You’ve Been Framed

Nov 18, 2014 Comments Off by
If we all want cars, or to fly, then climate change is all our fault, really, isn't it? Or is it? Perhaps we need to discuss how the issue of climate change is being framed. Laurence and Alison Matthews have written a quick and clever guide to 'framespotting' and Laurence, a long-time member of Feasta's climate group, has provided a short overview of their book.
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Update on the “Sink or Sue” climate litigation project

Nov 06, 2014 Comments Off by
Here's an update by David Knight on the Feasta climate group's plan to organize a mock trial next year, in partnership with a large group of allies, many of whom already have legal experience relating to climate change. The mock trial will be an initial step towards a real court action and would develop and test a claim against a fictitious British Fossil fuel company for contributing to the damage caused by climate change.
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This Changes Everything – Capitalism vs the Climate by Naomi Klein: Review

Oct 26, 2014 1 Comment by
Naomi Klein's new book is well worth a read by anyone interested in the relationship between the growth-based economy and runaway greenhouse gas emissions. It also provides some suggestions for finding our way out of this morass. By Caroline Whyte
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Feasta climate group weekend, 31st October – 3 November 2014

Oct 13, 2014 Comments Off by
This year's climate group meeting will have an overall theme of 'climate j
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Critique by Clive Spash of the “Better Growth, Better Climate” report

Oct 07, 2014 Comments Off by
In this discussion paper Clive Spash of the University of Economics and Business in Vienna critiques the much publicised document released in September: "Better Growth, Better Climate: The New Climate Economy Report" . This report, in which Lord Nicholas Stern was a leading author, is the elite perspective on climate change - that of the most senior politicians, bankers and financiers. The report is a call for continued growth and, as Spash shows, it is deeply flawed theoretically.
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The Savory Institute conference on grassland management (Part 2): report by Martin Peck

Aug 16, 2014 1 Comment by
Martin Peck was impressed with the Savory conference: "It was a privilege. People from all over the world talking and listening to each other essentially about survival and how we can reverse our destructive behaviour on our earth through regenerative agriculture in its many forms. It is possible."
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The Savory Institute conference on grassland management (Part 1): report by Nick Bardsley

Aug 14, 2014 3 Comments by
Many Feasta members will already be familiar with the pioneering work of Allan Savory and the Savory Institute in regenerating degraded rangelands. Nick Bardsley and Martin Peck attended the Institute's recent conference and have each provided reports on it which you can read here (Martin's report will follow shortly).
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Community energy in Ireland (Part 1)

Jul 26, 2014 Comments Off
Former Feasta intern Erik Jan van Oosten argues that the community energy paper (CEPPP) which was recently produced by a group of 18 Irish organisations including Feasta is an important step forward but that there are nuances and aspects that deserve further attention. In this first of three articles he discusses the societal aspects of energy production: who should have the ownership and control?
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Savory Institute International Conference – “Putting Grasslands to Work” – London UK 2014

Jul 14, 2014 1 Comment

The Savory Institute has strong ties with Feasta: Allan Savory delivered the Feasta annual lecture in 2009. Partly as a result of this and of Richard Douthwaite’s subsequent recommendation, he went on to win the Buckminster Fuller award in 2010.

Dynamic experts in the fields of soil science, climate change, permaculture, range science, local food movement, human health, conservation biology and alternative finance will present their views at this conference. These world renowned experts include Patrick Holden of the Sustainable Food Trust, celebrity farmer Joel Salatin, world-renowned permaculture consultant Darren Doherty, and soil scientist Dr. Elaine Ingham, and author …

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Powerpoint and posters on unconventional gas

Jul 01, 2014 Comments Off
This powerpoint and series of posters were prepared by Brian Davey for Frack Free Notts (an anti-fracking campaign in Nottinghamshire in the UK). They provide a succinct overview of the problems with fracking.
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Press release: Feasta climate group response to the Working Group 3 contribution to the IPCC’s fifth assessment report

Apr 14, 2014 Comments Off
We find the latest IPCC report's emphasis on climate as a "global commons problem" helpful and constructive. However, the economy must break its dependency on GDP growth in order to achieve emissions reduction without economic collapse. Fortunately the potential exists for significant co-benefits from climate mitigation, including poverty alleviation and reduced inequality. Grassroots legal action could help give teeth to the international institutions needed for cooperation.
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Making the most of climate change??

Apr 08, 2014 2 Comments
There's a pervasive assumption that climate change policy can never achieve anything more than damage control. But what if we were to think much bigger than this? By Caroline Whyte.
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Foreword from Notes to Nowhere

Apr 02, 2014 Comments Off
We live in a uniquely perverse time – and solutions to its uniquely- perverse problems will not be found in extra-ordinary solutions such as austerity. Remedies may be found in simply returning to normal. Moreover, living by ordinary ethics within ordinary laws of physics may reclaim the happiness that comes from living within ordinary human nature. By Patrick Noble.
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