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Submit your environment-related questions to your local MEP candidate

Written by Tricia Purcell | View this authors Twitter page and posted in news

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Young Friends of the Earth Ireland are encouraging people to get involved in environmental issues and contact their local European election canidates to get in the debate. The organisation, which is voluntarily run by young people from the ages of 18-30, campaign around issues such as fracking, climate change, and standing up against the lobbying of government by banks and big business. 

In the run up to this May's European elections, the Young Friends of the Earth Ireland along with Politics for People are trying to get candidates to sign a pledge saying: “I will stand-up [defend] for citizens and democracy against excessive lobbying influence of banks and big business”.

They are also asking young people to engange in the debate around environmental issues and contact their candidates. They have toolkits for voters in the Southern, Dublin and Midlands NW regions. Through consultation with college students, they YFoE have come up with seven different topics that you can contact your representatives about: 

  • Emissions commitment
  • Potential for renewable energy feed-in tariff to be phased out
  • Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP)
  • Biofuels
  • Slackening of EU fracking regulations
  • Genetically Modified foods
  • Biodiversity

The packs include information on how to contact candidates as well as background details on each. The campaign will also see discussions being held in each region with dates to be confirmed. 

Find out more about Young Friends of the Earth and their campaign. 

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Published April 23rd, 2014
Last updated October 28th, 2015
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