Brian Davey questions the wisdom of commodifying nature in order to try and address environmental damage, and argues for a more democratic, commons-based approach.
Patrick Noble describes the "world of unspoken commons" he experienced in 1970s Wales when he was establishing himself as a farmer there, "untouched by NGO, government, corporation, or bank", and observes that "cultures are not what we have, or have achieved. They are what we do."
While agreeing with Oil Change International's arguments concerning the unfeasibility of natural gas as a 'bridge' in the energy transition, Brian Davey is concerned about their apparent ignorance of the scarcity of resources required for generating and storing renewable energy, and their (related) failure to mention any need for degrowth in the transition to renewables.
Our 2019 gathering, which was organised in collaboration with Afri and Teacht Aniar and was part of the National Biodiversity Week, included discussion of food sovereignty, multilingualism and transformational change.
Should there be a presumption against new development? asks Brian Davey
"Modern historians have for the most part removed the ancient Near East from the mainstream of history. Modern economic systems have sanctified the payment of debt, but this is not some natural or God-given rule, rather a situation designed by financial elites," writes Anne Ryan.