Feasta climate group weekend, 31st October – 3 November 2014

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Here’s a list of proposed topics for this year’s climate group weekend, which is to be held in Kilkenny and will have an overall theme of ‘climate ethics’. We are unlikely to cover all the topics below – these are just some headlines that we can use to refine our discussions over the weekend. Documents will be provided through a dropbox folder to be set up over the next few days.

If you are interested in attending, please contact us at info@feasta.org.

1. Overview of current negotiations at UNFCCC

• let’s set the political context for our discussion

• what happens if COP20-21 fails to come up with a new agreement?

• Is there a realistic plan B or even plan C?

• If governments fail to agree, what can other bodies such as NGOs do, or nations by themselves?

2. Current scenarios for global and regional climate change from AR5

• putting mitigation AND adaptation costs in a regional geopolitical context

• energy scenarios, peak oil and global trends medium-term trends

• how is the public and political debate responding to the latest science?

3. Climate Justice

• The challenge of agreeing on globally fair mechanisms to distribute emission rights, of which Cap and Share is still one option

• How to distribute a “shrinking” cake fairly – is it realistic that a distribution system will be fair from the outset?

• How would a commons approach work? How could it be implemented?

4. Energy and economic uncertainties and risks

• what are the emerging trends.. peak oil.. fracking.. oil price instability… resource conflicts… food prices… uncertainties over the economic costs and impacts of strong emissions reduction policies…

• Can renewables realistically bridge the gaps?

• What kind of shocks do we need to prepare for?

• public engagement and stealth denial


5. Towards a work plan for Feasta Climate Group

• Conference in 2015?

• Research/ publication

• Climate working group re-activation
– Buget

News, Seminars, Workshops

About the author

Caroline Whyte has been involved with Feasta since 2002. She studied ecological economics at Mälardalen University in Sweden, writing a masters thesis on the relationship between central banking and sustainability. She contributed to Feasta's books Fleeing Vesuvius and Sharing for Survival. Along with four other Feasta climate group members she helped to launch the CapGlobalCarbon initative at the COP-21 summit in Paris in December 2015. In February 2017 she participated in the World Basic Income conference in Manchester, discussing the potential for climate action to contribute to reducing poverty and inequality worldwide. She lives in central France, from where she edits the Feasta website.

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