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Allan Savory: How to green the world’s deserts and reverse climate change

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In 2009, Allan Savory of the Savory Institute was invited to Dublin to give the Feasta Annual Lecture. His work on transforming the way livestock is managed in order to reverse degradation of arid landscapes was seen as an essential tool in reversing climate change and desertification, and was included in the work of the Carbon Cycles and Sinks Network. The recording of his fascinating full presentation was put online, as well as a few extracts, in which he explains the details of the Holistic Management system.
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2010 Feasta Climate Group Meeting

Feb 12, 2010 Comments Off on 2010 Feasta Climate Group Meeting by

The annual Climate Group meeting was held near the Findhorn Community in Scotland. We started with our usual public meeting on the evening of Thursday 25th February and broke up at lunchtime on Sunday, February 28th, in time for most people to travel home and be at work the following day. We had sole use of Newbold House, which was built as a hotel and is now a retreat centre, during our stay. See www.newboldhouse.org.…

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On the Precipice – David Korowicz

Nov 29, 2009 Comments Off on On the Precipice – David Korowicz by

Date and Time: Sunday 29th November at 2pm
Venue: The Collective Gallery, Cockburn St, Edinburgh, Scotland (part of the Bank of Reason event)

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The transition to low carbon: policy frameworks and community action

Nov 20, 2009 Comments Off on The transition to low carbon: policy frameworks and community action by

Date and Time: 20-21 November 2009
Venue: Discovery Centre, Winchester, UK
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Costing Carbon: Just a Tax or a New Economic Order?

Nov 19, 2009 Comments Off on Costing Carbon: Just a Tax or a New Economic Order? by

Seminar organised by Cultivate and Dublin Friends of the Earth.
Date and Time: 1 pm, November 19th, 2009
Venue: The Greenhouse (the old ENFO), Andrews Street, Dublin 2…

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2009 Feasta Annual Lecture: Keeping Cattle: cause or cure for climate crisis? – Allan Savory

Nov 07, 2009 Comments Off on 2009 Feasta Annual Lecture: Keeping Cattle: cause or cure for climate crisis? – Allan Savory by
View a 10-minute extract from Allan Savory's talk which summarizes his ideas about using livestock to improve land.
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Ceiliúradh ’09: Building Sustainable Communities

Oct 28, 2009 Comments Off on Ceiliúradh ’09: Building Sustainable Communities by

Date and Time: 10am Wednesday 28th – 5:30pm Thursday 29th October 2009
Venue: Tipperary Institute, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Presentation by Richard Douthwaite on Local Economy.
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The New Emergency Workshop – Prioritizing Natural Carbon Cycles

Jun 12, 2009 Comments Off on The New Emergency Workshop – Prioritizing Natural Carbon Cycles
Recording of parallel workshop with Corinna Byrne. This video is available to Feasta Members and attendees of the conference only. Please contact website @ feasta.org for access.
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The New Emergency Workshop – Nutrient, Energy and Material Resources

Jun 12, 2009 Comments Off on The New Emergency Workshop – Nutrient, Energy and Material Resources
Recording of parallel workshop with Vicky Heslop and Michael Hayes. This video is available to Feasta Members and attendees of the conference only. Please contact website @ feasta.org for access.
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The New Emergency Workshop – Capturing the Value of the Commons

Jun 12, 2009 Comments Off on The New Emergency Workshop – Capturing the Value of the Commons
Recording of parallel workshop with Dan Sullivan. This video is available to Feasta Members and attendees of the conference only. Please contact website @ feasta.org for access.
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Corinna Byrne – Carbon Cycles and Sinks; refocussing the purpose and use of land

Jun 12, 2009 Comments Off on Corinna Byrne – Carbon Cycles and Sinks; refocussing the purpose and use of land
Corinna Byrne examined the policies needed to get Irish land to absorb CO2 rather than release it. Besides discussing how the large amounts of carbon locked up in peatlands can be safeguarded, she reviewed the role that biochar could play in reducing nitrous oxide and methane emissions and building up the fertility and carbon content of the soil.
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Michael Hayes – Second generation biorefining for sustainable indigenous industries for Ireland.

Jun 12, 2009 Comments Off on Michael Hayes – Second generation biorefining for sustainable indigenous industries for Ireland.
Michael Hayes pointed out that Ireland has more high quality soil per head of population than any other country in the EC, and the rainfall and climate to grow biomass very efficiently. He described how this biomass could be refined into a wide range of valuable products, many of which would replace petrochemicals.
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Dan Sullivan – Capturing the value of the commons: Land Value Tax as a community development tool

Jun 12, 2009 Comments Off on Dan Sullivan – Capturing the value of the commons: Land Value Tax as a community development tool
Dan Sullivan contrasted the experience of Pittsburgh and Cleveland in the present downturn. Cleveland is struggling to stem a complete collapse of its housing market while in Pittsburgh, foreclosure rates are low, home prices are climbing slightly and construction rates are increasing. He attributed the difference to the fact that Pittsburgh has a site value tax and Cleveland does not.
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