Feasta Response to the European Commission consultation on a 2030 framework for climate and energy policies

Aug 02, 2013 No Comments
In this submission we emphasise the need for clear targets, not only for greenhouse gas emissions but also for carbon sequestration and storage. These can be achieved via mechanisms such as Cap and Share and a Carbon Maintenance Fee, described in detail in the Feasta climate group’s book Sharing for Survival. We also urge the Commission to end its support for the continued exploitation of fossil fuel sources.
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Designer Currencies and Behaviour Change

Jul 26, 2013 2 Comments
This article by Graham Barnes explores the relationship between the values that are implicitly embedded in a currency and the type of explicit behaviour that that currency could promote.
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Catastrophic Shocks in Complex Socio-Economic Systems—a pandemic perspective

Jul 19, 2013 1 Comment
This paper by David Korowicz provides an overview of the effect of a major pandemic on the operation of complex socio-economic systems using some simple models. It discusses the links between initial pandemic absenteeism and supply-chain contagion, and the evolution and rate of shock propagation. It discusses systemic collapse and the difficulties of re-booting socio-economic systems.
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“The democratic crisis of capitalism: Reflections on political and economic modernity in Europe” by Peter Wagner: Review

Jul 12, 2013 No Comments
What is the relationship between democracy and capitalism? Willi Kiefel summarizes Peter Wagner’s views on the subject.
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“Fresh approaches to tackling climate change” FEASTA climate group workshop

Jul 05, 2013 No Comments
Governments aren’t tackling the climate crisis – so what can be done? That is the question that Feasta climate group members sought to answer in two cutting edge workshops in Winchester at the end of June. Uniquely, the two day workshop brought together lawyers, social scientists, ecological economists and climate change activists who were briefed on the science of sea level rise and extreme weather events by two leading climate scientists.
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Earth, Air, Fire and Water: Evolving Global Commoning

Jun 06, 2013 No Comments
This short presentation was prepared by Brian Davey for a side event at the recent “Economics and the Commons” conference held in Berlin. It provides practical suggestions for the formation of a global commons partnership of participants and practitioners in existing commons, in order to help defend them and to develop new commons-based projects.
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Transforming Finance: notes from the conference on 10th May 2013

May 24, 2013 No Comments
Graham Barnes attended the recent Transforming Finance event in London. Here are some of his recollections.
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Submission to Consultation on Heads of Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill

May 10, 2013 No Comments
Small countries without significant vested interests dominating their relationship with others, such as Ireland, have a particular opportunity to contribute positively to the search for a resolution to climate change at an international/global level. In this submission, made on April 30 2013, we therefore urge the Irish government to follow up its recent UNEP study with further consideration of proposals and to explore all possibilities including those proposed in Sharing for Survival. We also urge the government to make use of scenario-based analyses when forming climate change policy.
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Degrowth in Slovenia

May 02, 2013 1 Comment
This talk given by Brian Davey last month in Slovenia describes many of the challenges faced by small peripheral states in the current world economy and provides an overview of solutions put forward by Feasta and its partners.
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Universal Basic Income: A brief overview of a support for intelligent economies, quality of life and a caring society

Apr 17, 2013 3 Comments
Basic financial security should be a right for all members of society, yet our present social-welfare system does not adequately support this right and has many other serious flaws. Anne Ryan explains how a universal basic income would increase everybody’s capacity to cope with financial shocks and uncertainties far more effectively than the current system and how it would also improve general quality of life, while supporting many different kinds of work, with or without pay.
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Transcending Greedy Money – Interreligious Solidarity for Just Relations: Review

Apr 09, 2013 1 Comment
This book presents the argument that most of the world’s major religions – Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism – took their forms in reaction to injustice and that their powerful messages could be harnessed now in order to help address the numerous challenges we are facing today, including severe economic instability and the ecological crisis.
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Financing Renewable Energy Projects

Apr 01, 2013 1 Comment
Financing of renewable energy projects is hampered by two systemic economic effects – market ‘externalities’ that make them appear less attractive (versus fossil fuel development) than they should; and the effect of embedded interest in the cost of capital. Graham Barnes describes some creative methods for overcoming these hurdles.
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Degrowth in a small peripheral European state

Mar 25, 2013 3 Comments
Could a small peripheral state be a pioneer for adapting to degrowth? Brian Davey comments on two articles on the economy of Croatia that were recently published by the Green European Journal. The first article by Igor Matutinovic calls for green growth while the second, by the left-green Group 22, argues that we need to move away from the growth-based economic paradigm. Brian reflects on the two sides’ arguments and suggests policies to help promote a paradigm shift in the Croatian economy.
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