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We are the secretariat of the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition and co-convene the One Future Campaign.


 

ACTION: Close the loopholes in the Climate Bill

Email your TDs today

Ireland could have a new climate law before 2020 draws to a close. However the current draft of this law has some alarming loopholes and weaknesses that must be addressed to make the Bill fit for purpose - and capable of really driving climate action.

The Climate Bill is currently being examined by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action - which can propose amendments to the Bill. This gives us a short but crucial window of opportunity to get the Bill strengthened.

Stop Climate Chaos has produced a briefing to assess the Bill and outline how it can be strengthened to close these loopholes. We need to make sure that the Committee reads this briefing and supports its recommendations, which are summarised below:

1. Add the word "achieve" back into the objective to achieve net zero by 2050.

The Heads of Bill published by the outgoing Government in January included the word “achieve” in the 2050 objective. This draft Bill does not, it instead uses the word “pursue” on its own. The word “achieve” needs to go back in.

2. Add the words "at the latest" into the following text: "The state shall achieve the objective of a climate neutral economy by 2050"

The 2050 objective in the Bill must be a floor for Ireland’s climate ambition, not a ceiling, particularly as net-zero by 2050 still does not represent our fair share of the global effort to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.

3. The definition of a Carbon Budget must be tightened to make it explicit that it will cover all gases and all sectors in a single national emissions limit.

4. The Bill must oblige the Climate Change Advisory Council to propose Carbon Budgets that are in line with the 2050 climate objective in the Bill.

That clear and direct relationship between the long-term target and the 5-year Carbon Budgets is the driving force of effective climate laws in other jurisdictions. The budgets must ensure consistent, sustained action between now and 2050 in line with EU targets. It is currently missing in this Bill.

5. There must be a clear duty on the minister and the government to produce plans that are in line with the Carbon Budgets.

Not just to “have regard to” the Carbon Budgets when producing their plans.

By taking this e-action, you can email your TDs, asking them to make a representation on your behalf to the Chair and the Clerk of the Committee, urging them to support Stop Climate Chaos's recommendations to improve the Bill. The email sent to your TDs will also ask them to speak to their political grouping’s nominee on the Committee on Climate Action. You can personalize or modify the text of the email if you wish!

 

 

Catch up on Climate Action - October 2020

Issued in the blog on October 19, 2020 at 11:14:00.

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On October 13th 2005 we launched our very first e-action to get all 166 TDs in the Dáil to sign a Climate Pledge promising that Ireland would do its fair share to tackle global climate change. And last week marked our 15 year anniversary! This e-action enabled the public to email their local TDs urging them to sign the pledge for the very first time.

Now fast-forward 15 years to today and our team is working away to ensure the Government pass a strong Climate Law. And emailing TDs and taking e-actions has become the bread and butter of our campaigns!

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Climate Justice: A discussion

Issued in the blog on October 16, 2020 at 12:48:00.

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Climate justice is a term that has been bandied around a lot lately. But do we really understand what it means? And when we use the term, are we really upholding the principles of climate justice? Despite its recent popularity, climate justice is not a new term. The ideas that underpin climate justice in its original sense have been developed over decades by social movements such as environmental justice, trade justice and peasant movements. Key climate justice concepts such as ”climate debt” and “equity” have been developed and refined, largely by movements in the Global South - often with pushback from the Global North. With that in mind we’re hosting a webinar at 6pm on 28th October to examine the meaning of climate justice. You can join us by registering for the webinar here

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Climate Bill is starting gun for the race of a lifetime to eliminate pollution

Issued in news on October 07, 2020 at 19:01:00.

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Stop Climate Chaos responds to the publication of the Climate Bill

New Bill substantially improves 2015 law but substantial weaknesses remain that must be fixed by TDs and senators

The Stop Climate Chaos Coalition has welcomed the publication of the new Climate Bill, describing it as “a significant milestone” on the path to faster and fairer climate action. 

The campaign group, which includes environmental, overseas aid, youth and faith groups, has been calling for a strong climate law since 2007, and coordinated the campaign that led to the passing of the 2015 Climate Action Act.

Oisín Coghlan, Coordinator of the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition said:

"This Climate Bill substantially improves the 2015 law but substantial weaknesses remain that must be fixed by TDs and Senators."

