The attention seeking economy, information and the manufacture of ignorance

Oct 30, 2015 Comments Off on The attention seeking economy, information and the manufacture of ignorance
In this chapter from his book Credo, Brain Davey describes how "much of what we take for granted is actually better understood as 'consensus trance'. To orientate to the world properly we need to have a proper feel for the huge amount of what we don’t know – and there are multiple categories of unknowing."
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The Paris agenda: leave fossil fuels in the ground, auction permits, protect people

Oct 29, 2015 Comments Off on The Paris agenda: leave fossil fuels in the ground, auction permits, protect people
Mike Sandler writes that the math is clear: there is a carbon bubble. The science on climate change indicates that there is no time for low initial national "contributions" with "ratcheting up ambition" after 5 or 10 year review periods.
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Living in the anthropocene – a frame for new activism

Oct 26, 2015 Comments Off on Living in the anthropocene – a frame for new activism
Mark Garavan writes "we have emerged from the geological epoch of the Holocene into a new epoch designated as the Anthropocene. This notion of the Anthropocene refers to a profound realisation that human aggregate activity is now the single most decisive force shaping the planet."
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Is Localism a sufficient focus for Intentional Currencies?

Oct 16, 2015 4 Comments
There are good reasons to want to improve the health and diversity of your local economy. But should locality-based currencies scale, or perhaps replicate - networking micro to build macro (HT @cjenscook)? And is localism enough or is there a role for limited-scope value-based Intentional Currencies? @GrahamJBarnes anticipates some architectural aspects of a new monetary ecosystem.
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What if Janet Yellen joined Todd Stern in Paris?

Oct 08, 2015 Comments Off on What if Janet Yellen joined Todd Stern in Paris?
Mike Sandler argues that the only way to get a binding cap on fossil fuel extraction onto the agenda in Paris is to add a few key people to Todd Stern's entourage, starting with Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and President Obama's economic advisers.
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Precedent for CapGlobalCarbon: the International Campaign to Ban Landmines

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).
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Environmental NGOs: be more specific for Paris

Sep 27, 2015 Comments Off on Environmental NGOs: be more specific for Paris
If the NGO community can unify its cacophony of demands, a major outcome from Paris may be a citizen's movement calling for a Global Climate Trust that will keep the fossil fuels in the ground and give humanity a chance to stabilize the climate. By Mike Sandler.
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Why negotiations and the IPCC are unlikely to make sure we’ll be safe

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.
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Update on the climate change litigation mock trial

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".
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An introduction to ecological economics

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.
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From our archives: using common resources to solve common problems

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.
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Approaching a global deflationary crisis?

Aug 15, 2015 Comments Off on Approaching a global deflationary crisis?
"Anyone with any sense for global economic trends ought to be worried. The signs are everywhere of a serious deflationary crisis. It is obvious that Chinese growth is falling" writes Brian Davey in another update to his book Credo. He goes on to describe four processes that are driving this crisis.
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Austerity and degrowth – dealing with the economic crisis and the ecological crisis together

Aug 12, 2015 Comments Off on Austerity and degrowth – dealing with the economic crisis and the ecological crisis together
In this updating article for the website of his new book Credo Brian Davey explores the relationship between degrowth, one of the themes of Credo, and the kind of austerity policies that we are seeing imposed on Greece.
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