An Taisce, Feasta, the Green Foundation Ireland and Cultivate are co-ordinating this conference in Cloughjordan which will explore how best to encourage more public participation in climate action, sustainability and environmental protection, while improving citizen engagement in local community initiatives.
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.
Basic Income Ireland's Annual Forum, entitled 'Work: What’s Basic Income Got To Do With It?’, will take place at the Carmelite Centre in Dublin on September 16. Meanwhile on October 7, in Derry, there will be a discussion on 'A Basic Income - A Future with Dignity'.
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.
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.
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.