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On the eve of the Climate Bill’s publication, Stop Climate Chaos sets five tests for the Bill and outlines essential next steps.

Issued in news on October 05, 2020 at 17:30:00.

What to look for in climate bill

The new Climate Bill is due to be published tomorrow, day 101 of the new government.

Today, 5th October, is Day 100 of the new Government. The Programme for Government committed to publishing a Climate Action Bill in the first 100 days of the new administration. Comments from the Taoiseach on 23rd September, and from the Minister for Climate Action over the weekend, indicate that the Bill is due to be published tomorrow, Tuesday, on Day 101 of the new administration. In advance of the publication of the Bill, the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition, which has been campaigning for a strong climate law since 2007, has laid out 5 questions we will use to assess the Bill and 5 steps the Government needs to take in the next year. Once the Bill is published, we will assess how well it addresses our 5 benchmark questions.

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Watch it Back - Two webinars on Irish Climate Law

Issued in the blog on October 02, 2020 at 09:00:00.

What to look for in climate bill

We saw the power of legislation to hold the Government to account in August when the Supreme Court struck down the Government’s hopelessly inadequate 2017 climate action plan because it didn’t comply with the provisions of the 2015 Climate Action Act. That 2015 law was the result of 8 years of campaigning by Freinds of the Earth and the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition.

Now, at our urging, the Government parties have promised to publish a new, stronger climate law within the first 100 days of their administration, by 5th October. Ahead of this milestone, Stop Climate Chaos hosted two webinars to delve into Irish climate law and legislation.

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5 Tests for the Climate Action Bill

Issued in news on September 28, 2020 at 12:42:00.

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Friends of the Earth sets Five Questions for the new Climate Bill, as Minister Ryan announces it will be published next week

Responding to the announcement from Minister Eamon Ryan over the weekend that the outline of the Climate Action Bill has been approved by Cabinet in advance of its publication next week, Friends of the Earth today laid out the five questions the Bill needs to answer.

Commenting, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisín Coghlan said:

“The approval of the Climate Bill by Cabinet is welcome step. Friends of the Earth has been campaigning for a strong law to drive climate action for 13 years.

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Campaigners call on Dáil Éireann to pass new climate law by Christmas

Issued in news on September 23, 2020 at 19:07:00.

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Stop Climate Chaos launches 5 tests for faster and fairer climate action

Climate campaigners have called on the Dáil to pass its promised climate law by Christmas. The Stop Climate Chaos Coalition said the climate law is crucial but the Government needs to move from legal frameworks to real action as quickly as possible. The Government has promised to publish a new Climate Bill within its first 100 days, by October 5th. The campaign group expects the Bill to closely follow the recommendations of an all-party committee on climate action, and has set out 5 tests for the policies and measures that must follow the law.


Commenting, Oisín Coghlan, a spokesperson for Stop Climate Chaos, said:

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Stop Climate Chaos Webinar: The implications of the Supreme Court judgement in the Climate Case for climate action in Ireland

Issued in the blog on September 06, 2020 at 22:15:00.

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Join this webinar at 5pm Irish Time on Wednesday 9th September (please ignore the time zone on the registration page!)

September has begun. And with it, a new season of climate campaigning kicks off. Stop Climate Chaos has a host of activities, events and actions lined up to ensure that the Government holds to its Programme for Government promises and delivers the faster and fairer climate action we so urgently need. And crucially that it passes the legislation required to make that action a legal requirement!

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Youth for Climate Justice - Get involved in the SYSTEM:RESET project today!

Issued in the blog on September 04, 2020 at 16:33:00.

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As we campaign to address the climate crisis, it is crucial that we are guided by those who are most impacted by the problem. This is the right thing to do, but it’s also the most strategic. That’s why it’s crucial that a diverse range of people and groups are involved in shaping climate solutions - and that underrepresented groups are urgently brought to the table. Addressing the climate crisis requires much more than simply cutting emissions - to be successful we must challenge the unjust economic and social systems that underpin this crisis - and be guided by people who are most impacted by these very systems.

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​​Reflecting on the Programme for Government 2020​​

Issued in the blog on August 04, 2020 at 17:14:00.

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​​The Programme for Government was a hot topic when it was published in June. It generated much discussion and debate among many in the climate movement. With that in mind, we’d like to share a few thoughts on Friends of the Earth’s approach to evaluating the Programme for Government 2020. ​​

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