we have a unique chance to change this.

If we can get enough people to sign this European Citizens Initiative - an official EU petition - the European Commission will have to address the call for much needed new rules to protect soil.  Please SIGN, SHARE and become part of the movement to Save Our Soils!

Sign the petition to Save our Soils


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Friends of the Earth BeeFriendly Gardening Tips

Issued in publications on June 28, 2017.

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Bee-friendly gardening is responsible gardening. With bees in trouble worldwide, our gardens are vital restaurants for bees, butterflies and other beneficial bugs.

 Friends of the Earth partnered with 2015 RTE Super Garden finalist and permaculture expert, Suzie Cahn, to design a garden at Bloom in the Park 2017 that provided food, shelter and nesting places for bees and other pollinators. The garden showed visitors everything a bee or pollinator needs to thrive. 

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