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Naughten's climate plan a moral and legal failure: 21 recommendations to fix it

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Naughten's climate plan a moral and legal failure
Campaigners publish 21 recommendations to fix it

The Stop Climate Chaos coalition, together with the Environmental Pillar, has published a damning critique of the Government's draft climate change plan. Having studied the plan in detail, the two coalitions, which include aid agencies such as Trocaire and Christian Aid and environmental organizations such as Friends of the Earth and An Taisce, conclude it fails to fulfill Ireland's international obligations or the Government's legal obligations under the climate law passed in 2015. They are calling on Minister Naughten to come back with a new plan, and they make 21 recommendations to ensure a revised plan is fit for purpose. A six week public consultation on the draft plan closes today. Under the climate law, Minister Naughten has until 10th June to submit a final plan to Government.

Catherine Devitt of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, policy coordinator for Stop Climate Chaos, commented

"The draft plan is tinkering when we need transformation. "At the Paris climate summit, Enda Kenny promised Ireland was "determined to play its part" but this plan amounts to Ireland looking for a free ride in the face of the greatest challenge humanity faces. "It is planning for failure, proposing nothing like enough action to meet our 2020, 2030 our 2050 targets. No one is asking Ireland to do more than its fair share to tackle climate change but we are asking for Ireland do its fair share."

Professor John Sweeney, who acted as rapporteur for the Oireachtas Committee that worked on the Climate Act, commented "This is a devastating critique of the Government's draft climate plan, exposing its weaknesses in a forensic manner. What's most striking is the way in which the Climate and Low Carbon Development Bill has been sidestepped. It would seem that the explicit provisions in the Bill have been ignored and this may open up all sorts of implications if the draft is not corrected along the lines suggested in this submission."

Eamonn Meehan, Executive Director of Trocaire, said: "The impacts of climate change are already having a serious impact on people in the developing world. The window of opportunity to tackle this crisis is rapidly closing. Ireland needs a strong national climate action plan that takes into account our responsibilities not only to ourselves but to the world’s poorest people. The consequences of inaction would be devastating.”

Summary briefing here: http://bit.ly/SCC-NMPbriefing

Full submission here: http://bit.ly/SCC-NMPsubmission

Key points include:

  • The plan is 5 years late, the last one expired at the end of 2012.
  • The Government's document isn't really a plan at all, it reads more like a discussion document, and picks no new measures to reduce emissions.
  • Irish emissions are rising and, according to the EPA, with current policies they will continue to rise.
  • Our climate targets require a 20% cut in emissions by 2020, a 30% cut by 2030 and an 80% but by 2050.
  • To meet the Government's own national objective for 2050:
    • combined emissions from everything bar agriculture have to decrease by 5% a year, every year from now to 2050.
    • emissions from agriculture will have to be at least halved from now to 2050
  • Our total carbon budget for the period 2016-2050 will be used up by 2030 if emissions continue on their current path.
  • Ireland faces financial penalties if we fail to cut emissions of:
    • up to €600 million by 2020 (22% of projected net fiscal space in 2020)
    • between €3bn and €6bn by 2030 (during the Troika years current expenditure fell by €4.6bn)

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Mitigation Plan reinforces Governments weak position on climate action

draft NMP 2017

Stop Climate Chaos
For immediate release

15 March 2017

Mitigation Plan reinforces Governments weak position on climate action

The Government today finally published its draft National Mitigation Plan – Ireland’s first plan in ten years on how it intends to reduce the harmful emissions that contribute to climate change. A requirement under Ireland’s Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act (2015), the Plan must establish how Ireland will reduce emissions from the buildings, agricultural, transport, and energy production sectors.

An analysis of the draft Plan conducted by Stop Climate Chaos has revealed that it fails to fully take into account the transformative ambition and action that is now urgently required to prevent the harmful effects of climate change.

On reviewing the document, Catherine Devitt, environmental justice officer with the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, and a spokesperson for the Coalition argued:

It has been ten years since Ireland’s last climate action plan, and this expired in 2012. Despite what the science is now clearly telling us, despite the unfolding evidence, and despite Ireland’s ratification of the Paris Agreement, this draft fails to offer anything new in terms of ambitious and just climate action. We urgently need to have a national conversation that is aligned with the science, the objectives of the Paris Agreement, and the principles of justice and fairness. I am afraid that the draft National Mitigation Plan will not provide this space.’

