In response to a consultation call from the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine on their Agri-Food 2030 strategy, Feasta has prepared this submission, which calls for an urgent diversification of Irish agriculture and a move away from its current export-led approach.
In the first of a series of Irish Times articles entitled “Changing World, Changing Minds: Understanding our emotional response to the climate emergency”, psychologist John Sharry (who is a Feasta trustee) explores the effect that climate anxiety can have on mental health and explains why it is important to accept and channel our negative emotions: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/parenting/eco-anxiety-climate-breakdown-is-taking-its-toll-on-people-s-mental-health-1.4051378.
"Christine Lagarde will have immense power to lead the transformation of the world’s economic system to one that supports the 99% and keeps the world below the 1.5 degree climate threshold. Will she use that power for good?" asks Mike Sandler.
A recent article in the Ecologist magazine by Laura Bannister and Paul Harnett advocates capping carbon on a global basis and distributing the proceeds from the sale of fossil fuel permits. This approach is along the same lines as the Feasta climate group’s CapGlobalCarbon initiative. The article also contains other useful analyses and links: https://theecologist.org/2019/aug/06/basic-income-and-global-commons
Professor James K. Boyce's book explains why capping total global carbon emissions would put us on a path to fixing our enormous emissions problem, rather than just providing a tiny bandaid as offsets do. Review by Mike Sandler.
Willi Kiefel identifies some of the main causes of the ecological “downward spiral” we are currently trapped in, and makes six propositions for a transformation process to help us escape from it.