Sinn Fein fracking Bill 'meaningless' without commitment to prevent Executive adopting a petroleum policy that could grant licences in coming weeks

Issued in news on November 29, 2021 at 20:12:00.

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Friends of the Earth has welcomed Sinn Fein’s introduction today of the first stage of a Bill to ban fracking in the Northern Ireland Assembly. The environmental campaigning organisation has warned, however, that it will be a “meaningless gesture” unless the party commits to preventing the Stormont Executive adopting a policy in favour of petroleum licencing, a policy option which DUP Minister of Economy Gordon Lyons has pledged to bring forward before Christmas.

James Orr, Director of Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland commented:

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Reflections on COP26 - with some resources to watch and read

Issued in the blog on November 18, 2021 at 12:57:00.

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I’m back in Ireland after my trip to Glasgow for COP26 with 16 year old youth activist Amy O’Brien. What a trip it was. We left Glasgow full of mixed feelings and emotions.

Rage as the leaders of rich countries continue to refuse to do their fair share, turning their backs on the poorest of the world - who face a crisis of COVID 19, rising inequalities and climate apartheid.

Heartbreak for the 138 developing countries, representing 5 billion people, whose proposal for a Loss and Damage Finance Facility to help deal with devastating climate impacts was blocked by rich countries like the EU, US and UK.

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The laggards left their mark on the final COP text. Now it's time for climate leaders to show the way.

Issued in news on November 13, 2021 at 20:11:00.

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The climate movement emerges stronger, ready to hold national governments to account

Reacting to the outcome of the COP26 climate negotiations, Oisín Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth Ireland said:

"Glasgow was a staging post not a finishing line. What’s clear now is that the formal negotiations at COP may never produce an outcome that reflects the urgency of the science and the imperative of justice. Not when the final text is effectively subject to a veto from any polluting country with a brass neck.

"What’s equally clear from from this COP is that collective agreement is no longer the limit on global action it once was. While some countries are still dragging their heels others are beginning to pick up the pace. Equally, while fossil fuel companies are lobbying for the path of delay and destruction others are grasping the business opportunities of the race to zero.

"Now the COP is over it's time for climate leaders to show the way, and let history judge the laggards.

"And all the time the global climate movement is growing in strength and diversity. We may not yet have succeeded in forging the international agreement we want but increasingly we can hold our national governments to the standards required by the 1.5C goal in the Paris Agreement.

"The two-steps forward, one-step back nature of the annual climate talks is deeply frustrating but we must pocket any modest gains from Glasgow - the first mention of phasing out of fossil fuels and the renewed commitment to adaptation finance for example - and ratchet up our demands for the next time.

"Collectively our governments have not met the moment but our international movement emerges from Glasgow stronger than ever. We return home to push our national governments harder than ever to act in line with science and equity."

Ireland joins "Beyond Oil & Gas Alliance" during COP26 Climate Talks

Issued in news on November 11, 2021 at 12:45:00.

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Ireland has become a member of the first diplomatic initiative to phase out fossil fuel extraction

Today at the COP26 UN climate talks in Glasgow, Ireland has joined the world’s first diplomatic initiative focused on keeping fossil fuels in the ground, established by Denmark and Costa Rica. Called the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance, (BOGA) the initiative brings together countries that have taken steps to ending new licensing rounds for oil and gas exploration and production. It is the first such initiative to recognise the need for governments to manage the phase out of fossil fuel production in order to respond to the climate crisis and align with Paris Agreement commitments.

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Climate Plan: A roadmap for resilience and hope

Issued in news on November 04, 2021 at 17:06:00.


A relentless focus on delivery and a ratcheting up of the sectoral targets and actions are now essential


In an initial reaction to Climate Action Plan, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisín Coghlan, commented:

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Friends of the Earth calls on Irish Government to join the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance at COP26

Issued in the blog on November 04, 2021 at 11:13:00.


Friends of the Earth has written to Minister Ryan and Minister Coveney, calling on Ireland to join the newly formed Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance of states.

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Five things to watch for in today's Climate Plan

Issued in news on November 04, 2021 at 10:33:00.

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Friends of the Earth has laid out five question the Government's Climate Action Plan, due to be published later today, needs to answer.

1. Do the sectoral targets add up to 51%?

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COP26 won't deliver Climate Justice but we can! Ways to take action this weekend

Issued in the blog on November 04, 2021 at 08:00:00.

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Less than 48 hours to go until the Global Day of Action for Climate Justice! And if ever there was a need for climate justice it is now. 

The COP26 climate talks are underway and it’s been hard to stomach. Rich countries have failed to commit to their fair share of emission reductions. As a result, the climate action pledges submitted so far would leave us with 2.7 to 3 degrees of warming, far from the 1.5 degree limit we so badly need.

Not only that, but rich countries have broken their promises to provide climate finance to help poorer countries deal with climate impacts and roll out their own climate action plans.

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Taoiseach's speech marks a step change in political leadership on climate

Issued in news on November 02, 2021 at 17:09:00.

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The real test will be the Climate Action Plan

Reacting to the Taoiseach's speech at COP26 today (and his interview on Morning Ireland), Director of Friends of the Earth, Oisín Coghlan said:

"I think the Taoiseach's remarks today mark a step change in political leadership on climate. I've never heard a Taoiseach speak so convincingly on the need for climate action. He spoke about the need for immediate action to keep 1.5 alive. He spoke about the cost of inaction being greater than the cost of action. He called out the scaremongering of certain sectors and he also moved to reassure all sections of society the the Government will put in place the supports we all need to make the transition to a cleaner, safer, healthier future.

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Fairness must be at the heart of Ireland’s climate action

Issued in news on November 02, 2021 at 11:52:00.

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Taoiseach addresses COP and Government finalises landmark Action Plan

Detailed COP briefing here

As the Taoiseach prepares to address the UN COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Friends of the Earth has said fairness must be at the centre of Ireland’s climate action if it is to succeed. The call comes as the Government puts the finishing touches to its Climate Action Plan due to published this week.

Commenting, Friends of the Earth Director Oisín Coghlan said:

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