Suggesting a lack of seriousness by the Government to respond to the urgency and gravity of climate change, the draft Plan gives no acknowledgement, reflection or engagement with the level of ambition that Ireland committed to when it ratified the Paris Agreement in late 2016. Instead, the document frames the potential for Ireland’s climate response as being reliant on ‘cost-effectiveness’, and in particular, over-emphasises the financial costs and budgetary implications associated with implementing climate measures.

The Plan fails drastically in acknowledging the economic, human and environmental costs of failing to take action. This is despite the fact that Ireland has the 8th highest emissions per person among OECD countries, with emissions increasing by 3.7% in 2015. Ireland is only one of two countries in the European Union which will miss its 2020 emission reduction targets. Absence of a concrete plan now will only further the challenge of complying with Ireland’s 2030 targets and long-term 2050 national objective of reducing CO2 emissions by 80%.

Commenting, Cliona Sharkey, policy officer with Trócaire and a Coalition spokesperson said:

The Plan needed to establish how the Government intends on reducing emissions, especially in agriculture and transport. The Plan locks Irish society into regressive and unjust actions for the next five years. This will not only hurt our economy in the long-term as the impacts of climate change worsen, but will also have significant environmental and human costs, affecting the most, poorest communities here in Ireland and abroad’

The time of the draft’s publication means that it will fail to capture necessary media and public attention. The eagerly awaited draft comes at a time when most of the Cabinet are out of the country as part of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Under the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act, which became law on December 10th 2015, Minister for Climate Action, Denis Naughten TD, is obliged to submit a final action plan on how Ireland will cut climate pollution (called the National Mitigation Plan) to Government by 10th June 2017. Although the draft Plan is a welcome stage in the implementation of the Act; in the absence of clear leadership and ambitious action, it further cements Ireland’s position as a climate laggard.

Earlier this week and in advance of the draft publication, Stop Climate Chaos identified five tests that should be applied to evaluate the credibility of the document.

 

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Minister Brings Action Plan on Climate Pollution to Cabinet

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Stop Climate Chaos
For immediate release
7 March 2017

Minister Brings Action Plan on Climate Pollution to Cabinet

5 tests for its credibility published by climate campaigners

Minister Naughten has announced he is bringing Ireland's first plan to cut climate pollution in 10 years to Cabinet today. Publication of the draft National Mitigation Plan and the launch of a public consultation is expected within days.

The new action plan is a successor to the National Climate Change Strategies of April 2007 and October 2000, and the CO2 Abatement Strategy of June 1993. However, Irish greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change are higher now then they were at the time of the first plan in 1993. This is despite the National Policy Position on Climate Action which sets a national objective of cutting CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050 and capturing all our agricultural emissions by planting more trees and restoring our peatland bogs.

Stop Climate Chaos, the civil society coalition campaigning for Ireland to do its fair share to tackle climate change, has today published "Five Tests to for Ireland's draft National Mitigation Plan".

5 Tests for Ireland’s climate action plans

  1. Does the new plan add up to doing our fair share?
  2. Does it start the phase out of fossil fuels?
  3. Does it ramp up renewable energy and kick-start community ownership?
  4. Does it put agriculture on a path to carbon neutrality?
  5. Does it realign transport investment to reduce emissions?

The full 5 tests briefing document can be downloaded here.

Commenting, Cliona Sharkey, Trócaire Policy Officer and a spokesperson for the coalition said:

"Ultimately the plan needs to demonstrate Ireland is preparing to deliver not only on its EU targets, but also on the even more ambitious action agenda set out in the Paris Agreement. If we fail to meet our EU targets we will face significant fines.but if we fail to deliver on the Paris Agreement, we invite climate catastrophe with devastating consequences across society, the environment and the economy."

The Paris Agreement commits Ireland and all the other parties to the treaty to hold: “the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.”.

Unfortunately, Ireland is a persistent laggard – not a leader. According to latest figures, Ireland’s current emissions are 6.6% above 1990 levels, and emissions increased by 3.7% in 2015. Ireland, with the 8th highest emissions per person in the OECD, is one of only two countries in the EU which will overshoot its 2020 targets for emissions reductions.

