Cheap Food Costs Dear: review of the Compassion in World Farming report by Martin Peck

Mar 19, 2016 Comments Off on Cheap Food Costs Dear: review of the Compassion in World Farming report by Martin Peck
Martin Peck comments that "anything I write could not do justice to this report. I can only urge everyone to read it and to try to ensure that policy makers are made aware of it." It draws attention to interrelated aspects of the many externalities of agriculture and the food system, including soil erosion and greenhouse gas emissions.
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Submission to UNFCCC on climate adaptation measures and productivity in agriculture

Mar 12, 2016 Comments Off on Submission to UNFCCC on climate adaptation measures and productivity in agriculture
The Feasta Climate Group, in collaboration with Stop Climate Chaos, argue in this submission that the right to food needs to be at the heart of agricultural policy. Increased productivity is not a valid goal in itself. Emphasis should instead be placed on meeting nutritional needs, agro-ecology, closed-loop agriculture, gender rights and supporting small farmers.
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Privatising Air

Feb 26, 2016 Comments Off on Privatising Air
We seem to have entered an era of 'reductio ad absurdum' capitalism. Many of life's fundamentals such as land, water and energy have been or are being enclosed and privatised. @GrahamJBarnes asks if there is any natural limit to this. Could air be privatised?
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The psycho-dynamics of the financial market

Feb 19, 2016 Comments Off on The psycho-dynamics of the financial market
"When we look at the financial markets from an emotional and mental health angle, we don’t find optimal equilibrium states and rational people adapting to them. Instead, we come across a large number of unhappy, dysfunctional and disorientated people," writes Brian Davey in an excerpt from his book Credo.
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The climate and the commons

Feb 08, 2016 Comments Off on The climate and the commons
Over the course of several decades Elinor Ostrom and her colleagues carried out extensive research on effectively managed commons around the world, and drew up a set of guidelines that could be applied to the atmosphere as well. This article by Caroline Whyte is the second of a series discussing precedents for CapGlobalCarbon.
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A Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) for Ireland

Jan 27, 2016 Comments Off on A Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) for Ireland
If implementation of an FTT is indeed a no-brainer, as suggested at yesterday's launch in Dublin of RobinHoodTax.ie, it is because of its potential influence in creating a more stable and balanced economy within a fairer society. These may not be the lead messages of a campaign featuring the #MakeBankersPay hashtag and emphasising the dogoodability of FTT tax receipts. But arguably they should be. By Graham Barnes.
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Putting moral philosophy back into economics

Jan 22, 2016 2 Comments
"The first step to putting ethics back into economics is to take centuries of PR spin out of it and describe the world as it is, not the comfortable ideas that we would prefer to believe." This article by Brian Davey can be read to get a summary overview of many of the ethical themes in Credo.
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Extracted – How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet: Review

Jan 16, 2016 Comments Off on Extracted – How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet: Review
Architect and long-time Feasta supporter Sally Starbuck writes "this book demonstrates how all minerals are finite, and the energy demand of their extraction and refinement can only continue to increase, as will their uneven distribution and access."
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Draft report: Promoting Closed Loop Agricultural Practices for Biodiversity Enhancement

Jan 12, 2016 Comments Off on Draft report: Promoting Closed Loop Agricultural Practices for Biodiversity Enhancement
We welcome comments on this draft report which has been submitted to the Irish Environmental Network by Feidhlim Hardy, on behalf of Feasta.
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The forks in the road after the Paris agreement, by Mike Sandler

Dec 20, 2015 Comments Off on The forks in the road after the Paris agreement, by Mike Sandler
"The only thing missing from the Agreement is who, what, and how," writes Mike Sandler. "Like a zen koan, the Agreement is a riddle that just leads to more questions."
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Not a fair COP…a report from Paris by Robert Hutchison

Dec 15, 2015 Comments Off on Not a fair COP…a report from Paris by Robert Hutchison
"The climate change threat will only be fully met – and the opportunity for greater human wellbeing only fully realised - when the collective courage of humanity forces governments to face up to their responsibilities. Climate change remains everyone’s issue; we need to tread more lightly, more softly, while listening and responding to the most vulnerable."
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The Paris agreement: a Christmas truce, or a new beginning?

Dec 15, 2015 Comments Off on The Paris agreement: a Christmas truce, or a new beginning?
During the Christmas Truce of 1914, German, English and French ground troops temporarily stopped fighting and instead exchanged greetings and gifts, and sang Christmas carols together. There was a certain amount of musing about the absurdity of the war. And yet they went right back to fighting afterwards. How can we prevent a similar dynamic from happening after COP-21?
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Commoning

Dec 10, 2015 Comments Off on Commoning
In a second excerpt from his book Credo, Brian Davey explores the features of sustainable commons and the extent of commons today. He describes the practice of commoning as a possible response to the ecological crisis - a topic of much relevance to the current COP21 negotiations on climate.
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