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Making the most of climate change??

Apr 08, 2014 2 Comments by
There’s a pervasive assumption that climate change policy can never achieve anything more than damage control. But what if we were to think much bigger than this? By Caroline Whyte.
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Foreword from Notes to Nowhere

Apr 02, 2014 No Comments by
We live in a uniquely perverse time – and solutions to its uniquely- perverse problems will not be found in extra-ordinary solutions such as austerity. Remedies may be found in simply returning to normal. Moreover, living by ordinary ethics within ordinary laws of physics may reclaim the happiness that comes from living within ordinary human nature. By Patrick Noble.
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Anger & Complicity in a Time of Limits

Mar 24, 2014 No Comments by
In the second part of his interview with Alexander Ac, David Korowicz argues that the large-scale predicament and the emergent socio-economic stresses that we are beginning to experience has very little to with fraud, corruption and the greed of a tiny few. It has a lot to do with our human civilization running into limits.
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How to be Trapped

Mar 17, 2014 3 Comments by
Our predicament and the tragedy of attempting change is: given time and resource constraints and the reality that we depend upon a de-localized networked system without central control, how do we change the system while ensuring we do not collapse its essential functions? By David Korowicz.
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Lessons learnt from the not-so-radical Tyndall emissions conference

Feb 22, 2014 No Comments by
Several Feasta climate group members attended the Tyndall Radical Emissions Reduction conference in December 2013. Three of them – Nick Bardsley, Brian Davey and Laurence Matthews – have shared their reactions to the way the conference was organised. You can also download posters that were displayed at the conference by John Jopling, Nick Bardsley and Brian Davey.
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An Ethical Altcoin?

Feb 11, 2014 2 Comments by
For the first time an altcoin, Auroracoin, has designed-in a predistribution (via premining) of currency. This article sets out a draft vision of how an altcoin that is designed to give priority to positive aspects of living neglected by the financialised economy might operate. By Graham Barnes.
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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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Our hope for a community across Europe

Jan 27, 2014 No Comments
Romanian Feasta members Adela and Dan Fofiu-Sanpetreanu explain how they have migrated from a world of reactionary activism to ‘a world of creative reconstruction, in small pieces, with dear new friends and kind people that prefer a home made jam to a cheap jar that counts thousands of food miles’.
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Over-financialisation – the Casino Metaphor

Jan 15, 2014 5 Comments
The casino metaphor has been widely used as a part-description of the phenomenon of over-financialisation. It’s a handy pejorative tag but can it give us any real insights? This article by @GrahamJBarnes pursues the metaphor to extremes so that we can file & forget / get back to the football or possibly graduate to next level thinking.
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Margrit Kennedy RIP

Jan 10, 2014 No Comments
It is with deep regret that we learn that Margrit Kennedy passed away on December 28th 2013. Margrit was a leading light in developing alternative approaches to money and currencies and an outspoken critic of the current global economic system.
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Hope in the Face of Disaster – Creating a sustainable, viable, future path for civilisation

Jan 08, 2014 5 Comments
This paper by John Sharry explores the many crises that civilisation and humanity will face over the coming decades some of which are already starting to have an impact. The paper proposes a central cause to these crises and particularly explores the widespread psychological inertia in the face of these vast problems. Some potential constructive choices that individuals, communities and nations could yet make are outlined.
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Legal action in response to coastal flooding

Dec 14, 2013 No Comments
This letter to the Guardian was written by a group of activists including several Feasta members. It advocates legal action by low-lying communities in order to require governments to achieve greenhouse gas emission targets. A new group, the Climate Litigation Network, has been formed to provide support to these vulnerable communities.
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The Unacceptable Impacts of Coal Seam Gas and Shale Gas Extraction

Dec 10, 2013 No Comments
Brian Davey marshals evidence from the USA and Australia in order to make the case against fracking, an industry with a track record of alienating communities and doing a great deal of environmental damage.
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