Act now! Stop Naughten killing action on plastic bottles

Issued in the blog on May 18, 2018 at 17:04:00.

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Laws are rarely simple. We know that from our work pushing through 2015’s Climate Law [1]. Words carry a weight that we rarely see in day-to-day life, with just a small tweak causing a flurrying cascade of consequences down the line.

That’s why our ears pricked up when we learnt that Minister Denis Naughten has been manoeuvring behind the scenes to dilute the wording of a draft law for a deposit and return scheme for plastic bottles and aluminium cans [2]. Naughten wants to change the word ‘shall’ to ‘may’ in the report the Environment Committee is finalizing on the proposal.

Here's why that’s an issue:

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Campaigners are taking the government to court on climate change, and they need our support

Issued in the blog on May 07, 2018 at 08:37:00.

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Friends of the Earth led the campaign for a climate law in Ireland. It was finally passed in the same month as the Paris Agreement on climate action in 2015.

And yet the Government is still dragging its feet. So now our fellow campaigners at Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) have filed an historic climate change lawsuit against the Government, and we need your help to spread the word!



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Sign the petition to tell the Government that the Climate Case is in your name.

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Over 7,500 coffee cups kept out landfill in six months following Coffeeangel and Friends of the Earth’s #YourCupOurFuture initiative

Issued in news on May 01, 2018 at 16:12:00.

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Last November, Ireland’s Coffeeangel launched their #YourCupOurFuture initiative committing to donate 20¢ to Friends of the Earth for every KeepCup or reusable cup used by their customers. Six months on, the popular independent coffee company has published results from their initiative and announced a savings of over 7,500 single-use paper cups kept out of incineration and landfill.

Caroline Sleiman, Director at Coffeeangel, commented: “Before we launched our #YourCupOurFuture initiative last November, a combined total of about 180 customers per week were regularly using reusable cups across our shops. Since then, use of reusable cups has nearly tripled to over 500 cups per week. And that number continues to climb!

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Please call Minister Naughten as he bows to vested interests, scraps latte levy

Issued in the blog on April 26, 2018 at 15:10:00.

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You’re not going to believe this.

Our Minister for Climate Action, Communications and Environment has just rowed back on his commitment [i] to implement a levy on single-use, non-recyclable coffee cups, of which we use half a million every single day.

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Thousands of shoppers across Ireland are ditching plastic at supermarkets today

Issued in news on April 21, 2018 at 10:55:00.

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Volunteers will be outside hundreds of stores promoting "Shop and Drop"

Positive response from supermarkets must lead to lasting change

Online overage includes: Irish Times. Irish Sun. Irish Examiner.

Thousands of shoppers around the country are planning to leave their unwanted plastic packaging at their local supermarket today in a "Shop and Drop" day of action against supermarket packaging organized by the Sick of Plastic campaign.

Over 400 volunteers have registered to promote the action at stores across Ireland from Carndonagh to Cobh, Westport to Wexford and Ballyfermot to Ballsbridge (Map of action here)

Meaghan Carmody, Head of Mobilization for the campaign said:

“Today's action is a simple way for shoppers to let supermarkets know they we want them to use less plastic packaging.

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#ShopAndDrop is today, and you are making it our biggest ever action.

Issued in the blog on April 21, 2018 at 03:04:00.


The Sick of Plastic day of action on supermarket packaging is here. Thousands of people up and down the country are planning to shop in their local supermarket today and leave their unwanted packaging at the checkout. 400 people have registered to promote the action outside supermarkets, from Buncrana to Kinsale and from Westport to Waterford. Local organisers have been on radio stations from Cork to Dongeal and today's coverage alone includes the Irish Times and the Sun. We have never had a response like it, and it's all down to people like you.

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Citizens’ Assembly report a mandate for revolutionising Ireland’s climate policy

Issued in news on April 18, 2018 at 07:25:00.

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In-depth examination by a dedicated Oireachtas Committee an essential next step

The Citizens’ Assembly will publish its report on climate change today, Wednesday. The report includes the Assembly’s 13 recommendations on ‘how the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change’. These were agreed by the Assembly after four days of expert presentations in 2017 and following a major public consultation which received close to 2000 submissions.

The Stop Climate Chaos coalition* is calling on the Government to respect the mandate of the Assembly by immediately establishing a dedicated Oireachtas Committee to take the report's recommendations forward, as was done with the Assembly report on the eight amendment to the Constitution.

Commenting on the report, a Stop Climate Chaos spokesperson, Oisin Coghlan, said:

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'Shop and Drop' is Next Saturday. And we need your help!

Issued in the blog on April 14, 2018 at 10:16:00.


Next Saturday, April 21st, is the Sick Of Plastic Day of Action on Supermarket Packaging. We're asking all our supporters to "Shop and Drop" - shop as normal in your local supermarket and then drop your unwanted packaging at the checkout after you pay.

Hundreds have people have signed up to volunteer outside supermarkets on the day. Thank you so much if you are one of them. And we've had more media interest in this than anything else we have ever organized.

Now we need to make sure it really happens on the day. And we need your help to maximize the impact. Can you:

1. Chip in to cover the costs
2. Volunteer on the day
3. Spread the Word

1. Chip in to cover the costs

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Tell supermarkets where to stick it! (very politely :-)

Issued in the blog on March 23, 2018 at 14:49:00.

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This week, we once again saw how sick of plastic the Irish public are, as we announced our “Shop and Drop” day of action taking place nationwide on April 21st. We had an amazing response in the media, including RTE TV, Newstalk Breakfast, Ireland AM, and The Irish Times, just to name a few.

It’s time for Irish retailers to help us turn the tide on plastic pollution, but we need your help to make that happen!

In just four weeks, on Saturday April 21st, we’re asking people to “Shop and Drop - shop as normal in your local supermarket and then take off the excess plastic packaging at the checkout and leave it in the shop.

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Day of Action on Supermarket Packaging - Top Ten Questions

Issued in news on March 21, 2018 at 01:40:00.

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Who are we?

The Sick of Plastic campaign consists of consumers, citizens, and concerned members of the public who are sick of the rising amount of single-use plastics in Ireland. The campaign is facilitated by VOICE Ireland and Friends of the Earth.

What is the Day of Action on Supermarket Packaging?

On Saturday 21st April, the day before Earth Day, volunteers will be outside local supermarkets across Ireland, encouraging shoppers to leave their unwanted plastic packaging behind at the checkout. #SickOfPlastic #ShopAndDrop

These efforts will be targeted at the large supermarket chains, such as Supervalu, Tesco, Dunnes, Marks and Spencer, Lidl and Aldi.

The Day of Action is being coordinated from the Friends of the Earth office.

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