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On Recovering the Sacred Income

Oct 10, 2003 Comments Off on On Recovering the Sacred Income

Transcript of a talk given by Fred Harrison, the Director of the Centre for Land Policy Studies in the UK, at the October 2003 conference “Land, the Claim of the Community”.

Briefing on the conference

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Pamphlet on Land Value taxation

Oct 10, 2003 Comments Off on Pamphlet on Land Value taxation

Please click the link below to download a PDF version of a leaflet on Land Value taxation which was prepared for Feasta’s October 2003 Conference Land: The Claim of the Community.

PDF leaflet

Briefing on the conference

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The re-emergence of the land question in Ireland

Oct 10, 2003 Comments Off on The re-emergence of the land question in Ireland

The re-emergence of the land question in Ireland

Prepared by Feasta, the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability, with the Henry George Foundation

This briefing examines the history of the Irish land question and its re-emergence in recent years, as a background to an international conference: Land: The Claim of the Community which was held at the Tara Towers Hotel, Booterstown, Dublin on 9th and 10th October 2003.…

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Local sustainability – the problems, practicalities and possibilities

Oct 22, 2002 Comments Off on Local sustainability – the problems, practicalities and possibilities

Presented by
Anne Behan,
Environmental Consultant

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Any initiative to promote sustainability must relate to people. People must be able to identify with the theory and practical application of sustainability because its success or failure will ultimately depend on the willingness of people to adopt its principles. It is essential that a true understanding of sustainability is promoted from the outset of any project. It must be presented as an integrated package of economic, environmental and social best practice.…

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FEASTA WSSD REPORT

Sep 27, 2002 Comments Off on FEASTA WSSD REPORT
This report comments on Ireland’s progress towards becoming sustainable since the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 in preparation for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD).

The full text can be found below or downloaded as a PDF Version

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Critique of Part V of the 2000 Planning and Development Act (in Ireland)

Sep 13, 2002 Comments Off on Critique of Part V of the 2000 Planning and Development Act (in Ireland)

September 2002

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It can happen that, while concentrating on one area of concern in a piece of legislation, the Government fails to recognise the impact on or relationship to others. This is the case with Part V of the 2000 Act which has laudable aims of addressing social exclusion and housing affordability but which has overlooked important economic and environmental considerations and has failed to consider its very different impact on rural versus urban areas. The following paper examines and critiques Part V of the 2000 Act under Feasta’s focus of sustainability using environmental, economic and social criteria. …

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Climate and Currency: Proposals for Global Monetary Reform

May 01, 2002 Comments Off on Climate and Currency: Proposals for Global Monetary Reform

Feasta believes that the present world financial and monetary system is so gravely dysfunctional that it makes the achievement of sustainability impossible. We have three main reasons for this belief:

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New Financial Architecture for Sustainability

Apr 23, 2002 Comments Off on New Financial Architecture for Sustainability

April 2002

Earth Summit Ireland (ESI) is the umbrella body of Irish environmental NGOs preparing for the Rio +10 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. We write to express concern at positions taken by the EU during PrepCom III in New York. Our understanding of the EU position was that it favoured the inclusion of targets, timeframes, mechanisms and processes related to Sustainable Development objectives in the final Johannesburg agreement which after all, were agreed at Rio 10 years ago. Therefore we are concerned that the text currently being discussed is very weak in this regard. In response to …

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Submission on Globalisation to the Select Committee on Economic Affairs in the House of Lords (includes appendices).

Oct 17, 2001 Comments Off on Submission on Globalisation to the Select Committee on Economic Affairs in the House of Lords (includes appendices).

17th October, 2001

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Ben Whelan reviews Economics For The Common Good by Mark A. Lutz

Jun 08, 2001 Comments Off on Ben Whelan reviews Economics For The Common Good by Mark A. Lutz

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from individualistic to social economics
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BEN WHELAN

Economics for the Common Good

Mark A. Lutz
Routledge, London, 1998
ISBN: 0415143136, £18.99 in UK

What do Gandhi, Herman Daly and the author of Small is Beautiful, E.F. Schumacher, have in common? All three tried (or in Daly’s case, is trying) to move economic thought away from the dehumanised, mathematical, and amoral stance that has formed the basis of conventional economics since the Industrial Revolution. They are consequently qualified to be called social or humanistic economists, the terms now used to describe thinkers who place human – and …

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Methodology for the Implementation of Ireland’s Climate Change Strategy

Mar 08, 2001 Comments Off on Methodology for the Implementation of Ireland’s Climate Change Strategy

Submission on behalf of FEASTA. 8th March, 2001

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Submission on Sustainable Development to the Oireachtas Sub-Committee on Sustainable Development

Oct 27, 1999 Comments Off on Submission on Sustainable Development to the Oireachtas Sub-Committee on Sustainable Development

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The Barataria Project

May 18, 1999 Comments Off on The Barataria Project

In May of 1999 the Feasta committee travelled to Soesterberg in Holland for a conference hosted by the EU funded Barataria project in which Feasta’s Richard Douthwaite acted as consultant.

Barataria is called after the imaginary island of Barataria which Silvio Gesell, the radical 1930s economist and progenitor of the alternative currencies movement, invented in his seminal book Die Wunderinsei. The focus of the project is to devise ways of including local businesses in community exchange networks in order to increase their economic impact in depressed areas.

Feasta members enjoyed presentations from Bernard Lietaer and the four participant projects: the …

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