Caroline Whyte argues that there are plenty of measures that could be taken to help Ireland’s economy to become more vibrant, fair and stable while weaning it off its reliance on GDP growth.
"We should not give up the campaigning against further overshoot but we now need to combine this fight with steps in communities to prepare for the disasters that are now baked in," writes Brian Davey, who goes on to make some concrete suggestions about what can be done.
What can the EU do to prevent carbon leakage - the sabotaging of its climate policy by non-EU industries? This submission provides some suggestions and also places a strong emphasis on international climate justice.
"The COVID-19 pandemic is a test. Are we learning anything?" asks Mike Sandler.
This paper calls for the introduction of a suite of climate-related reforms in the EU that include limiting fossil fuel production and imports at source, placing a limit on carbon fees along with a quota system, introducing per-capita allocations of revenue from a carbon fee, and forming a partnership with a group of Global South countries to promote climate justice.
"Counterposed to toxic elite priorities, a new politics of environmental protection, energy and resource saving, public health and community mental health is needed. The idea will be that everyone’s basic needs will be met and this protection will have important mental health benefits," writes Brian Davey.