Support the peat workers

Issued in campaign actions.

Climate Camp 2009 Edenderry banner drop - Climate activists drop a banner from Edenderry peat station in 2009

Tell your TD the Government needs to sit down now with the workers, Bord Na Mona, the ESB and the communities to draw up a plan to secure the future of the communities impacted by the wind down of jobs in burning peat and coal.

Help us bring Mr Frackhead to Ireland

Issued in the blog on March 09, 2017 at 17:45:00.

Mr Frackhead

Over 11,000 people signed the petition urging TDs to progress the Bill to ban fracking without delay. It was the fastest and biggest response to an action we have ever had. Thank you.


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FoE Consultation_Renewable Heat Incentive

Issued in publications on March 09, 2017.

The Government are proposing to introduce a scheme to encourage and incentivise the generation of renewable heat. 

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Have you signed the fracking petition yet?

Issued in the blog on February 08, 2017 at 09:43:00.

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5657 people haven now signed our petition to tell the Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action to pass the Bill to ban fracking without delay.

But we don't have your name yet.

It has been retweeted across the world including by celebrities Susan Sarandon, Glen Hansard and Mark Ruffalo, to name a few who are showing their support.

Will you add your name?

The Bill is under a public consultation phase which ends this Friday, 10th February. We really want to pass 10,000 signatures before then with our sister petition on (maybe you signed there?) which has 3220 names already.

Help us get to 10,000 signatures by the time the public consultation closes this Friday .

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New study finds significant benefits of natural land management ignored in Ireland, despite evidence around Europe and beyond

Issued in news on February 02, 2017 at 16:21:00.

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Publication cover - Natural Flood Management - a study for Friends of the Earth, February 2017Dredging alone will not contain flood risk

A new study, commissioned by Friends of the Earth, has found that natural land management techniques can significantly reduce flood risk but are being ignored by Irish policy-makers, despite evidence of their contribution to flood management around Europe. Natural Flood Management is a comprehensive approach to managing soil, wetlands, woodlands and floodplains along a river to retain and slow water at times of flood risk, reducing the speed and the peak of floodwaters compared to approaches that rely only on dredging and walls. The report, commissioned by Friends of the Earth, was launched at an event to mark World Wetlands Day in Dublin City Council.

Speaking at the launch, the report's author, ecologist and broadcaster, Anja Murray said:

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One win. One Fight. One Favour.

Issued in the blog on January 27, 2017 at 01:06:00.

One win ...

Last week we asked you to contact your TDs to ask them to support the Bill to divest state funds from fossil fuels. Yesterday the Dáil voted 90 votes to 53 to progress the Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill to the next stage. This is a real victory for people power given the Government steadfastly opposed the Bill and Fianna Fáil were on the fence right up to decision time.



Read our press release reacting to the historic vote: "This is first real sign of leadership from Ireland on climate action".


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Historic step as Dáil backs Bill to divest state funds from fossil fuel companies

Issued in news on January 26, 2017 at 23:42:00.

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Government Defeated as Dáil takes historic step towards fossil free future

Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill passes second stage 90-53

Friends of the Earth has hailed as "historic" today's Dáil vote to progress a Bill to pull taxpayer's money out of fossil fuel companies. The Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill passed Second Stage by 90 votes to 53. Fine Gael and the independents who support the minority government were the only TDs to vote against the Bill, which will now passes to a Dáil Committee. It was the seventh Dáil defeat for the government since it was formed last year.

Commenting on the landmark vote, Oisin Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth said:

"This is first real sign of leadership from Ireland on climate action.

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Fracking ban could stall unless we act now

Issued in the blog on January 24, 2017 at 14:54:00.


A couple of months ago, the Dáil unanimously agreed to consider a law to make fracking illegal in Ireland. There were celebrations!

But now supporters of fracking are trying to bog it down in endless Committee discussions. Please sign this petition to tell TDs to pass the law without delay.

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Tell TDs to ban fracking without delay.

The Oireachtas Committee considering the Bill want to know what the public thinks, and are asking you for your opinion on fracking and unconventional extraction of fossil fuels.

So, no time to rest on our laurels, we need to make sure TDs know the evidence is crystal clear: for our health, land, water and climate, fracking is bad news and should be banned.

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Tomorrow belongs to us

Issued in the blog on January 19, 2017 at 12:36:00.

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Tonight ...

The Dáil debates a Bill to divest taxpayers' money from fossil fuel companies, one of our top demands as part of Stop Climate Chaos.

And it hangs in the balance. We know all the smaller parties will support the Bill. The Government is likely to oppose it. Fianna Fáil are key and have been considering their position all week.

Supporters have been emailing TDs. But what would make the most difference now is a phone call. I called one of my TDs yesterday and it took less that 3 minutes.

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Don't despair this Friday, celebrate with us!

Issued in the blog on January 18, 2017 at 01:50:00.

This Friday 20th January Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America.

BUT....we have an alternative celebration for you, why not join us for a party and a film screening celebrating the people all around the world who are developing creative, positive solutions to our common challenges.

We are screening the award-winning French documentary Demain . I dare you to watch this 107 second trailer and not want to see more!


When: Friday 20th January
Where : Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Time: From 6pm for nibbles and BYOB, film 7pm sharp.
Tickets : Book your seat on eventbrite , tickets are just €5.

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'I feel like I got my future back ...'

Issued in news on December 30, 2016 at 02:54:00.

Takota Iron Eyes Interview

We know what the headlines from 2016 are and many are not good news for the environment.

But 2016 also saw a new storyline gathering pace, not from the board rooms and cabinet tables but from the sitting rooms and kitchen tables of people who aren't prepared to give up without a fight. It is the story of people power standing up to the corporate power of the fossil fuel industry, and winning.

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