FEASTA course in Belfast

Hosted at the Gibson Institute for Land, Food and Environment, School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast

This was a course designed to explore the root causes of unsustainability: how our society and economy fails to think about and plan for its own long-term health and survival. The course fostered joined-up thinking in considering how to tackle the problems and frame potential solutions.

For instance, what is the link between global climate change, genetically modified foods and rising fuel prices?

The 10 sessions used Feasta’s ‘Community Learning Toolkit’, a CD ROM containing readings, videos and audio recordings that enable a community of learners to explore the issues further.

Starting on Tuesday 21 February, 2005 Nicola Creighton from the FEASTA Education Group facilitated the 10 evenings of presentation and discussion, which explored the issues of:

Money, Growth, Climate Change, Energy, Food, Land-use and Democracy.

Some evenings included presentations by invited speakers. The course was originally developed and hosted at the Cultivate Centre in Dublin in 2005 with resounding interest from a diverse set of participants. The discussion framework of the course will meet the interests and needs of participants focusing on local issues of sustainability.

TIME: Every Tuesday 7.00-9.00 p.m., starting 21 February, ending Tuesday 16 May, excluding 4, 11 and 18 April (semester break).

VENUE: The Gibson Institute for Land, Food and Environment (part of the School of Biological Sciences at Queen’s University), 3 Lennoxvale, off Malone Road, just a five-minute walk from the main University building.

For more information on courses and research work of the Gibson Institute see http://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/GibsonInstitute/

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