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The Anne Behan Community Sustainability Award

Jul 22, 2009 Comments Off on The Anne Behan Community Sustainability Award by

For Transition Initiatives on the island of Ireland

‘Sustainability is a concept more than a strict code. It refers to responsible and ethical methods of practice in economic, social and environmental management. In many ways sustainability refers to new methods of old practices. It is often misinterpreted as relating solely to the environment, but in practice, it is an integrated approach to all aspects of life – economic, social, environmental and cultural.’

Anne Behan, 1959-2004

The Anne Behan Community Sustainability Award for Transition Initiatives will be presented every year by Feasta, the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability, to the …

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Democracy for an Ecological Age

Jul 20, 2009 Comments Off on Democracy for an Ecological Age by

by Mark Garavan

This paper adopts a solution-based approach to the challenge of imagining a new democratic model for Ireland. It proposes a form of governance based on existing institutional and legal possibilities.…

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Submission to the Irish Commission on Taxation

May 21, 2008 Comments Off on Submission to the Irish Commission on Taxation by

This submission covers a range of topics related to taxation. It includes an outline of the reasoning behind Feasta’s advocacy of a shift from taxes on work to taxes on rent (such as a land value tax) and the need for a quota system to control carbon emissions.

This submission can be downloaded as a PDF Version.…

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Sustainable Residential Developments in Urban Areas

May 09, 2008 Comments Off on Sustainable Residential Developments in Urban Areas by

Response to Irish Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government Consultation Call Feb 2008:

by Emer Ó Siochrú

In general, we welcome these Guidelines and Urban Design Manual as they comprise a good outline of current best practice, an improvement on the current situation. But we fear that the Guidelines are too late; they address an economic reality that is rapidly changing; they largely ignore pressures in rural areas and they are not ambitious enough to properly address the energy, climate and social challenges currently facing Ireland.

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Submission to the Irish Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government on their guidelines for Carbon Cycles and Sinks

Apr 24, 2008 Comments Off on Submission to the Irish Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government on their guidelines for Carbon Cycles and Sinks by

Feasta made this submission in collaboration with CELT (Centre for Environmental Living and Training). It explains the reasoning behind using carbon sinks as a way to mitigate climate change and suggests ways to incorporate the use of sinks into existing agricultural practice in Ireland.

The full submission can be downloaded as a PDF Version

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Members-only Seminar: Danny Day, founder and president of EPRIDA, on Creating a Virtuous Circle

Jul 27, 2007 Comments Off on Members-only Seminar: Danny Day, founder and president of EPRIDA, on Creating a Virtuous Circle by

How new biotechnologies can increase crop yields, extract a wide range of fuels, foods, chemicals and materials from the plants themselves and sequester perhaps a third of their carbon in the soil.

13.45 for 14.00, Friday, 27th July, 2007
at the Teagasc Ashtown Food Research Centre

In association with the University of Georgia, Eprida has developed a method of producing biofuels and valuable coproducts which also allows greenhouse gases to be removed from the air and sequestered in the soil. See www.eprida.com. There is no charge for the seminar but to enable detailed discussions to take place afterwards, attendance

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Irish Doctors’ Environmental Association AGM and Public Meeting 2007

Feb 23, 2007 Comments Off on Irish Doctors’ Environmental Association AGM and Public Meeting 2007 by

The programme for a day-long conference held by IDEA on February 23 2009.

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Money, Democracy and Human Rights

Nov 26, 2006 Comments Off on Money, Democracy and Human Rights

Caroline Whyte
Date: November 23, 2006
Venue: Malmö Högskola, Malmö, Sweden
This seminar was part of the Swedish Human Rights Forum (MR-Dagarna), a two-day event which takes place every year at a different venue in Sweden. More information can be found on the forum website at www.mrdagarna.se.…

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From Recession to Renewables

Nov 09, 2006 Comments Off on From Recession to Renewables

by Richard Douthwaite

The notion that curbing CO2 emissions would damage economic growth has been used as an excuse from developed countries such as the USA not to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy. However, the people of Austrian town Güssing are discovering firsthand that this couldn’t be further from the truth.

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Joined Up Thinking and Sustainability

Sep 22, 2006 Comments Off on Joined Up Thinking and Sustainability

Two Feasta Courses

The Cultivate Centre for Sustainable Living and Learning hosted two FEASTA courses in autumn 2006. Cultivate is located in Temple Bar (address below) and bookings can be made at Cultivate 01 6745773

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Submission re Draft Guidelines for Development Plans

Jul 09, 2006 Comments Off on Submission re Draft Guidelines for Development Plans

This was submitted by Feasta to the Irish Department of the Environment in response to its recent consultation call with regard to Development Plans.

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FEASTA course in Belfast

Feb 21, 2005 Comments Off on FEASTA course in Belfast

Hosted at the Gibson Institute for Land, Food and Environment, School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast

This was a course designed to explore the root causes of unsustainability: how our society and economy fails to think about and plan for its own long-term health and survival. The course fostered joined-up thinking in considering how to tackle the problems and frame potential solutions.

For instance, what is the link between global climate change, genetically modified foods and rising fuel prices?

The 10 sessions used Feasta’s ‘Community Learning Toolkit’, a CD ROM containing readings, videos and audio recordings that enable a …

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Community Learning Toolkit

Feb 09, 2005 Comments Off on Community Learning Toolkit

Feasta’s learning ‘toolkit’, an exploration into the root causes of unsustainability and potential solutions, was presented in a 10 week course starting in the Cultivate Centre on Tuesday the 22nd of February. Richard Douthwaite wrote the study guide for the resource which was designed to focus the learners’ thoughts and Cultivate’s Davie Philip facilitated the 10 evenings.

FEASTA’s ‘toolkit’ is being used by other local groups and circles of friends around the country. The ‘toolkit’ contains books, readings, videos and audio recordings designed to provide the materials to enable a group of learners to explore the issues further. If you …

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