Over on Oliver Moore’s blog you can read a recent interview which Feasta’s Richard Douthwaite did for the Irish Examiner, in which he discusses farming’s future sustainability.
Drastic cuts in the world’s greenhouse gas emissions are required to avoid a climate catastrophe. A worldwide agreement to secure such cuts will be impossible to negotiate unless both the pain and the benefits are shared equitably around the world. Moreover, the sharing system must be robust enough to ensure that the cuts agreed actually happen. Cap & Share is both robust and equitable. It has the additional advantage that, until it is adopted globally, it can be used by individual countries to make sure their emissions take a downward path. This 32 page Feasta booklet explains how C&S could …
Two important documents are being printed today. One is “Cap and Share – A fair way to cut greenhouse emissions”, a 32 page Feasta booklet explaining how C&S could be used to halt climate change at a global level. You can read a summary and download the entire paper here. Hardcopies will be available next week for €5, postpaid.
The other is a 106-page report commissioned by Comhar, the Irish national sustainable development council, from a British consultancy on the way Cap and Share could be used at a national level to control Ireland’s greenhouse emissions. It is very …
This 106-page report was commissioned by Comhar, the Irish Sustainable Development Council, from the British consultancy AEA Energy and Environment. It discusses how Cap and Share could be used at a national level to control Ireland’s greenhouse emissions. It is very favourable to Cap and Share and shows that it is superior to a carbon tax. Printed copies are available for €25 postpaid from the Feasta office or can be downloaded here.
Feasta recently made a submission to the Irish Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government on their guidelines for Sustainable Residential Developments in Urban Areas.
In general, we welcome these Guidelines and Urban Design Manual as they comprise a good outline of current best practice, an improvement on the current situation. But we fear that the Guidelines are too late; they address an economic reality that is rapidly changing; they largely ignore pressures in rural areas and they are not ambitious enough to properly address the energy, climate and social challenges currently facing Ireland.
This submission covers a range of topics related to taxation. It includes an outline of the reasoning behind Feasta’s advocacy of a shift from taxes on work to taxes on rent (such as a land value tax) and the need for a quota system to control carbon emissions.
This submission can be downloaded as a PDF Version.