Information, preferences, knowledge and belief

It is often not appreciated that human attention is a scarce good. The everyday life of many people precludes their getting much information about ecological systems and nature, or forming deep “preferences” that would mean that they would seek to protect it. By contrast, the aboriginal mentality tends to assume that land care is the main purpose of life. Rather than land belonging to them, they belong to the land. By Brian Davey.

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

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.

Catastrophic Shocks in Complex Socio-Economic Systems—a pandemic perspective

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.

“Fresh approaches to tackling climate change” FEASTA climate group workshop

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.