Caroline Whyte argues that a just response to COVID-19 will need to take into account the limitations of renewable energy and the resulting need to shorten supply chains and cut down on freight transportation wherever possible.
"Claims by many permaculturalists, organic farmers, and grassland polemicists that they can “draw down carbon forever” are wrong. They can do so only to an optimum point of balance and that balance will be a very high achievement," argues Patrick Noble.
Seán Ó'Conlaín and Caroline Whyte interview Dr Evelyn Forget, who describes the social and health effects of a basic income trial carried out in Canada in the 1970s. Then Paul Harnett and Laura Bannister make a case for a World Basic Income that would go to everyone on the planet, as a way to help counter the COVID-19 outbreak.
In a prescient article from his 2014 book Credo, Brian Davey explores the possibility of a “cross contagion” of cascading collapse between some combination of a public health crisis, and difficulties in the financial economy, the energy sector and supply networks.
Brian Davey reflects from his past experience about the impact that self isolation is likely to have on the mental health of many people.
“Within the crisis there is an opportunity to move to more resilient, fairer and equitable economic and community systems. The hope is once there is a good understanding of the reality of our situation, a great deal of community cooperation can be unleashed.”