"If we are to mitigate catastrophic climate change and also reverse the catastrophically increasing chasm between rich and poor, first, we must reclaim the common," writes Patrick Noble in a second excerpt from his new book.
Patrick Noble provides a glimpse of how the future economy could look along with some unusual ideas about how we might get there. Might the transition to a community-focused, renewable-energy-based economy be "less the great revolt and more the return of ordinary lives"?
by Dmitry Orlov, from Fleeing Vesuvius. Countries' current attempts to recover from their difficulties are driving up oil prices. Orlov believes that the world economy will be unable to cope and will collapse, just as it did in 2008. Future attempts at recovery will also fail. He argues that anyone who recognises this should spend whatever money they have engaging with their neighbours and the land in new ways so that they stand a chance of saving something for themselves and their children.
In this week's article from Fleeing Vesuvius, Davie Philip argues that we need to make an evolutionary leap in the way we do things if we are to make a controlled, planned transition to a post-industrial, low-carbon society. The initiatives developed by the nascent Transition Towns movement suggest that we are up to the challenge, and provide a model for how the more resilient communities needed for the future might be built.
Cultivate, in association with FEASTA, Grow It Yourself, Transition Towns Ireland and Northern Ireland, Slow Food Ireland, Happenings, Green Works and the International Society for Ecology and Culture are presenting a special Dublin screening of The Economics of Happiness. [...]
Date and Time: 20-21 November 2009
Venue: Discovery Centre, Winchester, UK
Including presentations by Feasta members:
- Richard Douthwaite (Feasta) Why Cap Emissions if Peak Oil is Coming Anyway?
- Brian Davey (Cap + Share UK) Climate Policy under Conditions of Contraction: When Complex Solutions Go Pear Shaped
- Richard Douthwaite (Feasta) How a community can fund its own energy supply