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The Savory Institute conference on grassland management (Part 2): report by Martin Peck

Aug 16, 2014 No Comments by
Gratitude must be expressed straight away to Feasta for supporting Nicholas Bardsley and myself being at this quite brilliant conference. It was a privilege. People from all over the world talking and listening to each other essentially about survival and how we can reverse our destructive behaviour on our earth through regenerative agriculture in its many forms. It is possible.
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The Savory Institute conference on grassland management (Part 1): report by Nick Bardsley

Aug 14, 2014 2 Comments by
Many Feasta members will already be familiar with the pioneering work of Allan Savory and the Savory Institute in regenerating degraded rangelands. Nick Bardsley and Martin Peck attended the Institute’s recent conference and have each provided reports on it which you can read here (Martin’s report will follow shortly).
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Community Energy in Ireland (Part 2)

Aug 09, 2014 No Comments by
In the second part of his commentary on the Community Energy Position Policy Paper, Erik-Jan van Oosten suggests some creative means to achieve financing for renewable energy projects.
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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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The Deprecated Domain: the pros and cons of designed exclusion

Jul 10, 2014 No Comments by
One way to identify what you want to promote is to specify what you want to dissociate from. That’s the Deprecated Domain. And it’s OK to progressively withdraw from it. In the latest in a series of related articles on the Feasta blog Graham Barnes makes a case for doing just that with the mainstream financial system. @GrahamJBarnes
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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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Powerpoint slides now available from Mary Mellor’s talk “Creating and Directing Public Money”

May 27, 2014 No Comments by
This lecture given in Dublin in April explored our current predicament from the perspective of what Mary Mellor calls ‘handbag economics’; how it rationalises unnecessary austerity and emphasises scarcity. Can a sufficiency economy develop on the back of monetary reform?
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Friday event: Dublin : Can we have our money back?

Apr 23, 2014 2 Comments
Prof. Mary Mellor. the author of ‘The Future of Money’ gives a lecture/ discussion in Dublin this Friday on the practicalities of reclaiming the power of money-issue from the private banks, and directing its spend-into-use in a truly democratic fashion
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European Health Futures Forum Webinar: Perspectives on Transforming Education and Healthcare

Feb 27, 2014 No Comments

Sean Conlan has organised a second webinar on transforming education and healthcare which is open to all by invitation. It will take place on Friday 28 February 2014. If you’re interested please register here. A Youtube video of the event will be available to watch after it takes place. …

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Laurence Matthews: Thoughts on the Tyndall ‘Radical Emission Reductions’ conference

Feb 22, 2014 No Comments

This 2-day conference in London left me with mixed feelings. I’ve listed some good points below, and then some points where I think it could have been a whole lot better.

On the plus side

There were some positive signs, among (at least some of) the academics and others present, of a realisation that we need to get real about the politics.

One speaker for example emphasised that if the organisers were keen to have an evidence-base, the one piece of evidence they should look at is that scientific evidence is being completely ignored and that therefore something else is …

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Getting real about regulation – why it won’t make fracking safe

Feb 11, 2014 3 Comments
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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Put Ireland’s Natural Resources in Trust for the People

Dec 11, 2013 Comments Off
The Constitution does not reflect contemporary knowledge of the importance and role of the environment as the basis of enduring social and economic wellbeing. It most serious flaw and oversight is that it permits the alienation of the Nation’s natural resources by the current generation of the people of Ireland by actions of the organs of the State against the interest of the common good of generations to come of the people of Ireland.
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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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