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Making Them Listen: Talking to MEP candidates about Climate

24 Apr 2019

Only once every 5 years we get a chance to elect candidates that will speak for Ireland in the European Parliament. And this chance is critical. We have just 11 years to dramatically lower our greenhouse gas emissions in order to stay below a 1.5C. We must ensure our elected MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) have climate on their agenda.

Your voice counts - you can to make them listen!

Your vote counts - vote for MEP's strong on climate!

Join us next Tuesday, April 30th in The Carmelite Centre, Dublin at 6pm - 8pm for 'Making them Listen: A workshop on talking to politicians'.

Register on Eventbrite here.

As Local and European elections approach, Financial Justice Ireland are hosting an interactive skills-based workshop to discuss what the priorities are for social, financial and environmental justice groups, and how we can effectively communicate these priorities to political election candidates.

We'll be there, talking about the European Investment Bank's funding of fossil fuels, and how you can communicate the scale of the crisis.

This comes just weeks after we held a completely packed and very lively event in the offices of the European Parliament with two panels of young people taking centre stage and demanding immediate responses from MEP candidates (we'll have a short video of the event ready soon, so keep an eye on our social media platforms for that).

On Tuesday, you will hear snippets from the following groups and organizations on what they want to see politicians do to promote justice and equality in the Global South and in Ireland.

  • Financial Justice Ireland
  • Social Justice Ireland
  • Fórsa Trade Union
  • Friends of the Earth (we'll be focusing on the European Investment Bank's continued investment in gas)
  • Trócaire
  • Not Here Not Anywhere

This will be followed by a hands-on skills workshop exploring the tactics that we can use to effectively talk to candidates in the upcoming elections, to make sure our priorities are heard. We'll look at letter-writing, phone banking, in-person meetings and also try to link you up with others in your locality so that you can be stronger and more confident together.

Those being hit first and worst by climate change right now have done the least to cause the crisis. Something has to change, it's up to all of us to make sure our elected representatives are ready to act on climate.

We'd love to see you there.

Our participation in this event is funded by our project 'Finance: Fuelling Climate Change?' funded by the European Commission.

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