Friends of the Earth appeal to Electric Picnic-goers to keep Stradbally clean and bring camping gear home.

Issued in news on September 03, 2017 at 19:18:00.

IMG-20170901-WA0046Friends of the Earth had a strong presence at Electric Picnic for the third year in a row with 150 Green Messengers on hand to divert as much waste as possible from landfills and incinerators into recycling and composting facilities. Their efforts included running a popular Deposit Return scheme with Festival Republic  adding a refundable deposit onto the price each drink that can be redeemed at any one of their three refund points. But the environmental organisation is keen to carry on the momentum of all that good work through Monday as people pack up and make for home.

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Leo urged to ‘Let There Be Light’ from Electric Picnic 2017

Issued in news on September 01, 2017 at 08:08:00.

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Leo signed petition for a fair payment for solar at Electric Picnic last year

With the Government due to publish its new plans for renewable electricity any day now, Friends of the Earth is bringing its “Run On Sun” campaign back to Electric Picnic. Last year, Leo Varadkar was one of 6,000 festival goers who signed a petition for a fair payment for solar electricity. This year, Picnicers will be petitioning Leo to follow through and use his new-found power as Taoiseach to “let there be light”.

Commenting, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisín Coghlan, said:

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New Research Shows Residential Solar Power Offers Win-Win

Issued in news on August 29, 2017 at 23:36:00.

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Cover image for The case for residential solar PV - Friends of the Earth

Government renewable energy scheme must include support for household solar power

New research by climate policy expert Joseph Curtin has found that solar panels on homes and businesses can make a significant contribution to Ireland's switch to clean energy. The cost-benefit analysis was commissioned by Friends of the Earth in advance of the Government's new support scheme for renewable electricity, which is due to go to public consultation in the coming days. The study finds that support for solar power on 50,000 homes can be done at a reasonable cost and in a fair way, and addresses a number of concerns about small-scale solar. Friends of the Earth says it means the Taoiseach and the Minister for Environment must keep their promise to support solar power for ordinary citizens not just big business.

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48 Hours to Save Our Rivers ... And it'll take you less than 5 minutes to do your bit.

Issued in the blog on August 29, 2017 at 01:27:00.

Save our rivers and coasts!

Ever wonder how clean our rivers and lakes really are?

The bad news is only half our waterways and bays are in good ecological health.

Tell the Government we must do better than this.

What's worse is that the Minister Eoghan Murphy's draft River Basin Management Plan is really weak: over the next three years, he only intends to clean up about 10% of our failing waters.

The public consultation closes on Thursday at 5.30pm. We've made it really easy for you to tell the Government we must do better than this. We need a robust and ambitious plan to protect our waters from pollution and degradation – for nature, for communities, for tourism, and for everyone who enjoys a splash!

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The Revolution is no Picnic. Oh, actually it is ...

Issued in the blog on August 16, 2017 at 11:18:00.

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Friends of the Earth is bringing our #RunOnSun Energy Revolution campaign to the Electric Picnic again this year.

And there is still time for you to join us, just!

We're holding our big training workshop for volunteers this Saturday from 1-4pm in the Teachers' Club in Dublin. Come along.

You'll be working in pairs at the festival, so feel free to bring a friend on Saturday. If you vouch for them, they're welcome to join us :-).

It'd be great if you could fill out this application form online before Saturday. But you can do it there and then as well.

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Submit your recommendations on climate action to the Citizens' Assembly by 11 August!

Issued in the blog on August 04, 2017 at 18:19:00.

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On the weekends of 30th September & 4th November, the Citizens’ Assembly will deliberate on the topic of ‘How the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change', and they want to hear from you before Friday August 11th.

This is a major opportunity for us to send a strong message that we want the State to finally start taking real action on climate change.

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We need YOU to help green the Picnic! Apply to volunteer now!

Issued in the blog on July 28, 2017 at 14:27:00.

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For the last 2 years, Friends of the Earth has brought a super team of volunteers to Ireland's biggest music, comedy and spoken word festival - Electric Picnic. This year will be our biggest venture yet.

Will you be part of it?

Festivals can be intense bursts of waste; thousands of people in a relatively small area, usually eating every meal from a food truck, needing to dispose of each food container. Beer cans often blanket the ground, melding with broken tents on the Monday morning to provide a perfect picture for every Irish newspaper, fodder for festival shame. It's embarrassing, it's disgusting, and it's a blight on the face of Ireland.

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Quite a week ... and a Saturday treat

Issued in the blog on July 22, 2017 at 08:22:00.

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Sunrise swim with the Happy Pear in Greystones

It's been a big week for climate campaigning, and it's not over yet. There's two things I thought you'd like to hear about directly from us.

Action Plan?

The Government published it's first action plan on climate pollution for 10 years on Wednesday, and Friends of the Earth was central to the reaction.

On the plus side the Taoiseach acknowledged in his Foreword that climate action will require a "societal transformation" but the plan does nowhere near enough to kickstart that transformation. In our press release we described as "more of an action promise than an action plan".

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Press Release: Climate plan more an 'action promise' than an action plan

Issued in news on July 20, 2017 at 12:34:00.

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Climate plan more an 'action promise' than an action plan

National Mitigation Plan just doesn't add up to a big enough pollution cut


Friends of the Earth has expressed its disappointment that the Government's long-awaited National Mitigation Plan doesn't do enough to reduce Ireland's climate-changing pollution.
Commenting, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisin Coghlan said:

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Press Release: Today's action plan a test for Leo's 'new ambition on climate change'

Issued in news on July 19, 2017 at 10:45:00.

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Action Plan a test for Leo's "new ambition on climate change"
Cabinet to discuss climate change on Wednesday as National Mitigation Plan is published

Friends of the Earth has said that tomorrow's publication of the first action plan on climate pollution for 10 years is a real test for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's promise of "a new ambition on climate change". The National Mitigation Plan will be published at midday on Wednesday, with Ministers also due to discuss climate change tomorrow at the first "strategic cabinet meeting", as promised by the new Taoiseach.

Commenting, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisín Coghlan said:

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