Lack of food systems discussion at COP26 is entirely unacceptable

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE  The lack of discussion around food systems at the COP26 conference in Glasgow is entirely unacceptable and the same approach cannot be taken here in Ireland, the Environmental Pillar has said.  Ireland’s leading coalition of environmental groups has closely been following the ongoing negotiations in Scotland and while there have been some overall positive developments resulting from the …

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Soon-to-be-published Climate Action Plan must meet this moment

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Ireland must put its money where its mouth is with the new and soon-to-be-published Climate Action Plan as its delegation prepares to take part in international climate negotiations in Glasgow.  This is the call from the Environmental Pillar, Ireland’s leading coalition of environmental groups, who are urging the Government to ensure the highly anticipated Climate Action Plan due …

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Ireland’s draft CAP Strategic Plan is failing the environment

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE Measures in the draft CAP Strategic Plan fall far short of what’s needed to address the biodiversity and climate crisis, Ireland’s leading coalition of environmental groups has said.   Representatives from the Environmental Pillar met with Minister Charlie McConalogue and Minister Pippa Hackett on Friday 16 October and stated clearly that the actions and measures in Ireland’s draft CAP …

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The Environmental Pillar opposes Department cuts to space for nature on farmland

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Environmental Pillar is dismayed with a recent proposed change in Ireland’s CAP Strategic plan by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to cut the space for nature requirement on Irish farms, from 5% to just 4% at a recent Common Agriculture Policy consultation meeting.The Department also proposes to further weaken this ambition by including crops …

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Budget 2022: Time for the Government to put its money where its mouth is

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE  The Government must put its money where its mouth is in the upcoming 2022 National Budget in order to address our worsening climate and biodiversity crises.  This is the call from the Environmental Pillar, Ireland’s largest coalition of environmental groups, who have recommended a number of measures to confront these twin crises while improving the resiliency of our …

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Food Vision 2030: another detrimental blueprint for agriculture

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE  The newly published Food Vision 2030 Strategy is yet another detrimental blueprint for agriculture which regrettably takes its place amongst a series of failed policies for the sector.  This is the warning from the Environmental Pillar, Ireland’s leading coalition of environmental groups, who reluctantly withdrew from the industry-dominated Strategy (formerly known as the Agri-Food 2030 Strategy) in February …

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The Agri-Food 2030 strategy must forge a path of transformation

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE  The newly published Agri-Food 2030 Strategy must set us on a path of transformation for a diverse and resilient food system in line with planetary boundaries.  This is the call from the Environmental Pillar, Ireland’s leading coalition of environmental groups, who reluctantly left the Strategy’s Committee in February after reading a draft final document. [1] Karen Cielsielski, the …

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Ireland must meet the moment and halve its emissions over the next decade

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Ireland must face the concrete challenge head-on of halving our emissions in the next ten years in order to meet the ambition laid out in this week’s revised Climate Bill, Ireland’s leading coalition of environmental groups has said.  The Environmental Pillar welcomed the Bill’s publication earlier this week and recognised it as a crucial first step in finally …

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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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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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