Ireland needs to immediately embark on a rapid and just transition to a carbon-free future. Both the EPA and the new Climate Change Advisory Council describe what is required as “a major societal and economic transformation”. Ireland’s last action plan on climate was launched in 2007 –by the then Minister for the Environment, Dick Roche – and expired in 2012. The Advisory Council is clear the new National Mitigation Plan should not just focus on our EU targets for 2020 and 2030 but "should outline the roadmap to achieve the 2050 national objective". That objective, set out in the National Policy Position on Climate Action, is an 80% aggregate emissions reduction between the buildings, energy, and transport sectors, and carbon neutrality in agriculture.

Under the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act, which became law on December 10th 2015, Minister for Climate Action, Denis Naughten TD, is obliged to submit a final action plan on how Ireland will cut climate pollution (called the National Mitigation Plan) to Government by 10th June 2017.

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Trinity College's Decision to Divest from Fossil Fuels an "Historic Step". Government should follow suit.

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Trinity Fossil Free campaigners with the Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast.

Stop Climate Chaos Coalition
News Release
4pm Monday 12th December 2016

Trinity College's Decision to Divest from Fossil Fuels an "Historic Step"

Victorious student campaigners join call for Government to take taxpayers' money out of fossil fuels

On the first anniversary of the signing of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Stop Climate Chaos welcomes the official announcement by Trinity College Dublin that it is divesting its endowment fund of all investments in fossil fuel companies, in light of the urgency to wind down the fossil fuel industry if the commitments made in Paris are to be met. Stop Climate Chaos, the coalition of civil society organisations campaigning for climate action in Ireland, will join Trinity student campaigners at the Dáil tomorrow at 1pm to bring the message of their campaign to politicians and call for the Government to divest the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund.

Commenting, Stop Climate Chaos spokesperson, Oisin Coghlan said

"Trinity's decision to divest is an historic step. One year ago today in Paris political leaders made a solemn commitment to limit warming of the planet to well below 2 degrees C. There is ample evidence that fossil fuel companies have far more fossil fuels in their currently operating fields and reserves than we can ever burn if we are to respect that limit. Avoiding climate catastrophe means keeping the majority of remaining fossil fuels in the ground, and ramping up renewables to meet our energy needs."

The business plans of fossil fuel companies show they have no intention of abiding by the Paris Agreement. They intend to continue to extract and explore for even more fossil fuels.

Oisin Coghlan continued

"A safe future means a fossil free future. By divesting you send a clear message to the fossil fuel industry that what they are doing is unacceptable, and you send a message to political leaders, that they need to act urgently and decisively to wind down the fossil fuel industry in a just and orderly manner. Today, Trinity has put itself on the right side of history. Now it's time for the Government to do the same."

Eamonn Meehan, Director of Trocaire said:

"Current climate impacts are already too much for the communities that we work with. Today, 9.7 million people in Ethiopia are in need of food aid due to drought, exacerbated by climate change and El Nino. To fail to deliver on the commitments made in Paris is to knowingly condemn these women, men and children to even further suffering. This is something we simply cannot accept. Divesting the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund of its investments in fossil fuels would send a powerful signal of intent to people in Ireland, and people around the world, that Ireland is serious about the commitments made in Paris last year."

Fossil fuel divestment campaigns in Ireland are part of a global movement, the fastest growing of its kind in history. Spearheaded by university students running campus campaigns to urge their universities to divest in light of the moral inconsistency of their investments in an industry that is undermining the future of the students, it has seen a wide and varied range of actors join its ranks in a few short years – from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, a fortune built on oil, to pension funds, towns and cities in the US and Europe, including Berlin, Copenhagen, Oslo , faith groups and others. To date more than 600 institutions controlling assets of around $5 trillion have committed to divest.

Phil Kearney, Chair of the An Taisce Climate Change Committe said:

"President Trump is saying very concerning things about his intentions with regard to climate action. In Ireland on the other hand politicians are saying lots about our commitment to climate change, but in reality we’re moving in the wrong direction.

"Carbon emissions and energy use rose in Ireland last year. The credibility of Minister Naughten’s National Mitigation Plan due to be published this week will be seriously in question if it fails to chart a pathway to Ireland meeting the commitments it signed up to in Paris.

"We congratulate the Trinity students on their excellent campaign. We’ll be joining them at the Dail tomorrow to show politicians that the voices in Ireland calling for real ambition and action are growing."

