Archive for Briefing Papers

Schools of thought on degrowth

Oct 02, 2014 No Comments by
Brian Davey provides some reflections on the recent Degrowth conference, identifying different strains of thought within the Degrowth movement. He believes that “the diversity between the left and the greens can give rise to complementary relationships rather than being sources of deep division and antagonism.”
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Sustainable Water Use

Sep 19, 2014 2 Comments by
How can we break our water supply’s current dependency on fossil fuels ? Feidhlim Harty provides some suggestions at the local, community and wider levels.
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Poster on fracking and ethics

Sep 11, 2014 No Comments by
Unconventional Gas produces money for some people and risks and harms for others. People are confronted with difficult choices between immediate personal interests and obligations to the wider society and to the environment. There is a great temptation to deny these dilemmas exist.
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Anti-fracking poster for farmers

Aug 02, 2014 No Comments by
Brian Davey has produced another poster with information about fracking, and also provided some links to resources.
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Powerpoint and posters on unconventional gas

Jul 01, 2014 No Comments by
This powerpoint and series of posters were prepared by Brian Davey for Frack Free Notts (an anti-fracking campaign in Nottinghamshire in the UK). They provide a succinct overview of the problems with fracking.
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Getting real about regulation – why it won’t make fracking safe

Feb 11, 2014 4 Comments by
The British government has acknowledged the potential harms of fracking for unconventional gas – yet claimed that regulation in Britain is more stringent than in other countries and that it is therefore possible to prevent negative impacts. However in this article Brian Davey argues that in the light of all the evidence the only safe way of managing this issue is to ban fracking altogether as has happened in a number of other countries.
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From Our Archives: The Problem with Economic Growth

Feb 05, 2014 No Comments by
This article, written by Richard Douthwaite in May 1997, outlines some of the basic ideas that led to the founding of Feasta. It’s interesting to note how ahead of his time he was in his criticisms of growth as a measure of progress, many of which are now quite well known. Sadly, the widening inequality he describes and the many problems related to that have only worsened over time.
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Keys to the Future: Feasta’s track record

Oct 22, 2013 No Comments
Analysis of current dysfunctional systems has enabled Feasta to anticipate problems, issue warnings and recommend appropriate and timely action. We’ve just published a run-through of our achievements since 1998, the year Feasta was founded, and our plans for the future.
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Universal Basic Income: A brief overview of a support for intelligent economies, quality of life and a caring society

Apr 17, 2013 3 Comments
Basic financial security should be a right for all members of society, yet our present social-welfare system does not adequately support this right and has many other serious flaws. Anne Ryan explains how a universal basic income would increase everybody’s capacity to cope with financial shocks and uncertainties far more effectively than the current system and how it would also improve general quality of life, while supporting many different kinds of work, with or without pay.
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Co-creating a Global Climate Commons regime

Mar 19, 2013 5 Comments
In this presentation given at Maynooth last week, John Jopling explains why governments cannot be expected to adequately address the climate crisis and instead proposes a commons-based approach that would involve a wide range of non-governmental organisations in a cooperative and participatory process.
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Economics and Moral Philosophy

Sep 10, 2012 No Comments
In this talk given to the Cafe Economique in Nottingham on August 30 Brian Davey takes us on a lightning tour of economic thought from the ancient Greeks onwards, describing the increasingly shaky relationship between economics and moral philosophy.
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Climate Change and Peak Oil: two sides of the same coin?

Jul 13, 2012 No Comments
This talk given by David Knight on July 4th describes three possible future scenarios: runaway climate change; collapse triggered by peak oil; and “green future”. He takes into account recent claims that peak oil can be postponed by the adoption of unconventional methods of oil production, and he concludes by presenting a wish list of actions by governments and citizens.
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Fracking good or fracking bad?

May 26, 2012 3 Comments
At the Feasta climate weekend in Wales last month David Knight gave a presentation on ‘fracking’: the use of unconventional methods for extracting natural gas. Fracking has become the subject of much controversy on both sides of the Atlantic as the energy industry lobbies for its widespread adoption. Knight discussed its viability in terms of energy return on investment, its potential as a pollutant and its effect on climate change. You can download his powerpoint slides from this site now, along with the script he used while giving the presentation.
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