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FEASTA Presentation: Before The Wells Run Dry – Richard Douthwaite and Michael Layden

Dec 01, 2003 Comments Off on FEASTA Presentation: Before The Wells Run Dry – Richard Douthwaite and Michael Layden

Date: December 12 2003
Ireland’s economy is heavily dependent on fossil fuels imported fromelsewhere. With a peak in production of oil and gas predicted in the coming decades, and the need to tackle the issue of climate change becoming more apparent, Ireland needs to quickly move towards renewable energy. That raises two big questions: how, and how fast, can that be done? This presentation by Richard Douthwaite and Michael Layden from FEASTA explored Ireland’s transition to renewable energy.…

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Submission on Rural Housing To the Oireachtas Committee on Environment and Local Government

Nov 06, 2003 Comments Off on Submission on Rural Housing To the Oireachtas Committee on Environment and Local Government

6th Nov 2003 , Emer O’Siochru

This submission makes a case for promoting small compact housing settlements rather than dispersed housing. It examines precedents for this development model in Ireland, arguing that most Irish villages and towns came into existence as a result of conscious planning. It suggests that the tax system be used to influence decisions about housing construction in favour of compact settlements, and that a ‘Participatory Budget’ system be introduced, following the example of Sao Paulo in Barzil, with the County Development Boards playing a strong role.

The full version can be downloaded as a PDF file

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2003 Feasta Annual Lecture: Designing a Truly Democratic Economy – Marjorie Kelly

Nov 01, 2003 Comments Off on 2003 Feasta Annual Lecture: Designing a Truly Democratic Economy – Marjorie Kelly

Date: 3-4 November 2003
Venue: Dublin and Belfast
Kelly, a US ethical business advocate, spoke on how the rights of shareholders in contemporary companies are similar in many respects to those enjoyed by the aristocracy of feudal regimes. Kelly is the author of Divine Right of Capital – Dethroning the Corporate Aristocracy and the editor/co-founder of Business Ethics, a US publication on corporate social responsibility.…

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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.

Themes
Speakers
About the Organisers
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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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