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Notes

1) The official press release from Trinity College announcing the decision is here: http://bit.ly/TCD121216

2) The press release from the student Fossil Free TCD campaign is here: http://bit.ly/Stu121216

3) Stop Climate Chaos "5 tests for Ireland's climate action plans" briefing is here: http://bit.ly/SCC5tests

4) Stop Climate Chaos is a coalition of 30 civil society organisations campaigning for Ireland to do its fair share to tackle climate change. Launched in 2007, it is the largest network of organisations campaigning on climate change in Ireland, and was central to the campaign for a climate law. The members include development, environmental, youth and faith-based organisations: Afri, BirdWatch Ireland, Christian Aid Ireland, Comhlámh, Community Workers’ Cooperative, Concern, Cultivate, Cyclist.ie, Dublin Friends of the Earth, Eco Congregation Ireland, ECO UNESCO, Feasta, Friends of the Earth, Gorta, Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, Just Forests, Kimmage Development Studies Centre, Latin America Solidarity Centre (LASC), Liberia Solidarity Group, Methodist Church of Ireland – Council of Social Responsibility, Mountmellick Environmental Group (MEG), National Youth Council of Ireland, Oxfam Ireland, Peoples Climate Ireland, Presentation Ireland, Sustain West Cork, Trócaire, An Taisce, VITA and V.O.I.C.E.

Stop Climate Chaos, 9 Upper Mount Street, D02 K659. www.stopclimatechaos.ie.

 

Ask your TDs to meet you in Buswells on 15th November

Stop Climate Chaos will be hosting briefing meetings between TDs and local constituents in Buswells Hotel on Tuesday 15th November from 11am to 7pm.

In the coming days supporters of the 31 member organizations of the coalition, from Birdwatch to Trócaire, will be emailing their local TDs asking to meet them in Buswells on the day. And we're inviting anyone else interested in seeing climate action in Ireland to take part too!

The focus of the day is the challenges and opportunities for Ireland in the rapid and just transition to a carbon free future that is now imperative. The Government has set a national transition objective of an 80% reduction in emissions between transport, energy and buildings and carbon neutrality for agriculture by 2050. In fact, that is the least we will have to do to do our fair share to achieve the goals of the landmark Paris Agreement, which is about to come into force, to limit global warming to less than 2C.

In the nearer term we face challenging EU targets for 2020 and 2030 and unfortunately we have no plan for how to meet them. The National Climate Change Strategy expired at the end of 2012. Thankfully, the Climate Action Act requires a new national action plan to be agreed before June next year so it is now timely to discuss what should be in it.

We’re really looking forward to the National Dialogue on Climate Change promised in the Programme for Government and the TD meetings we’re hosting on 15th November is a down payment from Stop Climate Chaos on our commitment to be enthusiastic participants in that dialogue.

We think there are many positive initiatives the Oireachtas and the Government can progress to help achieve a stable climate while helping all our communities build a clean, healthy and prosperous future, and we look forward to discussing them with TDs on the day.

The next step is for you to ask your local TD(s) for a meeting on the 15th. Once a few people have done that for any TD we will coordinate with their office about the best time for the meeting. Staff members from the various Stop Climate Chaos member organizations will be on hand on the day to help you prepare for the meeting. The email action to ask your TD(s) to meet you is live here now. 

New report shows Irish agriculture is neither ‘climate-smart’ nor sustainable

Irish cattle less climate-efficient than European average and emissions per head up from 1990

18 Jul 2016

Stop Climate Chaos and the Environmental Pillar have published a new report titled “Not So Green: Debunking the Myths around Irish Agriculture”. Drawing heavily on scientific evidence, the report challenges government and industry claims and shows that Ireland’s current agriculture and land-use policy is neither ‘climate-smart’ nor sustainable.

According to the study by the two NGO coalitions Ireland’s cattle-based agriculture is actually less efficient than the European average - in terms of the level of greenhouse gases emitted per calorie of bovine food produced - and methane produced per head of cattle has increased in Ireland since 1990.

Spokesperson for the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition, Catherine Devitt, said:

“Based on detailed evidence, our analysis clearly shows that Ireland’s livestock agriculture is less efficient than claimed, and does not contribute to global food security. In fact, due to increasing emissions, the livestock sector is actively contributing to increased climate pollution and global food insecurity, putting the lives and livelihoods of some of the world’s poorest populations at risk. For reasons outlined in our report, meaningful efforts to address food security should aim to support small-scale producers.”

