"What this crisis is trying to teach us are frightening truths about the ecological consequences of land use changes that have emerged as threats to our health," writes Brian Davey.
"Properly understood, money acts simply as a ‘claim’ on the output of the energy economy and driving up the aggregate of monetary claims only increases the scope for their elimination in a process of value destruction," warns Tim Clarke. He goes on to argue that Ireland is in a particularly vulnerable financial position, which is likely to lead to severe problems in the near future.
Patrick Noble makes a case for capitalism - assuming that 'capital' is taken to mean 'spiritual, pleasurable and human assets, combined with that which maintains all those things'.
Patrick Noble argues that we should make the best of the remaining time we have before collapse occurs "to build islands of a real economy which can emerge more or less intact from beneath the smoke and embers."
Through a combination of interview-style conversation and small-group discussion, this event on December 7 will explore the mental health and emotional toll of our increasing awareness of climate change and environmental destruction.
We urge the Irish government to recognise the existential aspect of environmental risk, as well as the complex challenges posed by the global financial system's high dependency on oil. Ireland is particularly vulnerable to financial collapse and its community banking sector needs to be strengthened and taxation reforms carried out in order to help mitigate this.