Patrick Noble argues that political engagement should be secondary to discovering what is the good life and then living it. "That will be a process of trial and error – new truths are discovered by new errors. How do we know where to begin? Why not start with the question – what is happiness?"
This submission to an interdepartmental group in the Irish government argues that much greater emphasis needs to be placed on maintenance, stability and resilience when developing policy on the bioeconomy. It also describes some programmes and changes to the tax system that we believe could help with this.
In this proposal, Ireland would form a bilateral partnership with a Global South country in order to eliminate fossil fuel emissions, support the energy transition and work towards climate justice. It would be relatively straightforward to implement and would establish Ireland as forward-looking, global-minded and fundamentally ethical in its approach to climate stabilisation.
Instead of playing catch-up to other EU countries as is currently the case, we believe Ireland could leapfrog them and establish itself as a visionary leader by taking a global view of the climate challenge and incorporating action on climate with substantive action on inequality and poverty, significant improvements to the quality and freshness of food, and greater overall prosperity and stability in Ireland and elsewhere.
"The only thing missing from the Agreement is who, what, and how," writes Mike Sandler. "Like a zen koan, the Agreement is a riddle that just leads to more questions."
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.