Allowing an increase in emissions, inevitable under current policy plans for expansion of the livestock sector, will mean that Ireland will fail to do its part in meeting its EU and Paris Agreement climate targets. The report outlines that intensive livestock production is an extremely climate, calorie and fertiliser intensive way of producing protein at scale. The extent to which the current model of production actually provides a sustainable livelihood for Irish farmers is also called into question.

Commenting on the biodiversity implications of Ireland’s proposed strategy to offset emissions from intensive agriculture by intensifying afforestation, Oonagh Duggan, Policy Officer with BirdWatch Ireland said:

“Both agriculture and forestry can be significant pressures and threats to birds and other biodiversity in Ireland. Environmental integrity is lacking in policies that are being being rolled out for these sectors. We need to re-align agricultural policy so that the environment is at its core. The claims of sustainability in agriculture that we hear about regularly are not substantiated by the reality for many upland and lowland farmland birds and other environmental or sustainability indicators”.

The report also identifies glaring inadequacies in the government’s claim that afforestation presents a viable option to offset increasing emissions from the agricultural sector. Land-based carbon sequestration cannot count as climate mitigation because it cannot guarantee the permanent carbon dioxide removal required to limit global warming. Continued coniferous afforestation and timber harvesting on the existing model also presents significant threats to Ireland’s biodiversity and water quality. Preserving Ireland’s carbon rich peatlands needs to be a far higher priority than afforestation; climate action requires a halt to peat extraction.

The new report just comes days before the European Commission publishes its proposed national shares of the EU’s 2030 target. The Fine Gael - led governments since 2011 have made a concerted lobbying effort to have Ireland’s 2030 target watered down based partly the special place agriculture has in the Irish economy. Stop Climate Chaos and the Environmental Pillar call on the European Commission to ensure that Land Use and Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) is dealt with in a separate pillar to ensure that all sectors including agriculture reduce emissions first rather than making unjustified use of offsets.

Stop Climate Chaos and the Environmental Pillar believe a change in direction in current agriculture and land-use policy is necessary and possible. However, a first step must be to accept the reality of the sector’s past and projected impacts on climate, food security and the environment. A re-aligned policy pathway is needed to plan for sustained year-on-year reductions in absolute emissions from agriculture, to avoid reliance on forestry for emissions offsets, to restore past damage to biodiversity and water quality, and to truly contribute to achieving food security for the world’s poorest.

The short 2 page summary is available to download here.

The full report is available to download here.

Fine Gael's Foundation for Government document shows they still have their heads in the sand on climate change

8 Apr 2016

Stop Climate Chaos has today said that Fine Gael’s A New Partnership Government: A Foundation Document misses the mark on climate change. Despite spanning nine pages, the climate change section fails to include any reference to agreed climate targets from the National Policy Position which was introduced under Fine Gael in the 31st Dáil. 

Commenting, Ciara Kirrane, Coordinator of the Stop Climate Chaos coalition, said:

"The document’s climate change section outlines the challenges but says little about how Ireland will fulfil its commitments to immediately reduce harmful emissions across all sectors under the Climate Act agreed in December. There is also no mention of related targets outlined in the 2014 National Policy Position which sets an objective of 80% reductions by 2050 in energy, buildings and transport and carbon neutrality in agriculture.

"We’re in a very precarious situation at the moment. The EPA stated only last month that Ireland will miss our EU2020 emissions reduction commitments, which require Ireland to reduce our emissions by 20% by the year 2020. Instead the EPA project we will have reduced emissions by a mere 6-11% by the 2020 deadline. Analysis from Green Budget Europe shows that Ireland’s performance is the second worst in Europe, and that Ireland could in fact become the worst performer if Luxembourg’s figures are updated. This would not only be extremely embarrassing for Ireland but failure to comply with the commitments we have agreed to will result in costly fines, with some putting estimates of these fines into the billions of euro.

The document is also weak on Ireland’s two most challenging sectors – transport and agriculture. By 2020 these two sectors will account for over three quarters of Ireland’s emissions in the non-ETS sector. Ms Kirrane continued:

"The only measures mentioned in the document relating to agriculture are about improving efficiency but this is completely inadequate. If we are to address the overall impact of agriculture we have to urgently introduce measures that reduce total emissions from the sector.

