The Environmental Pillar withdraws from the problematic 2030 Agri-Food Strategy Committee

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Ireland’s leading coalition of environmental groups has reluctantly withdrawn from the Agri-Food 2030 Strategy Committee today having come to the conclusion that the draft Strategy is woefully inadequate to meet the social and environmental challenges we face.   The soon-to-be-published draft 2030 Strategy serves as a follow-up to Food Wise 2025, and rather than drive the ecological transformation we need …

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Please find below the Environmental Pillar’s submissions on the 2030 Agri-Food Strategy: The Environmental Pillar Interventions to the Agri-Food 2030 Strategy Committee meeting on 12 March 2020 The Environmental Pillar’s Submission on Chapter 10 of the Agri-Food Strategy 2030on 30 June 2020 The Environmental Pillar’s submission on SEA Scoping report and AA Screening statement for Agri-Food 2030 Strategy sent in …

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The Environmental Pillar cautiously welcomes Brexit Deal

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The Environmental Pillar has given a cautious welcome to the news that a deal has been reached between the UK and the European Union on the future relationship. Over the coming weeks the Pillar will be examining the text in detail to ensure that our common environmental standards, monitoring and enforcement are adequately provided for. The problems posed by Brexit …

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Local community representation crucial for Forestry Policy group

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Local community campaigns must have a voice on the newly formed Forestry Policy group in order to meet the industry’s pressing challenges.  Groups such as Save Leitrim, Save Cavan and Save Kerry have been at the forefront in calling for an improved forestry model. The Environmental Pillar, the Sustainable Water Network, BirdWatch Ireland, An Taisce and the Irish …

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Ag Climatise is a roadmap for business-as-usual damage to climate

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE  The recently published Ag Climatise roadmap by the Department of Agriculture perpetuates business-as-usual practices that will continue to wreak havoc on our environment and prevent us from meeting our climate targets.  This is the warning from the Environmental Pillar, Ireland’s leading coalition of environmental groups, who are calling for a transformative, ambitious, and synchronised agricultural policy in line …

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The Climate Action (Amendment) Bill 2020

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The Environmental Pillar welcomed the publication of the Climate Bill in October of this year, and closely followed its pre-legislative scrutiny proceedings before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action. In our submission on this Bill, we outline 12 areas which we believe must be changed and corrected in order to make the Bill fit for purpose. These recommendations include: …

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EPA’s clarion call for action welcome

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25 November 2020  The clarion call to action from the Environmental Protection Agency today has been wholeheartedly welcomed by Ireland’s leading coalition of environmental organisations.  The Environmental Pillar has a longstanding history of advocating for a unified policy response to our ongoing climate and biodiversity crises, and we have witnessed time and time again that existing siloed measures to address …

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Fundamental Flaws in Climate Bill must addressed in pre-legislative scrutiny

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The Environmental Pillar is pleased to see the Bill strengthen the State’s commitment to climate action, and particularly welcomes the proposed inclusion of biodiversity expertise on future Climate Change Advisory Councils. The Pillar has stressed that the twin crises of climate and biodiversity are deeply interlinked and must be addressed simultaneously.

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New agri-food policy must shift away from intensive practices

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE  This World Food Day, the Environmental Pillar and the Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) are demanding that an immediate shift away from intensive agricultural practices take place in the State’s new agri-food policy.  Both organisations have expressed serious concerns that the State is rushing the development of Ireland’s new 2030 Agri-Food Strategy, which will determine the future direction of …

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