Here are a few of the ways you can get involved with Feasta:
- Feasta members have access to the members only area that includes additional material, such as downloadable chapters from our latest book Fleeing Vesuvius.
- Feasta members have additional forum areas for discussion.
- Feasta members each have a profile which can be used to find other Feasta members with similar interests or who live in the same area.
- Feasta members participate in Feasta Working Groups to progress a particular area of interest. See below for more details.
- Feasta members receive quarterly e-newsletters and concessions on our events and publications.
Membership costs €35 per annum and can be paid via PayPal or by cheque.
To apply for membership of Feasta, please go to our registration page.
One of the many benefits of Feasta membership is the opportunity of joining a Working Group. Feasta Working Groups form a key part of our self-development, by preparing ourselves through education and organisational development to engage the mainstream. Working Groups are formed around a range of issues – such as Land & Housing, Food, Money, and Health – with plenty of scope for new involvement.
Some examples of the Working Groups’ activities: –
The Climate group has as many members in Britain as it has in Ireland with others around the world. It is currently one of the most active groups within Feasta and meets annually on alternate sides of the Irish Sea. The main thrust of its work in 2010 was to get the UN Environmental Programme to prepare and publish an assessment of global level proposals for dealing with greenhouse emissions such as the group’s own Cap and Share and EcoEquity’s Greenhouse Development Rights. This effort was successful and a report prepared by the World Resources Instititute appeared in mid 2011. A book on Cap and Share wjill be published by the group in early 2012.
Many in the group believe that the UNFCCC’s attempt to achieve an all-encompassing climate treaty is doomed to failure and that a series of free-standing agreements to reduce the release of specific gases and of pollutants like black carbon offers a better chance of success. Individual members are researching ways in which these reductions might be achieved and the group intends to publish a report based on their recommendations. The group is also developing ideas through its connections with Feasta’s Carbon Cycles and Sinks research project for turning the Earth’s soils and the plants growing on them into a carbon sink rather than a source.
The Currency group believes that the fact that conventional money is issued as a debt means that economies have to grow continually if their money supply is not to contract and cause a financial breakdown. This continual growth is clearly unsustainable and so the group has been exploring ways in which money can be put into circulation without anyone needing to borrow it first. This work has led to the development of the Liquidity Network concept – the use of an electronic money which is given to users in proportion to the amount of trading they are doing and which is withdrawn if their level of trading falls. The group is now working with communities to help them set up liquidity networks to serve their local areas.
The group also believes that borrowing to buy a house or to finance a business will prove disastrous for both parties if incomes shrink as energy supplies contract as a result of oil peak. It has therefore been exploring new ways of providing finance and some of its ideas can be found in the book Fleeing Vesuvius. The group is particularly keen to get membership enquiries from people wanting to help put these ideas into practice.
The Education Group has an excellent track record in developing and implementing education initiatives. The group’s activities are wide-ranging and innovative – organising a conference on third-level sustainability policy, creating a website & radio show targeted at teenagers, and developing a community education toolkit. To get involved or for more information contact the Education Group.
The Feasta Food Group organised an international conference on Food Security in the Age of Energy Crises in June 2005. The conference focussed on how diminishing energy supplies will affect the production and distribution of our food, and ways to respond to and prepare for this impending crisis. Contact the Food Group.
The Working Groups are a great way to get active, meet other Feasta members and make a difference. For more information on a particular group, check out other sections on the website or contact the convenor. Here is a list of all groups, and the name of the convenor for each group:
– Brian Davey and Caroline Whyte
– Davie Philip
– Mark Garavan
– Davie Philip
– Michael Leyden
– Bruce Darrell
– Elizabeth Cullen
– Emer O’Siochru
– Graham Barnes and Phoebe Bright
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