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.
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.
An Taisce, Feasta, the Green Foundation Ireland and Cultivate are co-ordinating this conference in Cloughjordan which will explore how best to encourage more public participation in climate action, sustainability and environmental protection, while improving citizen engagement in local community initiatives.
This article from 2014 by Brian Davey - part of his book Credo - critiques the ways in which economists generally try to calculate the costs associated with action on climate change. Unfortunately, it is still relevant now.
Basic Income Ireland's Annual Forum, entitled 'Work: What’s Basic Income Got To Do With It?’, will take place at the Carmelite Centre in Dublin on September 16. Meanwhile on October 7, in Derry, there will be a discussion on 'A Basic Income - A Future with Dignity'.
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.