Together, we are irresistible. Let's make law.

Issued in the blog on July 13, 2018 at 14:06:00.

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When we formed the Stop Climate Chaos coalition 10 years ago, our first slogan was "Together, we are irresistible". To be honest with you, I thought it was a bit over-the-top for climate campaigners.

This week showed how wrong I was.

This week's big wins underline the value our work coordinating the Stop Climate Chaos coalition - work we want to be able to continue, but which is now at risk.

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Oil and Gas Drilling: Add your voice to this petition before it's presented tomorrow!

Issued in the blog on July 09, 2018 at 16:49:00.

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On Tuesday, the Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action will hold hearings on a Bill to ban exploration for more gas off the Irish coast [1]. The Committee has to decide whether to kill the Bill or progress it to the next stage.

Not Here Not Anywhere (NHNA), a grassroots campaigning group working to protect Ireland's coasts from fossil fuel drilling, have been working tirelessly on this campaign for a year, and will be presenting a petiton to the Chair of this committee tomorrow afternoon.

Their petition currently has just over 3,000 names.

Can you help it reach 4,000?

Hildegarde Naughton TD, Chair of the Committee on Climate Action has agreed to receive the petition when the hearing finishes (sometime between 1:30pm and 2pm we understand).

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Plastic Free July Series - Notes from California

Issued in the blog on July 09, 2018 at 11:23:00.

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Marion Briggs joined us earlier this year as a volunteer, due to her enthusiasm she quickly became the driving force in planning the Sick of Plastic day of action on April 21st. Marion has since joined our board, a joyful member of the team.

Along with a number of Sick of Plastic campaigners, Marion has taken on the Plastic Free July challenge to try and refuse single use plastics. Spending her Summer back in her hometown in California, Marion shares her ups and downs of trying to live without plastic.

Plastic Free July - Notes from California

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Take action now to push the Divestment Bill over the line!

Issued in the blog on July 06, 2018 at 15:19:00.

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This is big.

Next Thursday July 12th, Ireland could become the first country in the world to fully divest from fossil fuels. But the thing is, we need TDs to actually be there to vote. We, those campaigning for progressive action on climate, know how important this is, but the reality is that TDs have lots of other issues to contend with. Unfortunately, they might not show up and vote unless they're asked by their constituents.

Will you take 30 seconds to ask your TDs to be there to vote for a strong Divestment Bill?

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Tomac’s “1°C Rising” brings the front line of climate change to your coffee table

Issued in the blog on June 21, 2018 at 10:50:00.

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By Dr. Cara Augustenborg, Chairperson of Friends of the Earth Europe

Back in 2010, when environmental photographer and activist Luka Tomac began the journey of documenting stories from the front lines of climate change, the realities of the crisis were not yet mainstream.  Though the harmful impacts of climate change had been known for decades, the understanding of just how fast these challenges will confront people still seemed far into the distant future. Over the past eight years, Tomac, a Croatian native, has visited more than 20 countries to document stories of resistance and solutions to climate change through photographs and interviews of impacted people and communities.

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'A new hope?' How to turn today's welcome rhetoric on climate action into reality.

Issued in news on June 20, 2018 at 12:42:00.

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Commenting on today's Project Ireland 2040 event on climate action, addressed by the Taoiseach and four cabinet ministers, Oisin Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth, said

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TDs line up to get Keep Cups and show support for Waste Reduction Bill

Issued in news on June 15, 2018 at 14:25:00.

From GreenNews.ie June 14, 2018 "Irish politicians lined up at Buswells Hotel yesterday to receive reusable coffee cups from the Sick of Plastic campaign and show their support for a Green Party Bill to tackle waste. Over 50 TDs were presented with ‘keep cups’ at the event yesterday by member of their constituencies, with whom they discussed the Green’s Waste Reduction Bill and the issues posed by plastic pollution..."

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Want to know if your TD claimed their Keep Cup at our briefing? Here's the full list of all TDs who attended or sent representatives to the event.

TD attendance

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Hundreds of constituents are giving Keep Cups to their TDs today to support the Waste Reduction Bill

Issued in news on June 13, 2018 at 09:33:00.

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Campaigners launch briefing on deposit refund scheme that debunks Minister Naughten’s ‘Six Common Myths’ about the proposal

NO FEE0181 Sick of Plastic Campaign at Dail copyIn an unusual action by Friends of the Earth today, their supporters will present Keep Cups to every TD in Ireland at Buswells Hotel from 12:30 to 14:00.

The environmental organisation recently launched a fundraising appeal to send Keep Cups to TDs following Environment Minister Denis Naughten’s obstruction of the Waste Reduction Bill over his opposition to the proposed deposit-and-return scheme.

Over 200 people from every constituency in Ireland donated to Friends of the Earths’ campaign to send Keep Cups to TDs along with a request for their elected representatives to appeal to Minister Naughten to stop blocking the Waste Bill on a procedural technicality.

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Government stands indicted by EPA's new climate pollution figures

Issued in news on May 31, 2018 at 12:24:00.

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Citizens' Assembly report on climate must be acted on immediately

Friends of the Earth has said that 20 years of government inaction has been exposed by new figures from the EPA which show Ireland will miss its 2020 climate pollution target by 19 percentage points, and that without new policies our emissions will still be higher in 2030 than they were in 1990.

Commenting on the EPA figures, Oisin Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth said:

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We’ve got a solution to plastic pollution. Help us put it in your TDs' hands

Issued in the blog on May 30, 2018 at 15:36:00.

martyn turner cartoonThanks to our supporters, we’ve been making great progress this year to turn the tide on plastic pollution in Ireland.

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Last week, over 2,000 of them emailed the Oireachtas Environment Committee to make sure they didn’t let Minister Denis Naughten water down the Waste Reduction Bill to indefinitely delay a national deposit and return scheme.

Their action resulted in the Committee voting seven to five against the Minister’s amendment and proved that, together, we really can make a difference.

But we’re far from done!

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