We’re very pleased to launch our new podcast series, Beyond the Obvious, which is co-organised by Feasta and the European Health Futures Forum.
The hosts, Seán O’Conláin, Caroline Whyte and (from podcast number 3 on) Claire Holohan,will explore a range of topics with guests from a wide variety of backgrounds. There will be six monthly podcasts of 20-30 minutes, beginning on March 15th 2019. Please feel free to comment below.
• decreasing energy consumption
• measuring wellbeing
• reviving biodiversity, which is taken to include local culture and language
• drivers of health
• monetary …
Caroline Whyte argues that the only way to achieve degrowth without crashing the global economy is to change the way that money is issued. Yet, paradoxically, it would be advisable for central bankers to continue to publicly disagree with the Vollgeld and other debt-free-money campaigns’ suggested financial reforms - and for the campaigners to continue their campaigns regardless, not letting themselves be discouraged by the officials' stance.
A newly-developed National Well-being Index finds that well-being in Ireland flatlined and even diminished slightly during peak GDP years 2001-2004. The index takes housework, voluntary work, healthcare, education and environmental damage into account.
We propose that the Irish government incorporate tree-planting and soil-building measures into the next round of water framework directive works, in order to shift the focus from Irish agriculture as a net environmental problem to Irish agriculture as a world leader in ecologically sustainable methodologies and practices.
Brian Davey explores the decision of Ineos, one of the world's largest chemical companies, to promote fracking. The Ineos majority shareholder, Jim Ratcliffe, claims fracking could regenerate northern Britain despite evidence that the strategy is "a mirage that would lead to a mountain of debt and a mountain of garbage".
The UK House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee has just come out with a report on the environmental risks of fracking which makes it clear that committee members, who represent a cross-section of the British political parties, have serious doubts about the safety of fracking.