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Low External Input Agriculture: the only road to a sustainable food supply – April 28th

Apr 08, 2011 Comments Off on Low External Input Agriculture: the only road to a sustainable food supply – April 28th
Two public lectures hosted by the Carbon Cycles and Sinks Network and Gorta. The first lecture, "Organic farming's role in improving food security and combatting climate change", features Gundala Azeez as the speaker. The second, "Biochar's role in increasing fertility and reducing fertiliser use", will be presented by Dr. Witold Kwapinski and David Friese-Greene.
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What organic and low-input has to offer growers, their customers and the planet – April 30th

Apr 08, 2011 Comments Off on What organic and low-input has to offer growers, their customers and the planet – April 30th
Public meeting which has been planned to suit people who are already farming organically or who are thinking of doing so. Featuring Gundula Azeez, a former policy adviser to the Soil Association, Martin Peck, who raises sheep organically in Wales, and Joe Condon, who raises cattle organically in South Tipperary, selling the beef direct to the public.
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A three-step emergency plan for Ireland

Apr 07, 2011 Comments Off on A three-step emergency plan for Ireland
A three-step emergency plan for Ireland

by Richard Douthwaite, from Fleeing Vesuvius. This plan for bringing Ireland out of its current financial crisis brings together many of the ideas described in the book. It suggests two ways of introducing debt-free money into the economy. It then explains how the financial system could be restructured by means of new banking regulation and the use of equity partnerships, and finally it advocates a move towards energy independence in Ireland.

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The economy – is stupid!

Apr 07, 2011 Comments Off on The economy – is stupid!
by Lothar Luken. Just had a crash, wrote off two cars. Now where's my medal for stimulating the economy? Two replacement cars have been bought; one driver seen by a doctor; an assessor coming to inspect the wreckage; state keeps motor tax for the old cars; insurance (UK-based!) pays scrapper for wreck crushing. Nice stimulus package - according to official theory.
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The Transition Towns Movement; its huge significance, and a friendly criticism

Apr 06, 2011 Comments Off on The Transition Towns Movement; its huge significance, and a friendly criticism
by Ted Trainer. The only way the alarming global sustainability and justice problems can be solved is via a Transition Towns movement of some kind. At present the rapidly growing movement is inspiring, but there is an urgent need for critical thought about vision, goals, and means. There is a serious risk that without this it will not make a significant contribution to solving our problems.
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Preface to Fleeing Vesuvius by Eamon Ryan (Irish edition)

Apr 05, 2011 Comments Off on Preface to Fleeing Vesuvius by Eamon Ryan (Irish edition)
Preface by Eamon Ryan (Irish edition)Managing a retreat is the most difficult of all political tasks. It is always easier to offer something new rather than to try to take back an existing benefit. But when it comes to our use of fossil fuels, which have provided huge benefits to our society, it is now time for an organised retreat. We need to retreat because the emissions from burning coal and gas threaten the climate system upon which our lives depend. We also need to do so because we face a peak in global oil production and we have to start changing our food and transport systems to cope with the decline in oil supplies that will follow.
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Introduction to Fleeing Vesuvius: Where we went wrong

Apr 05, 2011 Comments Off on Introduction to Fleeing Vesuvius: Where we went wrong
Introduction: Where we went wrongby Richard Douthwaite This book grew out of a conference in 2009 called the New Emergency. What emergency was that? Most people didn't think that there was an emergency then and they don't think there is one now.They know that the world is facing a lot of problems at present but they probably would not elevate any of them even to the status of a crisis, still less an emergency. The world has always had problems, they think, and it always will. Very few of them think that there's anything going on at present that requires Ireland to mobilise all its resources in the way that it did in response to the old Emergency, the Second World War. However, once you recognise that most of the worst problems the world faces have a common cause and that time is running out to solve them, you have an emergency. That's my position.
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Shale Gas – Bonanza or Hype?

Mar 16, 2011 4 Comments
by Brian Davey. In recent months there have been a lot of very rosy news items about so called "unconventional gas" as a "game changing" new feature of world energy markets. It's bonanza time... Maybe....however, before going further, its useful to think about what happens in a gold rush. Very few of those out prospecting get rich. But people who sell wagons, equipment and the banks do. The problem is that when it comes to any news from the hydrocarbons market one should never take things at face value...
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David Fleming 1940-2010

Dec 01, 2010 Comments Off on David Fleming 1940-2010

by Davie Philip

Photo of David FlemingDavid Fleming died peacefully in his sleep on the night of November 28th 2010. He was an influential figure in the green movement. He was prominent in the development of the UK Ecology party in the 70s which went on to become the Green Party, he was the Chairman of the Soil Association in the 80s and for the last fifteen years of his life he wrote and lectured on sustainability with an emphasis on localisation.

I first met David while organising the FEASTA annual lecture in Dublin in 2001 and he became a close friend and …

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Fleeing Vesuvius

Nov 20, 2010 Comments Off on Fleeing Vesuvius

Feasta’s book Fleeing Vesuvius: Overcoming the Risks of Economic and Environmental Collapse draws together many of the ideas our members have developed over the years and applies them to a single question – how can we bring the world out of the mess in which it finds itself?

The book confronts this mess squarely, analysing its many aspects: the looming scarcity of essential resources such as fossil fuels – the lifeblood of the world economy; the financial crisis in Ireland and elsewhere; the collapse of the housing bubble; the urgent need for food security; and the enormous challenge of dealing …

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Contents of Fleeing Vesuvius

Nov 19, 2010 Comments Off on Contents of Fleeing Vesuvius
This includes a brief summary of each article in the book.
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Tipping Point: Near-Term Systemic Implications of a Peak in Global Oil Production – An Outline Review

Mar 15, 2010 3 Comments

The report Tipping Point: Near-Term Systemic Implications of a Peak in Global Oil Production, by David Korowicz of Feasta and the Risk/Resilience Network, is now available for download. The report argues that the defining dynamic of our civilisation is the withdrawal of energy from a complex and integrated system adapted only to growing. A managed “de-growth” is impossible; what is required is rapid emergency planning coupled with a plan for longer-term adaptation. …

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Comhar report on Cap and Share

Dec 07, 2008 Comments Off on Comhar report on Cap and Share


A Study in Personal Carbon Allocation: Cap and Share
7 December 2008 (PDF document, 1.3 MB)

This report was published by Comhar, the Irish Sustainable Development Council. It was launched by the Minister of the Environment, and contains two detailed studies about Cap and Share by AEA Energy & Environment and Cambridge Econometrics. …

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