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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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Feasta submission to the Citizens’ Assembly on climate

Aug 11, 2017 2 Comments
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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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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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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An American in Post-Paris: Persisting for climate justice and basic income

Jun 15, 2017 Comments Off on An American in Post-Paris: Persisting for climate justice and basic income
We invite you to a talk and discussion with Mike Sandler, an American climate campaigner on the prospects for environmental and economic justice in 2017. This discussion will be at the Carmelite Community Centre in Dublin 2, 6pm- 7:30pm 27th June 2017. Cost €5, free for Feasta Members
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Public meeting: the Water Protectors, June 26th at 8pm

Jun 14, 2017 Comments Off on Public meeting: the Water Protectors, June 26th at 8pm
Speakers at this meeting at the Teacher's Club in Parnell Square, Dublin will include Chas Jewett, Standing Rock Water Protector & Cheyenne River Sioux. It's organised by Afri, Comhlámh, Feasta and Friends of the Earth.
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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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A thinkery on water, anti-privatisation struggles and the commons

Jun 12, 2017 Comments Off on A thinkery on water, anti-privatisation struggles and the commons
Feasta's Water Commons group, along with Orla O'Donovan and Patrick Bresnihan, are organising this event at University College Cork on June 23. Speakers will include Standing Rock Water Protector Chas Jewitt, Miriam Planas of Aigua és Vida (Barcelona) and the European Water Movement, and Marco Iob, of the Italian Forum of Water Movements and European Water Movement.
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Economics as priesthood – a religion based on assumptions

May 22, 2017 Comments Off on Economics as priesthood – a religion based on assumptions
Some of the ridiculous assumptions on which much of mainstream economics is constructed are explored in this chapter of Credo, by Brian Davey – for example the methodology that stresses individual decision-making, the assumption that decision-makers have the information that they need, the assumption of honesty, the default assumption of competition.
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