The tyranny of enlightenment

Sep 18, 2017 1 Comment by
"My new tale to call us back (and then forward) is no less than a journey to reclaim the soul – that is personally and communally as a culture. It is not how to steer clear of the iceberg, but how to return our tickets and disembark," writes Patrick Noble.
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Submission on the Irish bioeconomy

Sep 15, 2017 No Comments by
This submission to an interdepartmental group in the Irish government argues that much greater emphasis needs to be placed on maintenance, stability and resilience when developing policy on the bioeconomy. It also describes some programmes and changes to the tax system that we believe could help with this.
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Submission on the River Basin Management Plan

Sep 01, 2017 No Comments by
We propose that the Irish government incorporate tree-planting and soil-building measures into the next round of water framework directive works, in order to shift the focus from Irish agriculture as a net environmental problem to Irish agriculture as a world leader in ecologically sustainable methodologies and practices.
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The climate crisis as seen by the economics mainstream

Aug 25, 2017 No Comments by
This article from 2014 by Brian Davey - part of his book Credo - critiques the ways in which economists generally try to calculate the costs associated with action on climate change. Unfortunately, it is still relevant now.
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CapGlobalCarbon submission to the Citizens’ Assembly on climate

Aug 13, 2017 Comments Off on CapGlobalCarbon submission to the Citizens’ Assembly on climate by
In this proposal, Ireland would form a bilateral partnership with a Global South country in order to eliminate fossil fuel emissions, support the energy transition and work towards climate justice. It would be relatively straightforward to implement and would establish Ireland as forward-looking, global-minded and fundamentally ethical in its approach to climate stabilisation.
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Feasta submission to the Citizens’ Assembly on climate

Aug 11, 2017 2 Comments by
Instead of playing catch-up to other EU countries as is currently the case, we believe Ireland could leapfrog them and establish itself as a visionary leader by taking a global view of the climate challenge and incorporating action on climate with substantive action on inequality and poverty, significant improvements to the quality and freshness of food, and greater overall prosperity and stability in Ireland and elsewhere.
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Stability and sharing: basic income in history

Aug 02, 2017 1 Comment by
Who knows how many people all over the world could make significant contributions to humanity if there was a basic income? A little financial stability could make an enormous difference, as we can see if we take a look at some examples from the past. By Caroline Whyte.
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Mismodelling human beings – “rational economic men” in love, politics and everyday life

Jul 22, 2017 Comments Off on Mismodelling human beings – “rational economic men” in love, politics and everyday life
As the example of Britain after World War II shows, values shift according to social, economic and political conditions. This alone makes nonsense of the assumptions about human nature on which mainstream economics is based. By Brian Davey, from Credo.
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King Donald and his Court

Jul 12, 2017 Comments Off on King Donald and his Court
Brian Davey argues that Trump's administration is a symptom of a crisis in US democratic institutions and US society, arising from over-complexity. This administration has made clever use of both old and new forms of media to galvanise support. Resistance needs to start on a local level.
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Negative Emissions Technologies: Curse or Salvation?

Jul 08, 2017 Comments Off on Negative Emissions Technologies: Curse or Salvation?
Barry McMullin, who prepared this presentation, is involved an Dublin City University-based project that examines the potential for Negative Emissions Technologies in Ireland. He warns us to beware of "magical thinking".
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Biomass is a Common

Jul 03, 2017 Comments Off on Biomass is a Common
In this excerpt from his book Towards a Convivial Economy, Patrick Noble critiques the widespread assumption that carbon sequestration is a virtue: "the central consideration for atmospheric carbon dioxide projections is not the mass of carbon. It is the mass of life."
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Using energy to extract energy – the dynamics of depletion

Jun 21, 2017 Comments Off on Using energy to extract energy – the dynamics of depletion
"Transferring resources out of the luxury consumption of the rich is a necessary part of the process of finding the wherewithal for energy conservation work and for developing renewable energy resources," writes Brian Davey in a chapter from Credo that was written in 2014 but is still relevant now.
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End the Burning – Begin the Growing

Jun 14, 2017 Comments Off on End the Burning – Begin the Growing
Patrick Noble writes "Biofuels are a part of a fossil-fuelled hubris that cannot see why its extraordinary way of life must end. It turns blindly from burning one thing to wildly burning another. We’ve powered a way of life by combustion. It is the combustion (internal and external) which must end."
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