Youth for Climate Justice - Get involved in the SYSTEM:RESET project today!

Issued in the blog on September 04, 2020 at 16:33:00.

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As we campaign to address the climate crisis, it is crucial that we are guided by those who are most impacted by the problem. This is the right thing to do, but it’s also the most strategic. That’s why it’s crucial that a diverse range of people and groups are involved in shaping climate solutions - and that underrepresented groups are urgently brought to the table. Addressing the climate crisis requires much more than simply cutting emissions - to be successful we must challenge the unjust economic and social systems that underpin this crisis - and be guided by people who are most impacted by these very systems.

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Public bodies undermining climate justice! Email those in power NOW.

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Reform the Mandates

Volunteer with Friends of the Earth

Issued in the blog on August 27, 2020 at 16:54:00.

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We’re recruiting a volunteer Administration Assistant

Friends of the Earth is growing, and so is our workload. We’re in great need of someone with administrative experience to join and help our team succeed in campaigns and achieve our goals.

Administration Assistant will provide crucial support to the Friends of the Earth team, helping with day to day tasks and activities across all campaigns and areas of work.

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Upcoming Food and Farming Events - Join us this Harvest Season

Issued in the blog on August 26, 2020 at 20:15:00.

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Harvest season is upon us - it’s time to start enjoying the fruits of our labour! It’s also a good time to think about saving seed and showing gratitude to the farmers and producers who have been working hard over the summer months to feed us. With this in mind, we are very excited to announce a month of nationwide activities to promote sustainable food production and celebrate agriculture and farming!

We have a suite of workshops and talks coming up over the next month and we hope to see you at some of them! All workshops are free to attend. Our events will be in strict adherence with government guidelines on COVID-19 – please see our COVID-19 event precautions.

Workshops & Talks 

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Supreme Court climate ruling must spur urgent Government action to reduce emissions faster

Issued in news on July 31, 2020 at 13:01:00.

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The judgement will have significant ramifications both nationally and internationally.

Government must act now to reduce emissions in the short term and deliver a new stronger climate law within its first 100 days with ambitious 5 year carbon budgets.

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Make your promise on LNG a policy!

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We want to see a robust Government policy statement on Liquefied Natural Gas

Transformative Political Education: Read and Watch Lists

Issued in the blog on July 03, 2020 at 17:37:00.

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A commitment to a continuing process of critical thinking is a necessary tool in every change-maker’s repository.

The more students work at storing the deposits entrusted to them, the less they develop the critical consciousness which would result from their intervention in the world as transformers of that world. The more completely they accept the passive role imposed on them, the more they tend simply to adapt to the world as it is and to the fragmented view of reality deposited in them.

- Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

By expanding our critical awareness of the world around us, by interrogating the root causes of systemic injustices, and by challenging ourselves to unlearn what has been inculcated within us, we transform ourselves and the world we live in.

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PfG Your questions answered

Issued in the blog on July 01, 2020 at 14:16:00.

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In advance of our webinar on the Programme for Government (June 23rd), we asked our supporters to submit questions about the proposed Programme that we could put to our panellists. We received over 300 questions, which were grouped into topics that then formed the basis of our webinar discussion. Unfortunately, we didn’t get time during the webinar to address every question or topic, but here is a flavour of what issues did come up, and what was particularly important for our supporters to have more information on. 

 

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New Government "gets Ireland to the starting line" on climate action

Issued in news on June 27, 2020 at 12:34:00.

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Strong climate law in first 100 days essential to ensuring Progamme for Government is delivered

Commenting on the formation of a new Government Friends of the Earth Director, Oisin Coghlan said:

"The Progamme of the new Government is the strongest we have ever seen on climate action. But it only gets Ireland to the starting line in the race to contain climate breakdown. Our emissions were the same in 2019 as they were in 2009.

"The focus is now on delivery of the commitments in the Progamme for Government, and especially a new stronger climate law within the first 100 days. A climate law that will see the Dáil adopting two 5-year carbon budgets making the pledge to cut emissions in half by 2030 legally binding.

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PfG: 'Our best chance of faster and fairer climate action over the next 5 years

Issued in news on June 15, 2020 at 17:40:00.

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Commenting on the proposed Programme for Government, Oisín Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth said: “This is by far the strongest Programme for Government on climate action we have ever seen.

“Is it perfect? No. Is it everything we need to do? No. But it can put Ireland on the path to implementing the Paris Agreement and shed our climate laggard label. And in some areas Ireland would become a genuine world leader.”

“The commitment to an average 7% annual reduction in polluting emissions is a huge step forward. “And crucially, a new climate law will translate that 7% target into legally-binding 5-year carbon budgets, which will specify a limit on how much pollution each sector can emit.

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