This groundbreaking book, published in late 2003 by Feasta, describes the challenge presented by depletion of oil and other non-renewable energy sources. Its authors conclude that renewables have the capacity to provide the people of Europe with all the energy they need to live comfortable lives without using coal or nuclear energy at all, provided that enough time and energy are devoted to beginning the switchover within the next few years.
Good article on the problems with carbon offsets: “Carbon markets are in fact designed to seek out cheap emissions reductions such as HFC-23 destruction over fundamental structural changes to energy systems away from fossil fuels and towards renewables.” But see also Aubrey Meyer’s comment at the end: the root of the problem is that there is currently no “budget” – ie limit or cap – for carbon. …
The second Climate Conversation with the subject ‘A New Economy’ is taking place tonight at 152-160 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. You can watch a live stream of it here:
Speakers for Session II include:
Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of International Trade Union Confederation
Gabriel Darcy, CEO Town of Monaghan Co-Op
Dr Rory O’Donnell, Director of the National Economic and Social Council (NESC)
Sean O’Driscoll, CEO Glen Dimplex
Robert Watt, secretary general, Department of Public Expenditure & Reform
Chair: Emma McNamara, RTE
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Michael Layden and Emer O'Siochru had a discussion about the Irish Department of Agriculture's recent document "Food Harvest 2020" - described by Michael as 'surreal' - which you can read here.
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August 25th – 27th, 2015
Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Tipperary, Ireland
This event, which is organised by the Peer to Peer Foundation, WeCreate and Cultivate, builds on the experience of The Art of Commoning, held in autumn 2014 in Montréal and the Open Everything – Collaborative Economy Convergence held in Ireland in September 2014.
The Summer School will be grounded in the actual practice of collaboration and finding synergies. Some theoretical input, both on P2P and Art of Hosting, will also be offered – mostly in short modules. New developments in P2P and commoning will be shared by Michel Bauwens, Silke …