50th Anniversary Education Day

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As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Friends of the Earth, we invite you to join us for a day of enlightenment and empowerment at our Education Day event on Saturday, April 27th, from 10AM to 4PM in Richmond Barracks, Inchicore, Dublin. This special occasion will be a culmination of insights, discussions, and reflections on the journey towards environmental justice and sustainability.

This event aims to bring a global justice framework to Dublin which builds international solidarity among the climate movement - from Ireland to Palestine, and from Moneypoint to Cerrejón. As a celebration of environmental struggle we will be diving into questions around what a sustainable economy could look like, and how colonialism and extractivism is currently destroying communities worldwide. This will happen through panel discussions, a workshop, and a film screening. 

Date: Saturday, April 27th
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Richmond Barracks, Inchicore, Dublin

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Programme for the day

10 AM - 11:30 AM: Panel - 'From More to Better: Moving past growth and our planetary crises'

Our day begins with contributions from a variety of Irish academics and professionals working in the fields of environmental and ecological economics. We will pose the questions of: What does a sustainable economy look like for people and planet, and how do we get there?


  • John Barry (Queen's University)
  • Anita Vollmer (ESRI)
  • Mary Murphy (Maynooth University)
  • Anne Ryan (Feasta)

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Workshop - 'Climate Counts' game

Next, we will have an interactive workshop facilitated by past participants of FoE Ireland’s very own Climate Change, Colonialism and Extractivism course. ‘Climate Counts’ is the game that tests what you know, or what you think you know, about the distribution of people, wealth and greenhouse gases across our planet. 

Together, we’ll explore the facts around these issues and create a space to unpick some of the perspectives around the drivers of inequality and climate change.

Lunch 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

We will break for lunch thereafter, supplied by Foodcloud, a non-profit social enterprise that aims to lower food waste and increase sustainability. Or you can take a walk around the eco-gardens in the barracks.

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM: Film Screening - 'The Illusion of Abundance' + Q&A with Director

After lunch, we will watch a screening of the film ‘The Illusion of Abundance’, a story of three women on the frontlines of fighting against colonialism and extractive industries obsessed with economic growth in Mexico, Brazil, and Honduras. Bertha, Carolina and Maxima tell us a story of tireless courage—how to keep fighting to protect nature when your life is at risk? When police repression, corporate harassment, injuries or even death threats are part of your daily routine?

We will be joined by director Mattheiu Lietaert for a Q&A after the screening.

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM: Online panel - 'Fighting Against Colonialism and Fossil Fuel Extractivism'

Finally, we will be hosting an online international panel with speakers from across the world talking about their work challenging fossil fuel giants and colonial powers. Finishing the event with a call for global solidarity, we will meet environmental defenders who are part of the Friends of the Earth International network. From taking French oil giants to court in Uganda, to opposing the mine that produces the coal that we burn in Moneypoint in Ireland, to organising to protect land and biodiversity in Palestine as that land is being actively seized by Israeli aggression. Please note that the panelists for this session will be joining us online. 


  • Maxwell Atuhura (TASHA/Friends of the Earth Uganda)
  • Abeer M. AL Butme (PENGON/Friends of the Earth Palestine)
  • Paula Portela (CENSAT/Friends of the Earth Colombia)


We invite you to be a part of this vital conversation, where knowledge meets action, and together, we envision a more sustainable and equitable future for all.

Please register by filling in this form. Feel free to spread the word and bring along friends, colleagues, and anyone who shares our passion for environmental action. Looking forward to seeing you there! 

This event is part of our System Change Seminar Series, and will delve into critical issues surrounding environmental justice, sustainability, and the urgent need for systemic change.

This event has been funded by Irish Aid through Friends of the Earth’s GCE project and co-funded by Community Foundation Ireland. We are deeply grateful for the support of our funders and also that of our speakers, facilitators and contributors. The views expressed in this event are those of the organisers and do not necessarily reflect those of our funders.