"The document implies that Ireland can be a world leader on climate change without doing much to address the causes of climate change. There are bold statements about Ireland wanting to reposition itself as a global leader, but in practice we know that Ireland is doing very little. Disturbingly it seems that if anything, Ireland is acting as an impediment to increasing action and ambition at the European level.

"In two weeks’ time world leaders will travel to New York to sign the Paris Agreement on climate action. Our Taoiseach was in Paris in December for the historic summit which led to the Agreement. Now the real work of making immediate, large and sustained whole-economy emission reductions begins. In our view, attendance at the signing ceremony will signal whether Ireland is serious or not about our intent to align our society and economic future with meeting the Paris Agreement climate targets."

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Notes to editors:

Election Day is looming - see what our members are calling for!

19 Feb 2016

Last year was a really big year for climate change. Ireland finally passed a Climate Law and, after two decades of negotiating, 195 countries agreed to a new global climate deal which aims to reduce global emissions to zero. In November citizens of Ireland took to the streets in greater numbers than ever before to call for climate action at the People's Climate March62

But stark reminders that our work to tackle climate change is just beginning came in the form of record breaking global temperatures (2015 was the hottest year on record since records began) and devastating flooding across Ireland (December was the warmest and wettest month on record).

This day next week we go to the polls. The results of Election 2016 will shape how Ireland translates the Climate Law, and indeed the global agreement, into action. We’re calling on you to talk to politicians who knock on your door about the reality of climate change and how concerned you are about it. Here’s a rundown of what Stop Climate Chaos members are calling on candidates to do:

Trócaire's Vote for Justice, Friends of the Earth's fossil free action, Christian Aid's asks on Climate and Tax, Oxfam's calls for Equality, An Tasice's Climate Action asks, the National Youth Council of Ireland's manifesto, the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice's calls for a Stand on Climate Change and Good Energies Alliance Pledge to Ban Fracking.

If you want to know where political parties stand on the environment but didn’t get a chance to attend the Environment Hustings hosted by Young Friends of the Earth and the Environmental Pillar on Wednesday, catch up here.

Please also sign on to the call from Ireland’s leading academics for a Citizens' Convention for a Post-Carbon Ireland

Upcoming events

Saturday 20th Feb – if you missed our screening of This Changes Everything with Happenings last September, you can catch it tomorrow night in the Lutheran Church in Ireland, St. Finian's Church, 24 Adeleide Road, Dublin 2.

Saturday 19th March - Earth Hour will be marked in Ireland by churches all around the country ringing their bells as a Clarion Call to action on climate action.

Thanks for all your support in 2015. Let's make 2016 even better than last year for action on climate change!

Activists from Ireland set sail for Paris climate talks

Photo outside FoE before leaving

9 Dec 2015

Thirty-five climate activists from around the country will today leave Dublin for Paris to take part in actions over the weekend as the climate negotiations draw to a close. Organised by Stop Climate Chaos, the group will undertake a 30 hour journey by land and sea to arrive in Paris in time for actions on Friday and Saturday, before getting back on their bus again on Sunday.

Stop Climate Chaos coordinator, Ciara Kirrane, said today:

"It's an exciting day for us. We've been planning this for months and are delighted to be bringing a busload of people from all walks of life and of all ages to Paris this weekend to call for climate justice and peace.

"Of course in light of the horrific events in Paris on 13th November, and the current security situation in the city, some of our plans have changed. But we believe we need to make our voices heard now more than ever, and be part of the global movement that is leading the transformation from a fossil fuel driven energy system into one that’s clean, efficient, renewable and owned and controlled by citizens. It's about people power and showing that whatever the outcome of the climate negotiations, we will have the last word."

The group will join thousands of other activists from around the world for a variety of creative actions around the city over the coming days.

On Sunday the world will unite for justice and peace. Join us.

There are now more than 2000 events planned in over 150 countries this weekend as part of the Global Climate March.

The French Government may have cancelled the People's Climate March in Paris on Sunday, amid ongoing security fears, but people around the world are stepping out and stepping up. Join us in Dublin on Sunday at 2pm on Custom House Quay. There are also events in Belfast, Galway and Cork.

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We will be marching for climate justice, community energy and a carbon free future. We will also be marching in solidarity with the French, Lebanese, Syrians, Iraqis and all those affected by the ongoing violence.

