Campaigners Announce a Day of Action on Supermarket Packaging - Public will be encouraged to "Shop and Drop" on Saturday 21 April

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

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The Sick Of Plastic Campaign is announcing a Day of Action on Supermarket Packaging on Saturday 21 April. On that day campaigners are 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 with the cashier. Volunteers will hand out postcards and talk to shoppers outside supermarkets on the day. People can hand in the postcards outlining 6 ways supermarkets can reduce unwanted plastic packaging.

Oisin Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth, commented:

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Leo lets us all down on climate change in effort to cosy up to Trump

Issued in news on March 15, 2018 at 19:08:00.

Friends of the Earth has accused Leo Varadkar of dropping a diplomatic clanger on climate change in his effort to cosy up to Trump.

While speaking publicly in the U.S. today, the Taoiseach said he was “happy to take credit” for the rejection of a planning application for a wind farm near Trump’s Doonbeg golf course following a phone call from Mr. Trump asking for Varadkar’s intervention as then Minster for Tourism.

Golf course in Washington State during forest fires in 2017 (CNN)Commenting, Oisin Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth said:

"I'm truly shocked by this. When Leo Varadkar said he wanted to talk to Donald Trump about climate change I did not think he meant 'taking credit' for a wind farm not being built near Trump's golf course in Clare.”

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No to Shannon LNG

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We oppose the building of terminals to import fracked gas, lock us into fossil fuel dependence, and blow our chances of containing climate change.

Dáil calls time on fossil fuel exploration in historic vote

Issued in news on February 09, 2018 at 11:38:00.

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Bill to end offshore drilling licences passes first legislative hurdle

The Stop Climate Chaos Coalition has described today's Dáil vote in favour of the Climate Emergency Measures Bill as "historic". The Bill, proposed by People Before Profit TD Brid Smith, would end the issuing of licences to explore for oil and gas in Irish waters. It passed the second stage debate and was referred to the Climate Action Committee by 78 votes to 48, with cross-party support emerging to overcome Government opposition to the Bill.

Stop Climate Chaos spokesperson, Meaghan Carmody, said:

"Leo Varadkar put his Government on the wrong side of history today. The Government clung to the past but they lost. Dáil Eireann voted to take another step towards a fossil fuel free future.

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NGO tells Dáil hearing: think about climate change like Brexit

Issued in news on January 30, 2018 at 16:38:00.

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30 January 2018

Government should treat Citizens' Assembly recommendations on Climate Change with the same serious as the Assembly's recommendations on the 8th Amendment

Friends of the Earth will tell an Oireachtas Committee this evening that politicians should approach climate change the same way they approach Brexit. The Oireactas Committee on climate action is holding its hearings on climate progress, and will hear from the EPA, the Climate Council, Prof. John Sweeney, the IFA, and the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition, of which Friends of the Earth is a member. Commenting before the hearing, Director of Friends of the Earth, Oisin Coghlan said:

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Campaigners ditch plastic at the Dail as Committee hears expert testimony on Waste Reduction Bill

Issued in news on January 17, 2018 at 11:36:00.

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Today, Voice of Irish Concern for the Environment (VOICE), Friends of the Earth, representatives of Zero Waste Ireland and Uplift, along with the public, will bring their unwanted plastic single-use packaging to the Dail at 1pm to express their desire to ‘ditch plastic’ and support the Green Party’s Waste Reduction bill under consideration in the Communication, Climate Action and Environment Committee.

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48 hours to get TDs to take quick action on plastic

Issued in the blog on January 15, 2018 at 17:26:00.

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Our plastics campaign is off to a flying start.

On Wednesday, TDs and Senators will begin considering the Waste Reduction Bill. It proposes concrete steps to cut plastic waste, like a deposit and return scheme for plastic bottles and a ban or a levy on plastic-lined coffee cups.

We're joining forces with Zero Waste Ireland, VOICE and Uplift to present a petition outside the Dáil to urge TDs to pass the law quickly, before any election derails progress. They have been working on plastics for a while. Now we're adding our weight, and your voice, to the campaign.

Two things you can do:

sign here button

 

Click here to add your name to the petition.

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I'm sick of plastic and I want to see action

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Tell the new Climate Minister to support Waste Reduction Bill!

"The only option was to put my body in between the diggers and the earth"

Issued in the blog on December 08, 2017 at 17:45:00.

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A member of Fossil Free TCD went to the UN climate talks in Bonn last month. This is the first of two reports she wrote for us.
I am crouched behind a damp sand bank and can feel my heartbeat in my ears. People shuffle hurriedly in both directions next to me, careful not to slip into the trench behind. I am too terrified to peer over the bank, in case I come face-to-face with a riot cop, and his shield or baton comes crashing into me. I huddle down smaller. Can they see my rucksack over the edge? Someone grabs by elbow violently and I almost shout out - but it is ok. My affinity group is planning our next move. We turn to the hundreds lining the cusp of the pit above, as high up as House 6 from the base: “Which way?” we whisper-scream up at them. “Go left!”, “Left!”, “No cops left!” they shout back, and we are off. Last chance to go back, but we’re up and over and gone. Police far to the right but they’ll never reach us in time. I am running before I know it, and look back for my “buddy” Emma, who has asthma. Her, Tony, and Frodo are close behind. Of course, as it turned out, none of these were their real names.

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Our supporters tell us they're sick of plastic. Here's how we plan to help!

Issued in news on November 30, 2017 at 09:56:00.

Recently, we sent a survey to our supporters asking what they thought we should campaign on in 2018 in addition to our work on climate and energy. We got a huge response and really enjoyed reading all the great suggestions. All three campaigns we proposed got a positive reaction, but the overwhelming majority of our supporters told us they were most sick of plastic. So are we!

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