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.
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
Feasta’s Mark Garavan suggests in an article in his blog that QE should be used only to buy new Solidarity Bonds issued by the European Investment Bank and European Investment Fund which then should only be used to invest in developing new Green economic activities and Green research. He goes on to suggest that the distribution mechanism should be the nation states but also, if not primarily, new regional co-operatives which co-ordinate local investment programmes in Green energy, food and social network provision.…
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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.