Public Meeting: How thinking about the climate crisis needs to change

Chaired by Emer O Siochru of Cap-and-Share Ireland


The problems

David Wasdell of the Meridian Programme

The pace at which climate change is already taking place has not been taken into account by politicians, policymakers and even the UN. Many feedback mechanisms have been ignored.

Richard Douthwaite of Feasta

Peak oil and climate change both mean that the use of fossil fuels has to be rationed in some way. Unless this is done, the income gap between those who can afford to use energy and those who can’t will widen considerably. Millions will starve.

The solutions

Peter Barnes of the Sky Trust, USA

The benefits from and the responsibilities for the planet’s limited resources should be shared by all humankind equally. There are two similar ways in which the benefits from using fossil fuels could be shared which might enable deep emissions cuts to be made with widespread public support.

Bruce Darrell of Feasta

Almost a quarter of greenhouse emissions comes from changes in land use. The incorporation of charcoal into the soil might enable millions of landowners to increase their crops while at the same time turning the land to be turned into a carbon sink rather than a source.

Conclusions and Close: Emer O Siochru

Venue: St. John’s Church, Totnes, UK. 7.30pm to 9.30pm

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