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National Activist Gathering 24th-26th of September.

2 Sep 2010


Join us at our, National Activism Gathering in Waterford. A weekend including, workshops, panel discussions, socializing and much more.

The event takes place from Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime the 24th to 26th September 2010.


We're gearing up for a strong campaign this Autumn to achieve historic climate legislation in Ireland.

Thanks to you, we are on the brink of an historic achievement, one that very few campaigns reach.

The Government is about to publish a Climate Change Bill. Neither Fianna Fáil nor the Greens promised that in their 2007 election manifesto. And it wasn't in their first Programme for Government. But thanks to you, it is.

Thanks to your support and participation our campaigning has brought a climate law to the doors of the Dáil .

Now we'd like to invite you to make sure it's a strong law that we can all be proud of. That's by no means a foregone conclusion.
As the prospect of a climate law becomes a reality vested interests are mustering to delay and dilute it.
Only you can stop them.

Join us to find out how you can be part of this important and historic campaign.

Workshops and panel discussions include "How people win campaigns", "How to talk to a climate skeptic", "How many postcards does it take to change the law", "Why offsetting is off limits", "Ideas for local action" and "How to lobby your TD".

The coming months will see Friends of the Earth and our allies mobilize locally across the country to put the heat on TDs. The fate of the climate bill is in the balance.

What you do really can tip the scales towards global justice and sustainability.
Together we can win.
We're be taking bookings now on 01 639 4652 or email

Friday the 24th of September
Why do we do it? Activism and Campaigns-Panel Discussion.

Panelists will include Nancy Serrano an experienced Direct Action campaigner familiar with environmental campaigns in Ireland, Oisin Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth, and other speakers to be confirmed.

Saturday, the 25th of September
9.30am-10.30am Climate Justice,and our campaign, followed by Q&As. A session that will attempt to answer the following questionsWhat is climate justice and how can we achieve it? How does campaigning on such a global issue relate to the National level? What have Friends of the Earth been focusing on in the last few years? How is this work going? Followed by a chance for you to ask about anything that strikes you from this conversation.

10.30-11.15 Why is offsetting off limits?
11.15-11.30 Tea and coffee break
11.30-.12.30 how to lobby your TD, participatory sessions.

-How to talk to a climate skeptic
-Ideas for our waste campaign

1.30-2.30 LUNCH

2.30pm- 3.30pm What kinds of Local Activism works? Stories from people who do it,
3.30-4.15pm Tea and Coffee
4.15-5pm Planning for action
Split into 3 or 4 geographical groups. meet with people in your local area and plan how to take action.
5pm Art Exhibition opening in the gallery downstairs
Brief walking tour of Waterford.

7.15pm Dinner! Then pub!

Sunday the 26th of September.
10.00-10.45 Warm up and wake up activity.
10.45-11.15 FoE the Organization and how we work
11.15-11.30 Tea and Coffee
11.30-12.00 What are the opportunities and barriers to winning environmental campaigns in the current political landscape?
12.00-12.45 Group planning, How can we be part of the FoE campaign in our area?
12.45-1.15 Report Back and closing remarks.


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