Webinar May 14: What the frack has gas got to do with plastic!?

Issued in the blog on May 08, 2020 at 18:52:00.

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What has that plastic bottle polluting your local river got to do with gas?!

Well, a lot as it turns out.

Natural gas is primarily composed of methane, a greenhouse gas which, when released, has over 100 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. Gas is used as an energy source the world over.

What is less well known is that gas is also used as a material to make plastics. Ethane is a hydrocarbon also present in gas and a primary raw material for petrochemical (or plastics) manufacturing. Global fossil fuel extraction companies are heavily involved in the production of plastics. They use the ethane accessed via fracking to produce plastics that exist for hundreds of years in the environment.

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7 things you should know about the 7% emissions reduction rate everyone is talking about

Issued in the blog on April 30, 2020 at 08:52:00.

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Join this webinar this evening to find out more. The panel includes Prof John Sweenet, Dr Cara Augustenborg and Sadhbh O'Neill. Meantime, here's my 7 things to know about 7%.

1. It’s grounded in science and backed by the UN

Every year the United Nations Environment Programme publishes an “emissions gap” report, which analyses the gap between how much countries are planning to cut emissions and what is required to keep global heating to 1.5C, the goal of the Paris Agreement.

Last November the main headline from the UNEP Emissions Gap report was that we need to “cut global emissions by 7.6 percent every year for the next decade to meet 1.5°C Paris target”.

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Why is everyone talking about 7%?

Issued in the blog on April 29, 2020 at 16:26:00.

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Join this webinar at 5pm Thursday April 30th to find out...

Why is everyone talking about 7% and what does it mean?

Friends of the Earth and Stop Climate Chaos Policy Advisor, Sadhbh O'Neill, will be joined by climate scientist Professor John Sweeney at 5pm tomorrow to help us break down what's going on with Government negotiations and climate action demands.

Register here at the link.

Things are moving fast in government negotiations and it can be hard to keep up. The news is full of the need of 7% emissions reduction target. But what does that actually mean?

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Join us for a webinar on the future of food!

Issued in the blog on April 28, 2020 at 15:13:00.

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Globally, and within Ireland, there are many injustices built into our food system.Join us for a webinar to discuss these dynamics - and solutions- on Wednesday May 6th at 2pm EST / 7pm GMT / 8pm CET.

We’ll be joined by speakers from Irish Seed Savers, Foodture, and Talamh Beo. This will be an engaging session to relate the practical work that organisations are doingaround food in Ireland with global justice issues. 

Corporate Capture of Common Goods

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Pressure mounting on forming Government to reject plans for imported fracked gas terminals from 130 groups

Issued in news on April 27, 2020 at 12:24:00.

Pressure mounting on forming Government to reject plans for imported fracked gas terminals from 130 groups

130 national and international groups have today written to all Irish Party leaders requesting them to remove support for fracked gas infrastructure in Ireland. The letter comes as negotiations for Government intensify and requests an explicit policy statement to be included in the next Programme for Government against the development of all new fossil fuel infrastructure in the form of LNG import terminals that could facilitate the entry of unconventional fracked gas into the Irish energy mix.

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We're taking to the phones - Join us for Earth Day

Issued in the blog on April 22, 2020 at 12:01:00.

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Climate campaigners are taking to the phones for Earth Day today to participate in the online call-a-thon which is supporting people to call their TD's about climate action today between 5-6pm.

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FF/FG doc: A strange lack of science in climate section

Issued in the blog on April 15, 2020 at 18:22:00.

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Commenting on the the FG / FF framework document, Oisín Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth said:

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Join the Friends of the Earth Team

Issued in the blog on April 15, 2020 at 16:40:00.

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We're Hiring a Communications Officer - Apply Now!


The movement is strong, our team is growing, and we are doing more campaigning and movement building work than ever before.

With the growing demands and the increasing workload, we're in great need of a Communications Officer to work on campaign communications, social media and media relations.

We're looking for someone who shares our vision and passion for environmental and social justice, has an interest in and understanding of the grassroots movement and the political system for taking a bottom up and top down approach to achieving a just and fair world for people and planet.

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Join us for a webinar on resistance to fossil fuel and mining projects!

Issued in the blog on April 15, 2020 at 14:47:00.

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Exploring Challenges & Lessons from the movement at home and abroad

Join us for this webinar on grassroots experiences of resisting and campaigning against mining and fossil fuel industries on Wednesday April 22nd, at 2pm EST /  3pm ART / 7pm GMT / 8pm CET/

Fossil fuel and mineral mining industries are some of the most polluting and most damaging to health in the world, and they are a huge driver of climate change. Communities directly affected by these projects, along with environmental and climate campaigners, have mobilised for decades against these dirty industries. Join Friends of the Earth and Not Here Not Anywhere for this online panel discussion on some of the challenges faced and lessons learned in these grassroots struggles.

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What climate campaigners will be looking for in the Fianna Fáil - Fine Gael joint policy document

Issued in news on April 11, 2020 at 15:23:00.

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Climate campaigners will be examining the joint policy framework for government Fianna Fail and Fine Gael are sharing with smaller parties with an eye on three big questions and six specific policy areas.

Friends of the Earth will be looking for answers on three overarching questions about the parties' approach to climate change:

1. Do the parties "Unite Behind the Science", and commit to 8% a-year emissions reductions?
2. Will the economic recovery plans reduce emissions
or return to business, and pollution, as usual?
3. Is there a new commitment to social dialogue to ensure climate policy has public support?

1. Do the parties "Unite Behind the Science", and commit to 8% a-year emissions reductions?

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