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Food for Thought/Lón Intinne, 18th May 2018, County Mayo

Mar 15, 2018 No Comments by
Against the backdrop of Afri’s Famine Walk on Saturday 19th, this innovative event is intended to explore today’s challenges both in Ireland and globally, in conversation and through culture using the Great Hunger and Richard’s legacy as backdrops, including solidarity with the global social justice movement, the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, climate action and food sovereignty. A strand in Irish exploring ecological parallels in culture and language will be facilitated by Teacht Aniar.
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The Catalan Integral Cooperative … The Simpler Way revolution is well underway!

Feb 28, 2018 No Comments by
Ted Trainer describes the rapidly growing cooperative movement in Catalonia: "In a world where capital, profit and market forces dump large numbers into “exclusion” and poverty, and governments will not deal properly with the resulting problems, these people have decided to do the job themselves."
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Feasta annual report 2017

Feb 20, 2018 No Comments by
You can now download our latest Annual Report, which contains a summary of our activities in 2017, including a Water Commons thinkery, our latest climate and currency group initiatives, a conference on citizen engagement, collaborations with Basic Income groups, and photos from our Biodiversity Week competition.
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Ethical disconnection and re-connection – corporations as “people” and NGOs

Jan 16, 2018 No Comments by
In this chapter of Credo, Brian Davey describes the mechanisms that allow corporate actors to distance themselves from responsibility from their anti-social and anti-environmental choices – for example the role of corporate personhood and evasions of regulation, taxation and control. NGOs and Civil Society Organisations have evolved to counter unethical corporate choices. Unfortunately they are often co-opted and neutralised.
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Feasta submission to the Irish National Planning Framework for 2040

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We welcome the Plan’s emphasis on revitalising brownfield and other disused urban sites, on regional development, and on strengthening public transport and bicycle infrastructure. We would urge that more emphasis be placed on the economics of energy - specificially, the easing of pressure on the transport sector - and on the need to democratise infrastructure.
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Ireland’s first climate lawsuit is potentially a historic turning point

Oct 24, 2017 2 Comments by
Feasta climate group members warmly welcome the news that Friends of the Irish Environment has launched a legal action campaign against the Irish government’s failure to take the required action to avert dangerous climate change. We hope this will lead to substantive action by the government.
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Significant discrepancies between Irish peoples’ overall well-being and Irish GDP levels during the period 2000-2014, according to new study published by Feasta and FEST

Oct 18, 2017 4 Comments by
A newly-developed National Well-being Index finds that well-being in Ireland flatlined and even diminished slightly during peak GDP years 2001-2004. The index takes housework, voluntary work, healthcare, education and environmental damage into account.
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The tyranny of enlightenment

Sep 18, 2017 1 Comment
"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 Comments Off on Submission on the Irish bioeconomy
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 Comments Off on Submission on the River Basin Management Plan
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 Comments Off on The climate crisis as seen by the economics mainstream
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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Two events about basic income, Sept 16 and Oct 7

Aug 21, 2017 Comments Off on Two events about basic income, Sept 16 and Oct 7
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'.
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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
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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