Oct 08, 2015 Comments Off on Precedent for CapGlobalCarbon: the International Campaign to Ban Landmines
CapGlobalCarbon may seem dauntingly ambitious, but it isn’t by any means the first global-level initiative to be led by civil society, and important lessons can be learnt from past experience. In a series of blog posts on the CapGlobalCarbon site Caroline Whyte will be examining several of these precedents, starting with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL).
Sep 27, 2015 Comments Off on Environmental NGOs: be more specific for Paris
Sep 21, 2015 Comments Off on Why negotiations and the IPCC are unlikely to make sure we’ll be safe
"It is astounding to realise that the international community has failed 20 times to sufficiently address climate change. For how long do we have to keep telling ourselves that it all will be different this time around?" asks Erik-Jan Van Oosten. He explores the reasons why the current negotiation process is unlikely to succeed before going on to propose a Plan B: CapGlobalCarbon.
Sep 19, 2015 Comments Off on Update on the climate change litigation mock trial
Here's an update from David Knight on the mock trial that Feasta climate group members are organising along with a team of legal collaborators, which will take place in January 2016 at University College London, as a precursor to a real trial. The team is inspired and encouraged by the recent legal victory in the Netherlands on climate change. David writes "the mock and real trial are likely to cause a stir in Westminster and generate a lot of useful publicity".
Sep 14, 2015 3 Comments
This updated essay by Brian Davey forms part of a Nottingham University open source radical engineering course. It explains where economic growth comes from, rival understandings of it in economics and what problems it causes. It also introduces “ecological economics” which is a concept system that recognises these problems and seeks solutions to them within the bio-physical carrying capacity of the planet.
Aug 31, 2015 Comments Off on From our archives: using common resources to solve common problems
In this article that was originally published in the second Feasta Review in 2004, James Robertson provides a useful summary of the reasons for making a switch to a commons-based economy, which is the backbone of initiatives such as CapGlobalCarbon, community currency, basic income and land value tax.
Aug 15, 2015 Comments Off on Approaching a global deflationary crisis?
Aug 12, 2015 Comments Off on Austerity and degrowth – dealing with the economic crisis and the ecological crisis together
Aug 09, 2015 Comments Off on Cap & Share in the run-up to Paris
Is it realistic to insist, as Feasta climate group members are doing, that world citizens could set up a global trust that would issue fossil fuel extraction permits , thus ensuring that greenhouse gas emissions gradually reduce to zero? What about politics? Cartel pressure and greed? And how can we get the word out about Cap & Share in the first place? Laurence Matthews makes some practical suggestions.
Aug 07, 2015 Comments Off on From our archives: the freedom to be frugal
In a compelling article from the second Feasta Review, published in 2004, Molly Scott Cato questions common assumptions about the consumption-based economy. "Wants do not arise from human nature, or even from a social agreement, for the most part they are created by an advertising industry that has no other purpose." The central problem, as she sees it, is actually inequality - something that Feasta proposals such as CapGlobalCarbon and land value tax would directly address.
Jul 29, 2015 2 Comments
Graham Barnes writes that "creating and maintaining a currency without any interaction with fiat is clearly a challenge. It's like asking fish to reinvent water while they are swimming around in it. But if we consider the main forms of interaction with fiat, some clues as to the management of the difficulties may emerge."
Jul 21, 2015 Comments Off on Can the law protect us from climate change?
Can the law protect us from climate change? Do we have a legal right to a stable climate? Are governments responsible for preventing dangerous climate change within their borders? One month ago I would have answered these questions with "most likely not", but one extraordinary court case changed that to "hopefully, yes!". By Erik-Jan Van Oosten.
Jul 07, 2015 Comments Off on Preventing a humanitarian catastrophe in Greece – by issuing state IOUs