It's time to support the peat workers. Dáil to debate 'Just Transition' Bill. Government must sit down with Trade Unions now.

Issued in the blog on September 18, 2019 at 09:07:00.

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Climate activists drop a banner from Edenderry peat station in 2009

We all know working in fossil fuels is not a job for the future. Extracting and burning peat and coal is not compatible with a planet that is safe for us to live on. This means the industry has to wind down. Fast.

In Ireland many of these jobs are in peat and coal, and the wind down is happening already. But the people and communities whose livelihoods depend on fossil fuel jobs in Bord na Móna and ESB, which are state-owned companies, are being let down badly.

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Can you help the School Strikers be seen and heard? Literally.

Issued in the blog on September 17, 2019 at 11:19:00.

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One of Greta Thunberg's great lines is "When we start to act, hope is everywhere". For me, watching 11,000 young people throng Molesworth Street last March it was slightly different. Seeing such action all around, I started to hope.

The global School Strikes For Climate movement that Greta sparked [1] has given me hope that together we can build a movement powerful enough, fast enough, to tip the balance towards serious climate action.

It is of course totally unjust that today's teenagers have to give up part of their childhoods to clear up the mess adults caused, in order to rescue us and save their own future.

So when the young Strikers ask for help, I really want to say yes.

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Taoiseach should announce moratorium on new oil and gas exploration at UN Climate Summit

Issued in news on September 16, 2019 at 09:57:00.

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Ireland has a rare opportunity to show real climate leadership

Friends of the Earth has called on the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to announce a moratorium on new licences for offshore exploration for oil and gas when he speaks at the special UN Summit on Climate Action this day week in New York. Before the summer the Government used a parliamentary procedure to block further debate on a Bill that would ban new exploration for good, but has now written to the Climate Change Advisory Council requesting their advice on exploration policy. The environmental campaign group proposed the moratorium at a meeting with the Taoiseach last week, arguing it should remain in place until the Council has completed its advice and a new Dáil can reconsider the issue after the General Election.

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Communities are fed up picking up plastic litter, ready to name and shame producers.

Issued in news on September 11, 2019 at 18:27:00.

Brand audit is the new cleanup

Over the next two weeks, and to mark World Clean Up Day on September 21st, environmental organisations are inviting communities across the world to take part in a brand audit – it’s like a clean-up, but better.

It’s time producers take responsibility for the plastic waste they are dumping onto the planet.

Through this Brand Audit, data collected by ‘Break Free From Plastic’, a global network of organisations, will be used to name and shame producers who are creating the most waste.

Pressure will be put on governments to legislate for producer fees to be increased globally and to adopt more effective legislation to incentivise companies to adopt more sustainable packaging practices and to encourage consumers to reduce their use of single-use plastics and packaging.

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Support the Climate Strike Movement!

Issued in the blog on September 11, 2019 at 13:15:00.

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It's a Climate Emergency.

And on September 20th, we're filling the streets.

On Friday the 15th of March 2019 1.6 million people took part in a global climate strike in more than 125 countries in more than 2,000 locations. In Ireland more than 15,000 students took part in protests for urgent climate action.

This September 20th, we're going to smash that number. But we need you to make that happen!

Find and join your nearest strike!

School-age students have self-organised marches around the country and they need you to attend. 

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11 Sept 7pm - Talk with Dublin FoE Activist Group: Title: Earth in Crisis - Humanity at a Crossroads.

Issued in the blog on September 11, 2019 at 12:52:00.

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Dublin Friends of the Earth is delighted to invite you to a talk next Wednesday 11th September at 7pm sharp.

Title: Earth in Crisis - Humanity at a Crossroads.

The main speaker will be Fergal Costello (DFoE), who will give an illustrated talk on climate change plus ecological degradation and what we can do about it. We will also have valuable contributions from a student climate activist as well as Aine O'Gorman from Stop Climate Chaos.

Venue: The Teachers' Club, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1.

Don't miss it - a definite date for your diary in advance of the big climate protest in Dublin on 20th September!

IPCC’s Special Report on Climate Change and Land Use

Issued in the blog on September 08, 2019 at 17:00:00.

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The last few months have seen new temperature records across Europe, and unprecedented forest fires from Brazil to the Arctic.

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Our Green Messenger Days are Over

Issued in news on August 20, 2019 at 11:15:00.

Friends of the Earth will not be joining Electric Picnic as Green Messengers this year. After much thought and discussion, it was decided that because of our limited resources and capacity we feel our energy should be placed in supporting the grassroots climate movement rather than sustainability at festivals.

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It was great fun to be part of the Electric Picnic team over the years, and we met so many great people, but we feel that we did everything we could have done and wish the best of luck to those who step in to take over.

Thanks so much to everyone who volunteered with us over the past three years helping gather support and create awareness on our campaigns.

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Stop Climate Chaos at MacGill Summer School

Issued in the blog on August 15, 2019 at 16:15:00.

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Catherine Devitt, Head of Policy with Stop Climate Chaos, was invited to speak at the 39th MacGill Summer School in the small town of Glenties, co. Donegal.

The well-renowned summer school brings together people from all walks of life to engage in discussion on some of the most urgent social, economic and environmental issues of the day.

Catherine participated in a panel, discussing “With its natural habitat and environment, Ireland has a major resource which is at risk of being destroyed.” Catherine’s contribution is available in the video here at this link.

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Peat.

Issued in the blog on August 13, 2019 at 12:53:00.

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Friends of the Earth objected to ESB's proposal for a peat and biomass plant at Shannonbridge West Offaly. The idea that Ireland would import chopped up trees and woody materials from all over the world to burn alongside dried out peat in order to produce electricity was unconscionable. Our bogs are Ireland's equivalent of the Amazon rainforest. Our biodiversity hotspots. Fragile ecosystems bursting with plants and animals not found anywhere else AND they serve as natural carbon sinks, sucking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere helping us to combat climate breakdown.

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