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Notes for the UK Sustainable Development Commission, re Redefining Prosperity

Oct 27, 2003 Comments Off on Notes for the UK Sustainable Development Commission, re Redefining Prosperity

By John Jopling for Feasta, October 2003

This submission argues that the Sustainable Development Commission has thus far tended to emphasise symptoms of global problems rather than their root causes. In particular, it argues that the SDC should consider the role played by the global financial system in the world economy, and the link between debt-based money and the pressure on economies to expand indefinitely.

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Land: The Claim of the Community: October 2003 conference

Oct 01, 2003 Comments Off on Land: The Claim of the Community: October 2003 conference

An international conference to explore initiatives in affordable housing, infrastructure provision and local government finance.

9th and 10th October 2003

This event was extremely timely: all levels of Irish government and society are beginning to address the core issues of land ownership, review initiatives abroad and suggest workable mechanisms to deliver social cohesion and sustainable development in Ireland.

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Themes

The problem in Ireland
Symptoms and causes. The unsustainable costs of home ownership. Homelessness and the pressures on tenants in the private rented sector. Difficulties of acquiring land for social housing. The rural …

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Lecture: “Building a Sustainable Economy with Renewable Energy” – Dr Hermann Scheer

Oct 01, 2003 Comments Off on Lecture: “Building a Sustainable Economy with Renewable Energy” – Dr Hermann Scheer

Date: October 23 2003
Venue: Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street, Dublin 1

On October the 23rd 2003 Dr. Hermann Scheer launched FEASTA’s publication ‘Before The Wells Run Dry – Ireland’s Transition to Renewable Energy’. The book, which is edited by economist Richard Douthwaite, is the proceedings of the successful conference held in Thurles in late 2002 and features the transcripts of the presentations made by the speakers.

Dr. Hermann Scheer is a member of the German Bundestag (Parliament) and President of EUROSOLAR. In a career devoted to the replacement of nuclear and fossil fuels with environmentally sound energy …

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Submission to the All Party Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution Concerning Property Rights

Jun 12, 2003 Comments Off on Submission to the All Party Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution Concerning Property Rights


12th June 2003

This is a submission from Feasta, the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability on the issues of property rights within the Irish constitution.

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Executive Summary


Introduction


Change to the Constitution re property rights is not legally necessary for social equity and sustainability. All the powers required reside in the current provisions — if broadly interpreted and fully and fairly utilised. A debate to reinforce important principles and dispel misunderstanding is more necessary that an amendment.


1. Sustainability is an important element of the ‘common good’.


An amendment to …

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Oil, Currency and the War in Iraq

Feb 08, 2003 Comments Off on Oil, Currency and the War in Iraq
It will not come as news to anyone that the US dominates the world economically and militarily. But the exact mechanisms by which American hegemony has been established and maintained are perhaps less well understood than they might be.
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Feasta’s submission in November 2002 to Mr. Dermot Ahern, T.D, Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources towards a new ‘Statement of Strategy for Energy and Transport’

Nov 02, 2002 Comments Off on Feasta’s submission in November 2002 to Mr. Dermot Ahern, T.D, Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources towards a new ‘Statement of Strategy for Energy and Transport’

In a year where the ESB has been rightfully honoured for the Ardnacrusha scheme, which is deemed a milestone in engineering history it is very important that we match the vision of our founding fathers at the beginning of our state. Currently we appear to be following a generic energy policy which could with perhaps the exception of the peat stations be identical to any other developed country. It has nothing to do with Ireland and copies the policies of countries with large existing fossil fuel industries. Ireland is among the few developed countries which are still building its infrastructure …

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Ireland’s Transition to Renewable Energy: October 2002 conference

Oct 01, 2002 Comments Off on Ireland’s Transition to Renewable Energy: October 2002 conference

Date: October 30 to November 2 2002
Venue: Tipperary Institute, Thurles, Co Tipperary
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2002 Feasta Annual Lecture: People First – Justice in a Global Economy – Stan Thekaekara

Oct 01, 2002 Comments Off on 2002 Feasta Annual Lecture: People First – Justice in a Global Economy – Stan Thekaekara

Feasta Lecture 2002 “PEOPLE FIRST – Justice in a Global Economy” – Stan Thekaekara
Date: October 8-10 2002
Venue: Dublin, Galway and Cork
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So that was Johannesburg, Now what?: September 2002 conference

Sep 01, 2002 Comments Off on So that was Johannesburg, Now what?: September 2002 conference

Date: 21 September 2002
Venue: Dublin

Following the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Earth Summit) in Johannesburg, Feasta held a one day conference to examine the summit and to hear reports from Irish NGO participants.

The conference included a presentation by Brian O’Riordan from the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers on The Crisis in World and European Fish Stocks: Consequences for the Fishing Sectors and Local Livelihoods in West Africa.…

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Frank Rotering: An Economics for Humanity

Feb 08, 2002 Comments Off on Frank Rotering: An Economics for Humanity
Frank Rotering is a 54-year-old Canadian who lives near Vancouver and writes on economic issues. In this introduction he outlines his developing interest in economics and his attempt to formulate an economic theory for those concerned about humanity and nature.
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The First Feasta Review

Dec 11, 2001 Comments Off on The First Feasta Review

The Feasta ReviewRead this book online in its entirety

The Feasta Review was the first publication from the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability.

The Review gathers together many of the ideas that had been circulating among people associated with Feasta. For example, it carries the full texts and the graphics of the 1999 Feasta lecture by the heretic ex-World Bank economist, Herman Daly and the 2000 lecture by David Korten, author of 'When Corporations Rule The World'. Papers by other people who have spoken at Feasta meetings are included too.

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Seminar: ‘Strengthening the role of the Irish Higher Education community in support of sustainable development’

Nov 01, 2001 Comments Off on Seminar: ‘Strengthening the role of the Irish Higher Education community in support of sustainable development’


Date: 28 November 2001
Venue: The Development Studies Centre, Kimmage Manor, Dublin

A one day seminar presented by FEASTA, the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability,
Tipperary Institute and The Development Studies Centre, Kimmage Manor

Wednesday 28th November 2001, 09.30 to 15.30 at the Tipperary Institute, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Workshops and Speakers included:
Richard Douthwaite, author of The Growth Illusion and Short Circuit: Strengthening Local Economies in an Unstable World.

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Introduction
Earlier in 2001, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC) issued a set of guidelines for course providers about contributing to the …

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2001 Feasta Annual Lecture: The Lean Economy: a Vision of Civility for a World in Trouble – David Fleming

Sep 01, 2001 Comments Off on 2001 Feasta Annual Lecture: The Lean Economy: a Vision of Civility for a World in Trouble – David Fleming

Date: 30-31 October 2001
Venue: WWT, Castle Espie
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