Five Degrees of Change

‘The cleanest unit of energy is the one you don’t use’ – Oisín Coghlan, Friends of the Earth

Oisín Coghlan, director of Friends of the Earth, believes that to meet our climate action targets we must make radical changes in agriculture, harness the power of primary schools, and ‘destroy energy demand’

Oisín Coghlan, director of Friends of the Earth: ‘Being a campaigner, you have to be hopeful about the potential for change in the political system.’ Picture: Maura Hickey

Despite heading Friends of the Earth Ireland for more than 15 years, Oisín Coghlan didn’t start his career as an environmental campaigner.

“As a teenager I was more motivated by social justice, both in terms of Ireland and from the global perspective. That is what led me into my initial work in overseas aid and human rights. It wasn’t until I joined Friends of the Earth that I combined that interest in social justice with the issue of environmentalism,” he told the Business Post.