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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Forestry Bill fails to solve the sector’s problems

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE The current Forestry Bill set to go before the Dáil today fails to solve the multi-faceted problems the sector faces, Ireland’s largest coalition of environmental groups has warned.  The Environmental Pillar has stressed that the Bill is being rushed through and will limit the public’s capacity to appeal forestry decisions. It proposes permanent actions that will not fix …

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Biodiversity, climate and just recovery must be prioritised in 2021 budget

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE  The State must prioritise the biodiversity and climate crises in its 2021 budget and ensure that all measures taken to address them are done through the lens of a Just and Ecological Recovery.  Last year the Dáil declared a biodiversity and climate emergency because of the very poor status of much of Ireland’s biodiversity and its increasing emissions, …

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Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy an “important first step”

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Ireland’s leading environmental coalition welcomed the publication of the Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy today and has called it an “important first step” in ensuring cross-sector waste reduction.  The Environmental Pillar is pleased to see key commitments that we have advocated for in relation to waste management, including the reduction of food waste, the introduction of …

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Minister Hackett’s consultation for Forestry must be reconsidered

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14 August 2020  IMMEDIATE RELEASE  The consultation process initiated to restrict appeals for forestry decisions must be reconsidered along with the Minister’s priorities to address issues in the forestry system. This is the call from Ireland’s leading environmental coalition, The Environmental Pillar, who have written to the Minister of State for Land Use and Biodiversity, Pippa Hackett of the Green …

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Environmental Pillar response to the published Programme for Government.

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During the General Election, the Environmental Pillar, a leading environmental coalition of 32 members, published a 10-point blueprint for all parties to show they are serious about turning the tide on climate action and reversing the worrying trend of biodiversity loss in Ireland [1]. We are pleased to see some key critical policy developments that we have advocated for included …

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Environmental coalition welcomes inclusion of Green New Deal, Climate and Biodiversity in Framework for Government: There Can Be No Return to Business as Usual

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For Immediate Release The Environmental Pillar, a coalition of over 30 national environmental groups, welcomes the prioritisation of the Green New Deal, together with action on climate and biodiversity in the Framework for Government document published by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil on 14 April 2020. A just and fair recovery, which puts communities, nature and climate at the forefront, …

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Draconian Fine Gael policy would kill access to justice rights

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Immediate Release Fine Gael proposals to limit access to justice rights for citizens and environmental groups to challenge poor planning decisions is out of line with European and international human rights law, the Environmental Pillar warned today. The comments from Ireland’s largest environmental coalition come as the public consultation on the controversial General Scheme for the Housing and Planning and …

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General Election: 10 point blueprint for a climate and nature friendly future

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Immediate Release Ireland leading environmental groups have outlined a 10-point blueprint for election candidates to follow if they are serious about protecting nature and turning the tide on climate in the next Dail. For Election 2020, the Environmental Pillar – a coalition of over 30 national environmental NGOs – is asking candidates to step up and take action to avert …

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Environmentalists raise alarm over access to justice killing legislation

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Government is trying to push through a draconian Bill before next year’s impending election that would kill access to justice rights on environmental issues, warns the Environmental Pillar. The comments from Ireland’s leading environmental coalition come in the wake of the hushed launch on Monday of a very short public consultation over the holiday period on the …

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