We already know climate chaos would undermine our societies and economies. We know that tackling climate change is a question of global justice. But climate change is also exacerbating conflict. Drought has been identified as one of the key catalysts of the Syrian conflict, killing livestock, undermining rural livelihoods and driving migration to the cities.

So when 150 world leaders arrive in Paris on Monday to kick-start the UN talks for a global climate deal, it will also be a justice and peace summit. And we cannot let Governments' security agenda silence civil society. When prime ministers meet we want the voices of the people ringing in their ears.

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We will be marching because we don't trust our leaders to lead. We know the real leaders are the communities on the frontline of the climate crisis and of the energy revolution we need to solve it. Communities resisting land grabs for palm oil plantations in Africa, communities pioneering collective solar energy projects across the world and those organizing to keep fossil fuels in the ground.

If enough of us lead, our leaders will follow. Sunday's march will set the agenda and in the months and years ahead we will hold our leaders accountable for delivering it.

In hope,

Ciara Kirrane
Coordinator, Stop Climate Chaos coalition

P.S. We are organizing a Climate Justice and Solidarity trip to Paris for the end of the UN talks. The French Government has banned the mass demonstrations on Saturday 12th, but international civil society is still working on creative ways for the tens of thousands still travelling to Paris to have the last word. Friends of the Earth International is organizing an indoor event on Friday 11th. The NGO Climate Action Zone is still going ahead with the support of the French Government. Read the detailed programme here. Live updates on the plans can be found here. If you want to join us for the overland trip - leaving the evening of Wednesday 9th and arriving back on the morning of Monday 14th - fill out this form and we'll be in touch. Stop Climate Chaos is subsidizing the trip so it'll cost around €250 depending on final numbers.

Please share this with anyone you know who might meet up with you at the march.

Before Paris climate summit begins, march organizers call for massive show of solidarity

A week ahead of the People’s Climate March, Stop Climate Chaos is calling for a massive turnout to show solidarity with the French, Lebanese, Syrians, Iraqis and all those affected by ISIS atrocities. The 29th November marks a global day of action on climate change, ahead of a UN climate change summit which gets underway in Paris on 30th November. Over 1500 marches in approximately 70 countries around the world are planned for next Sunday and as host nation, hundreds of thousands were expected to participate in the march in Paris. As a result of the attacks and the state of emergency, all public demonstrations have now been forbidden in the city.

Ciara Kirrane, coordinator of the Stop Climate Chaos coalition, said:

“Now more than ever we need people out on the street to lend their voice to the call for climate justice and peace. The horrific and tragic events in Paris means French civil society cannot express their fundamental right to protest which means we in the global movement and in Ireland must mobilise with even more determination than before.

“Around 150 world leaders will arrive in Paris on Monday 30th November to kick start the UN talks for a global climate agreement. We can’t let them off the hook; we must get out on the streets in even greater numbers to make sure they know that the world is watching. Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be among the 150 world leaders and we want him to be in no doubt as he arrives in Paris that Ireland is calling for climate justice, community energy and a carbon free future.”

Join the People's Climate March 29th November

March for climate justice, community energy and a carbon free future

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At the end of November, governments will be gathering in Paris for COP 21 to finalize a global agreement on climate change. People around the world are calling for action – especially those who are most vulnerable to climate impacts yet have had no role in creating the problem. Our voices are critical if we want a better, more just, and sustainable society.

So make your voice heard and join the People's Climate March on Sunday 29th November to demand Climate Justice, Community Energy and a Carbon Free Future. We're assembling outside the Custom House at 2pm.

Nothing less than a systemic transformation of our societies, our economies, and our world will suffice to solve the climate crisis and close the ever-increasing inequality gap. The urgency to keep temperatures down is not just about the planet and the environment. It is about people, and our capacity as humanity to secure safe and dignified lives for all.

Make sure you're part of this international weekend of action. Join us in Dublin and if you can't make the Dublin march, please join rallies in Belfast, Cork and Galway.

 

Dáil passes Climate Bill but campaigners say real test is whether this translates into action

8 Oct 2015

Stop Climate Chaos today welcomed the fact that the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill has been passed by the Dáil but warned that actual measures to tackle climate change are yet to be delivered. The Final Stage of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill concluded this afternoon, less than two months before major UN climate talks get underway in Paris.

