IESP Workshop , GIZ Feldafing, April 14-16, 2016
Thoughts and Reflections
Position Statement by Willi Kiefel, Tuam, Ireland
I prioritise these as follows: health, social and family relationship, financial situation,
I would reflect on any serious situation and would then discuss these with my family and friends, seek advice, Perhaps I might also seek advice from “wise” people within my network of friends and acquaintances.
The next level of risk would be at the level of local communities, county and state.
For example if there is a new development announced in our area- how high will noise pollution …
"The only thing missing from the Agreement is who, what, and how," writes Mike Sandler. "Like a zen koan, the Agreement is a riddle that just leads to more questions."
Mike Sandler writes that the math is clear: there is a carbon bubble. The science on climate change indicates that there is no time for low initial national "contributions" with "ratcheting up ambition" after 5 or 10 year review periods.
Is it realistic to insist, as Feasta climate group members are doing, that world citizens could set up a global trust that would issue fossil fuel extraction permits , thus ensuring that greenhouse gas emissions gradually reduce to zero? What about politics? Cartel pressure and greed? And how can we get the word out about Cap & Share in the first place? Laurence Matthews makes some practical suggestions.
Over on the Responding to Climate Change website you can read a post by Feasta climate group member Laurence Matthews in which he explains why Cap and Share would perfectly fit the bill for ‘strong climate action’ that so many prominent figures, from the Pope to pop stars, are calling for. Cap and Share (or CapGlobalCarbon) would ensure that fossil fuel extraction was gradually phased out while simultaneously tackling poverty and inequality.
Mike Sandler's new blog post
discusses the role played by debt-based money in the Greek financial crisis, and the reasons why a return to a gold standard wouldn't work, and goes on to propose some solutions. Mike will be representing Feasta, along with some colleagues, at the COP-21 summit in Paris later this year.