Young People and Climate Action Now!

Sinead Mercier

IN 2050, 95% of Ireland current carbon emissions will have to be cut. All things going well, this means all homes and business will be insulated to Passive House standard to reduce energy use, any excess will be 100% renewable energy – wind, solar or tidal owned by communities and co-ops. Town and country planning will have improved to allow quick, safe and clean transport to and from work rather than scattered countryside houses. Work will include clean-tech, renewable energy, Climate Smart agriculture/agroecology and co-operatives. Natural resources will be owned in common and disease and carbon intensive farming will become local, clean and devolved to the expertise and control of today’s farmers – working in partnership with their environment. 2050 then will be the culmination of a wholescale transition to a post-carbon economy. At a mere 61 years of age I will have lived through the Great Industrial Revolution – or indeed, its reversal. Things going wrong, I might live in a securitised state where EU navy boats patrol the shores to cut off refugees fleeing scorched or sinking states.  Privatised water resources are poisoned as the land is bored and bled for natural gas.

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Young Friends of the Earth Internship

 

New Intern

We are delighted to announce we are hiring for a new intern to support our Young Friends of the Earth activists!

For more information please or to apply please contact heather@foe.ie, closing date 19th November.

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Reflections on significance of this year’s Network Gathering

Mícheál Callaghan

At this the start of this year’s Young Friends of the Earth network gathering, one participant mentioned, starkly, that we’re running out of time to save the planet. This might seem a bit dramatic, but sadly it’s true. We’re living in the age of destruction and consequence.

It is no longer possible (nor has it ever been) to have finite growth on one planet of infinite resources. Yet if you listen to politicians and most economists, you would think that this is the case. Whenever figures are released that the economy they tend to celebrate and try to convince us that this is good news. However, rarely do we get to see behind… Read more

New awakenings at this year’s Network Gathering!

Camilla Kane

A true awaking of collective action came from this years network gathering which took place in the beautiful Boghill Centre in the Burren, Co. Clare. Whether it was the fresh air or the spiritual sensation from stone circles and holistic practices in the area I am feeling extremely energised and excited for what is to come in the next year to follow.  Read more

Young Friends of the Earth Network Gathering 2015!

You are warmly invited to the Young Friends of the Earth Network Gathering 2015! 🙂

Are you interested in environmental and social justice?
Would you like the opportunity to discuss ideas and learn new skills?
Are you free on Friday 11th to Sunday 13th September?
Would you like to spend a FREE weekend away in a beautiful setting in nature with lovely people?

If so then the Young Friends of the Earth Network Gathering is for you. 🙂 Whether you have been involved with Young Friends of the Earth for a while or whether you are brand new and interested in learning who and what Young Friends of the Earth is all about, our weekend away is for you! 🙂

Register here or for more info read on…

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Climate Justice- Confronting Privilege, Connecting Struggles

Sydney Weinberg

24 JULY 2015

We have passed the mid way point of the YFOEE Summer Camp in Brittany France and the day began with some challenging – but vital – discussions about the linkages between environmental and climate struggles, and those of race, class and gender – which our very own Sydney from Ireland followed. No doubt this day has marked the start of many conversations to continue about what these truths mean for us and our movement.

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Share the beautiful Ireland that we want to preserve with the WORLD!

“Do you know a place on earth so beautiful it is paradise? Film it!” and be part of a Europe wide film project  called “Climate Operation” demonstrating our beautiful earth.

This film will be broadcasted on TV and at the Climate talks COP21 this December in Paris where world leaders will be meeting to make crucial decision for the future in regards to environmental and social justice issues.

The top video will be compiled into a 52 min film by Arte a France-German TV Channel.

Do you agree Ireland should make this cut? Then follow the info in document below to find out how you can submit your vision of beauty in Ireland or elsewhere.

Get in touch by emailing youngfoe@foe.ie to team up with others and get support in creating your video.

Future News- Film Making

Over the last week some of our members have been working hard to develop a short film to share a glimpse of what the future we strive for would look like. Watch this space for updates on how the team got on and for the final production.

Future News team; Meaghan Carmody, Aisling Kennedy, Colm Tong, Camilla Kane, Cheryl Notaro and Sydney Weinberg. Read more

April 18: the Global Day of Action against the TTIP

by active member Jennyfer Pileggi

Today April 18 across Europe thousands and thousands of people are taking actions against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a massive trade deal currently being negotiated between the EU and US, that could have major implications for our food standards if completed.

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