Commenting, Ciara Kirrane, Coordinator of Stop Climate Chaos, said:

“The passing of the Bill today is to be welcomed. It is long overdue but its passage in the Dáil draws a line in the sand and means attention can now move to how we as a society will achieve emission reductions in key sectors such as transport and agriculture.

“The Bill does not go as far as it should but some significant improvements were made along the way, such as the inclusion of the principal of climate justice and a guarantee that the climate advisory council will be independent in its duties. National action plans will also be obliged to take into account climate policy, the objective of which is an 80% reduction in emissions from buildings, energy and transport and carbon neutrality in agriculture.

“This Bill also guarantees that future governments must have an action plan for reducing emissions. The last national action plan on climate change expired in 2012, and it could be 2017 before a new plan is in place, meaning this government will have had no action plan on climate change for their entire term in office. The Climate Bill will ensure this behaviour cannot be repeated.”

The lack of progress on implementing climate mitigation measures has been echoed by the European Commission in a recent report which saw Ireland criticised for having ‘insufficient’ climate related policies.

Ms Kirrane continued:

“With only two months to go until major climate negotiations begin, the government must signal their intention to tackle climate change by setting out their vision and plan for decarbonising our society in the forthcoming Energy White Paper. The government must also live up to commitments made on providing climate finance to the Green Climate Fund. Ireland is one of only a handful of countries that has yet to pledge its contribution to this fund, which was a source of considerable embarrassment at last year’s UN climate negotiations.”

As Climate Bill debate continues in the Dáil campaigners say it is now time to pass it into law

30th September 2015

Stop Climate Chaos today welcomed the fact that the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill is back in the Dáil for Report Stage and says it is now time to pass the Bill into law. Acknowledging the progress made to date, in part from pressure applied by campaigners but also thanks to the interest from TDs on all sides, the coalition says that the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill must now be urgently passed into law. The Report Stage debate resumes two months ahead of major UN climate talks in Paris. The coalition adds however that passing the Climate Bill does not, in and of itself, constitute action.

Commenting, Ciara Kirrane, Coordinator of Stop Climate Chaos, said:

 "While progress on the Climate Bill is to be welcomed, the real test is whether the government can translate this into action. Ireland has not had a national action plan on climate change since 2012, when the last plan expired, and there is currently no prospect of a new plan being in place until 2017. This means the government will have had no action plan on climate change for their entire term in office.

 The lack of progress on implementing climate mitigation measures has been echoed by the European Commission in a recent report which saw Ireland criticised for having ‘insufficient’ climate related policies.

 Ms Kirrane continued:

 “With only two months to go until major climate negotiations begin, the government must signal their intention to tackle climate change by setting out their vision and plan for decarbonising our society in the forthcoming Energy White Paper. The government must also live up to commitments made on providing climate finance to the Green Climate Fund. Ireland is one of only a handful of countries that has yet to pledge its contribution to this fund, which was a source of considerable embarrassment at last year’s UN climate negotiations. Finally they must ensure adequate time is dedicated in the Dáil to passing the Climate Bill.”

 Following calls from campaigning organisations that the Climate Bill was too weak to work, a number of amendments were accepted at Committee Stage in June. These changes included a reference to climate justice, a guarantee ensuring the independence of the Advisory Council and clarity on the low carbon objective.

Stop Climate Chaos hosts Irish premiere of This Changes Everything this weekend

This weekend, as part of a weekend of global climate action, Stop Climate Chaos and Happenings will host the Irish premiere of This Changes Everything. The documentary, based on Naomi Klein's bestselling book on climate change, is a powerful rallying-cry for a global movement to take on the challenge of climate change.

This-Changes-Everything_FinalWe're one of only a handful of countries getting to screen the film a month before it goes on general release so please join us for this outdoor screening to witness powerful stories from communities on the front line of climate change. 

When: Saturday 26th September 5.30 – 9.30pm (film starts when it gets dark!)

Where: Merrion Square Park, Dublin

Tickets: €5 suggested donation on the gate

We will have live music from Mundy and Oliver Cole, the best of Dublin's street food offerings and entertainment in the form of a wandering Molly Malone, Climate Change Croquet, bicycle-demolished smoothies and bicycle-powered projections under the trees, a photo exhibition, hidden messages from Young Friends of the Earth, oh and free Ben & Jerry's ice cream.

Will this film change everything? Probably not. But you could, by answering its call to action! So come along on Saturday and tell all your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues about it too.

 

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