Submission on the Corrib Gas Application

To: Mr. Ian Douglas, Planning Office, Mayo County Council.
Re: Gas Terminal Planning Application, Bellanaboy, Co. Mayo.
Date: January 29th, 2004.

Dear Mr. Douglas,

The following is a brief submission by Feasta on the application by Shell E. and P. to construct a Gas Processing Plant at Bellanaboy Bridge, Co. Mayo. Feasta, The Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability, was established in 1998. It aims to explore and promote the characteristics – economic, cultural and environmental – that a society must have in order to be truly sustainable.…

The Little Earth Show

Tuesday, January 27th, and the 3rd, 10th and 17th of February 2004

On January 27th at 9.00 pm Donegal’s Highland Radio broadcast the first of four radio shows produced by FEASTA titled ‘The Little Earth Show’ . The following three shows werebroadcast on February 2rd, 10th and 17th.

Produced for a youth audience, the Little Earth Show is a four-part radio drama with a difference based partly on the best selling ‘Little Earth Book’ by James Bruges. Each episode takes a topic and analyses the issues from a global and local perspective.

The style of the show is a …

Before the Wells Run Dry

Before the Wells Run Dry Read this book online in its entirety

This groundbreaking book, published in late 2003 by Feasta, describes the challenge presented by depletion of oil and other non-renewable energy sources. Its authors conclude that renewables have the capacity to provide the people of Europe with all the energy they need to live comfortable lives without using coal or nuclear energy at all, provided that enough time and energy are devoted to beginning the switchover within the next few years.

FEASTA Presentation: Before The Wells Run Dry – Richard Douthwaite and Michael Layden

Date: December 12 2003
Ireland’s economy is heavily dependent on fossil fuels imported fromelsewhere. With a peak in production of oil and gas predicted in the coming decades, and the need to tackle the issue of climate change becoming more apparent, Ireland needs to quickly move towards renewable energy. That raises two big questions: how, and how fast, can that be done? This presentation by Richard Douthwaite and Michael Layden from FEASTA explored Ireland’s transition to renewable energy.…

Submission on Rural Housing To the Oireachtas Committee on Environment and Local Government

6th Nov 2003 , Emer O’Siochru

This submission makes a case for promoting small compact housing settlements rather than dispersed housing. It examines precedents for this development model in Ireland, arguing that most Irish villages and towns came into existence as a result of conscious planning. It suggests that the tax system be used to influence decisions about housing construction in favour of compact settlements, and that a ‘Participatory Budget’ system be introduced, following the example of Sao Paulo in Barzil, with the County Development Boards playing a strong role.

The full version can be downloaded as a PDF file