Climate Bill's passage into law is end of marathon and start of sprint

Issued in news on July 15, 2021 at 09:50:00.

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Climate Bill's imminent passage into law signals the end of a marathon campaign begun by Friends of the Earth in 2007. The race to eliminate our pollution emissions must now begin.

Friends of the Earth has said final Dáil vote on the Climate Action Bill this evening (14th July) will be a landmark moment for Irish climate policy and for public administration in Ireland, describing it as “the end of a marathon and the start of a sprint” [1]. After the final Dáil and Seanad votes the Bill will go to President Higgins to be signed into law.

Commenting on the imminent passage of the Bill, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisín Coghlan said:

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SYSTEM:RESET Youth Assemblies July 2021

Issued in the blog on July 06, 2021 at 17:28:00.


Are you aged under 30? Or do you know a young person of that age who is interested in climate action and social justice?

We've got a fantastic series of online youth assemblies lined up this month. These assemblies will give young people an opportunity to explore the root causes of climate change and inequality - and come up with solutions to these big issues to be raised with political leaders. Could you share this special invitation with the young people in your life?

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Seanad makes largely symbolic amendments to the Climate Bill

Issued in news on July 02, 2021 at 17:04:00.

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Seanad amendments don't get agriculture off the hook
No definition of climate justice better than a bad one

Today in the Seanad Committee Stage debate on the Government's landmark Climate Action Bill, Minister Ryan and senators agreed two changes to the Bill. The first change (Amendments 1 and 92) was to make explicit that as well as counting polluting emissions the Government will count "removals", that is to say land use change that absorbs pollution, when measuing compliance with the carbon budgets and sectoral emissions ceilings that will be adopted under the law. This change was the result of lobbying by the IFA in recent weeks. The second change (Amendment 7) was to delete the proposed definition of climate justice in the Bill. The ceos of Trócaire, Concern, Oxfam and Christian Aid had written to the leaders of the three coalition parties to express their dismay at how narrow the proposed definition was and calling for its improvement or removal.

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Solar Bill a Ray of Sunshine in a Shady State of Affairs

Issued in news on June 28, 2021 at 16:40:00.

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Sharing Youth Visions for a European Green New Deal

Issued in the blog on June 01, 2021 at 14:49:00.


Join the System Reset: "Error 404 Justice Not Found" Summit Event

From 11th to 16th June, young people from across Europe will be coming together to share their visions for a European Green New Deal.

This hybrid summit will explore many different issues such as climate change, biodiversity, energy, transport, agriculture, social inclusion and more.

Participants will create their own Youth Proposal for a Green New Deal, including concrete demands and goals for European and national governments.

Training will be offered to participants to amplify their voices and ensure that policy-makers, communities and the public hear youth demands for a sustainable future!

Start date: 11 June 2021

End date: 16 June 2021

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Winning against Big Gas & Oil

Issued in the blog on May 27, 2021 at 17:35:00.

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Taking down the fossil fuel industry. It’s critical in the fight against climate change. It can be a daunting challenge at times - a real David versus Goliath fight. But not this week. Or last week for that matter. Because it’s been an exciting, hopeful few weeks in the battle against Big Gas and Oil. 

Last week, the International Energy Agency (IEA) finally confirmed that new oil and gas fields should not be approved beyond this year. That’s obvious to us. New oil and gas development should have stopped years ago. But the IEA has promoted fossil fuels for a very long time. So this shift is a big deal!

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We’re hiring: Supporter Care & Fundraising Manager

Issued in the blog on May 26, 2021 at 09:39:00.

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Friends of the Earth has an exciting job opportunity! It could be the perfect role for you, or somebody that you know!

We are recruiting for someone to join us for a 7 month full-time maternity cover as Supporter Care and Fundraising Manager

We are seeking someone with supporter relations and fundraising experience to join the team.

The Supporter Relations & Fundraising Manager will be responsible for donor retention, supporter care, individual giving, fundraising campaigns and provide supervision to the Volunteer Administration Assistant. They will work closely with the Communications Coordinator and report to the Director.


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Friends of the Earth Impact Report

Issued in the blog on May 20, 2021 at 12:35:00.

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We are so thrilled to bring our 2021 Impact Report to the world!

Never before have we had the staff capacity to produce a report like this. The production of this report and the contents within are all thanks to the ongoing and increasing support of the Friends of the Earth community that supports our work and enables us to grow in strength each year.

Every single action taken, whether it was emailing TDs through our e-actions, joining our workshops and demonstrations or chipping in financially to help keep the show on the road has resulted in these successes. Thank you for your participation and support!

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Government Policy Statement is death knell for fracked gas imports into Ireland

Issued in news on May 18, 2021 at 18:03:00.

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Friends of the Earth today [18th May] welcomes the publication of a Government Policy Statement on the Importation of Fracked Gas, including a moratorium on the development of LNG import terminals pending the completion of an energy security review. The policy statement stems from a commitment in the Programme for Government, and confirms that the Government does not support the importation of fracked gas [1].

Commenting on the statement, Jerry Mac Evilly, Head of Policy at Friends of the Earth said:

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Book Launch: A Short Hopeful Guide to Climate Change

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


Last year we ran our first ever crowdfunding campaign to secure the funds to help children’s book publisher Little Island books and author Oisín McGann make an environmentally friendly book for young teens about climate change. Thanks to the support of our donors we raised 13,431 euro to help publish the book, “A Short Hopeful Guide to Climate Change

The book has now been published! Little Island Books is hosting an online book launch at 6.30pm on Wednesday 19th May. The launch event will feature a conversation with the book’s author, Oisín McGann, and children’s author Sarah Webb. You can register for the launch at this link. The book itself can be pre-ordered here.

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