For the Love of Solar - Schools Competition open TODAY!!

Issued in news on November 21, 2019 at 16:26:00.

For the Love of Solar - Act NowThe Friends of the Earth Solar Schools competition opened today, Thursday 21st November with Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O'Connor and the new Chair of Eirgrid Brendan Tuohy. 

Winning schools will receive solar panels designed and installed on the roof of their school with a 90% grant, allowing them to generate clean, free, renewable electricity to power their whiteboards, photocopiers and computers right from their roof.  Schools all over the country are invited to take part by coming up with an idea for a local project on Climate Action.

Many thanks to the students from Scoil Naomh Eoin, St Colmans College and St Colmcille's Community School for coming along to tell us about their climate action projects over the last year. 

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Just Transition

Issued in the blog on November 14, 2019 at 09:47:00.


In the last six months we have stepped up our collaboration with the trade union movement on the issue of Just Transition.

Just Transition is is the principle that there needs to be plan to support the workers and communities affected by the transition away from very polluting industry.

The most high profile example in Ireland is the peat-fired power stations in the midlands. We have campaigned against the peat stations since they were opened in 2005. For years we did so without any reference to what the process should look like for the workers who would lose their jobs. That was a mistake on our part.

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Our schools are finally going solar!

Issued in the blog on November 12, 2019 at 12:14:00.

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Upperchurch National School in Tipperary is the first Friends of the Earth Solar School. Panels were installed over the Halloween mid term break, and the school is now generating its own electricity right from its roof!!

We have four more to go in Dublin, Limerick, Mayo and the Aran Islands. We think every school should be a solar school by 2025, and we are lobbying hard at Government to support this.

And they are listening! Minister Murphy has committed to changing the planning regulations, so schools dont have to apply for planning permission which they do at the moment for even one solar panel AND the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland have disclosed they will be offering grants for solar panels for schools from next year.

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We have to fight every fight.

Issued in the blog on November 11, 2019 at 10:48:00.

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The Climate Emergency exposes our politician’s true motivations. It’s easy for the Irish Government to say stoping climate change is a priority. But when actions have the opposite effect, those words are lies.
The Irish Government recently supported a proposal to build a Liquified Natural Gas import terminal in Shannon. It’s for fracked gas.

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Building Resilience, for Sustaining Action

Issued in the blog on November 10, 2019 at 14:33:00.


Watching and being a part of the rise in climate action across the world has been exciting and empowering to say the least. More and more people are joining the movement, and we need to ensure we're forming a strong community of activism that can last!

Burnout can happen to any of us, and it's something the Friends of the Earth team are acuetly aware of. Because we work so closely with activist groups (and many of us are in actists groups), in supporting skills and capacity building and helping amplify grassroots actions and campaigns, we feel it's important to not only promote community wellbeing within the movement but also provide opportunities for activists to gain skills in this area.

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Power Up! Movement Building Skills

Issued in the blog on November 07, 2019 at 22:00:00.


Power Up! is a series of workshops to help upskill and support the growing activist community in Ireland. Meaghan, head of Education and Activism, has identified where activists need the most support and has seeked out those with the relevant skills to deliver these trainings.

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Richard Bruton, we want to see your study on Deposit Return Scheme

Issued in news on November 06, 2019 at 16:47:00.

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Sick of Plastic Campaigners dump littered plastic bottles at Minister for Environment’s office to demand Deposit Return Scheme

As campaigners welcomed Minister Bruton's first steps to combat plastic pollution they urged him to introduce a Deposit and Return Scheme to capture the 1 million plastic bottles a day that don't get recycled. 

Sick of Plastic campaigners who gathered littered bottles for the protest outside the Minister's office were joined by 12-year old Flossie the Beach Cleaner, who spends her weekends picking up rubbish from her local beach.

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Cher announces opposition to Shannon LNG on her Irish tour

Issued in news on November 04, 2019 at 15:50:00.

Cher Announces Opposition to Shannon LNG and Campaigners Cheer Her Support


The controversy around Ireland taking US fracked gas after banning fracking continues to become an international issue


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Sick of Plastic Campaigners dump littered plastic bottles at Minister for Environment’s front door to demand Deposit Return Scheme

Issued in news on November 04, 2019 at 10:20:00.

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Sick of Plastic Campaigners dump littered plastic bottles at Minister for Environment’s front door to demand Deposit Return Scheme

A ‘Plastic Bottle Rally’ will take place at the doorstep of Minister for the Environment’s office next Wednesday at 1pm to demand action on plastic waste.

It’s almost two years since campaigners [1] ‘Ditched their Plastic at the Dáil' demanding that government introduce a deposit return scheme (DRS) in Ireland for the recycling collection of plastic bottles and aluminium cans.

Ten months following that protest Minister for the Environment, Richard Bruton, announced he would commission a study [2] to see how a DRS could operate in Ireland.

Claudia Tormey, from Sick of Plastic comments:

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Friends of the Earth Facilitators and Trainers Network!

Issued in the blog on November 01, 2019 at 21:28:00.


Do you want to inspire, empower and egage people nationwide to join the climate justice movement?

Join our new Facilitators and Trainers Network!

Friends of the Earth have connections around the country, ample experience in campaigning, education & organising, and the resources to support people like you in developing the skills needed to train other activists around the country.

We want to use what we have to enable youto do the impactful work of facilitating others to increases their understanding of the interconnectedness of the issues we collectively face, and upskill in the capacities needed to fight these injustices.

Friends of the Earth will support you with:

  • Training in facilitating and organising skills
  • Access to workshop delivery opportunities
  • Promotion of your self-organised events
  • Connection to a peer support network
  • Quarterly campaign-specific training 

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