Update on No New Gas - Ireland joins the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance

Issued in the blog on January 28, 2022 at 13:20:00.

Better Time up for Gas

The reserves in currently operating oil and gas fields alone, even with no coal, would take the world beyond 1.5°C of global heating. Even this level of heating will have huge consequences on human life with sea level rises, strains on food production and irrevocable damage to the ecosystem that supports human life. The world must begin a rapid transition away from fossil fuels, including fossil gas. Rich countries like Ireland, who have been using more of their fair share of fossil fuels for years - and who are best able to absorb transitional impacts with least social costs, have a responsibility to lead this transition and phase out fossil fuels sooner, and more quickly, than poorer countries.

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Update on No New Gas - Protect Northern Ireland from Fracking

Issued in the blog on January 28, 2022 at 13:13:00.

Fracking Belcoo

Getting the Dáil to ban fracking in 2017 was one of our biggest environmental victories in the last decade - won thanks to some terrific campaigning and grassroots activism by a broad range of groups across Ireland. So when a crack appeared in this victory late last year we sprung into action. A new petroleum licencing policy risks opening the door to fracking in Northern Ireland - and so our fight against fracking on the island of Ireland has resumed. As everyone knows, fracking pollution knows no borders.

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Update on One Future - local climate campaigning groups

Issued in the blog on January 28, 2022 at 12:57:00.

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One Future is a network of local climate campaign groups that Friends of the Earth supports across the country. Getting involved with your local One Future group is a great way to meet people from your local area who are concerned about the climate crisis, and who want to take action together. You can sign up to get involved here - you’ll then receive an email with instructions about getting in touch with your local group.

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Update on Climate - Carbon Budgets

Issued in the blog on January 28, 2022 at 12:48:00.

Oisin at Oireachtas Committee

We are beginning to see the benefits of the Climate Law that was passed last year as the various mechanisms in the Law kick in.

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Update on Climate - examining the climate campaigning landscape ahead of us in 2022

Issued in the blog on January 28, 2022 at 12:23:00.

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This year is going to be a big year for climate action. 2022 is a year where the dynamics of climate action in Ireland will be different, thanks to the passing of the Climate Law last year, some of the outcomes of COP26 and increased public appetite for faster and fairer climate action.

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Join our 2022 Learning Hub

Issued in the blog on January 27, 2022 at 18:31:00.

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We’re delighted to announce that we’ve a new series of Learning Hub events kicking off soon! We’ll be using films, eco-poetry, graphic design, books and more to delve into how the arts affect activism, community energy, climate anxiety and campaigning against new gas.

The first two events of this new series, “Speaking the Predicament” will take place on Monday 7th February and Monday 21st February, both running from 6pm to 8pm. In these interactive sessions, we’ll explore film screenings, shared reading and open dialogue as practices that can help to build resilience, clarity and purpose. You’ll need to register for our new Learning Hub Series to join these events and other workshops in the series.

Click here to register for our 2022 Learning Hub Series

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Ask the Government for faster and fairer climate action

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Sign our petition calling on the Government to step up its game on climate - so that Ireland can start doing its fair share of the global effort to tackle the climate crisis

EPA report indicates that climate action is now a political imperative

Issued in news on December 10, 2021 at 16:48:00.

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Commenting on the Environmental Protection Agency's new report "Climate Change in the Irish Mind", Deirdre Duff, Communications Manager with Friends of the Earth said:

“The scientific and ethical imperative for climate action has been clear for a long time. What’s striking about this report is that it reveals a political imperative for climate action now too. A huge majority of the Irish public want the Government to make climate action a high priority and believe it will have a positive impact on jobs and quality of life. The main political parties now have a clear mandate for climate action - there is a strong suggestion too that we’ve reached a point where delayed climate action will be punished in the polls.

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"Our Energy Future" project launched by Friends of the Earth, EirGrid and RGI

Issued in news on December 06, 2021 at 16:36:00.


Today, EirGrid, Friends of the Earth and the Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI) have announced the launch of a joint project to engage communities and groups around the country on Ireland’s energy transition.

Ireland now has in place the strongest climate action programme the country has ever seen, including a commitment to increase the share of renewable electricity to up to 80% by 2030. This will involve a transformation of Ireland’s grid infrastructure and require an energy transition which empowers citizens and supports open, equal and meaningful community participation.

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Government decision to develop new fossil gas plants hugely concerning

Issued in news on November 30, 2021 at 18:14:00.


Commenting on today’s Irish Times’ report about the Government’s decision to develop seven new fossil gas plants, Jerry MacEvilly, Head of Policy at Friends of the Earth said:

“This Government decision to support further fossil gas generation is hugely concerning and merits much more rigorous reporting and questioning by media outlets like the Irish Times who covered the story today.

Any story about new fossil gas infrastructure must come back to the fact that locking-in more fossil gas runs counter to our Paris Agreement objectives to limit global heating to 1.5 degrees.

The Government must be clear on how they intend to minimise the use of gas plants, and on how they will ensure transparency when it comes to the polluting emissions associated with these plants.

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