Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability

Linked with Richard Douthwaite – Ireland, and with Three Key Steps to Sustainability.

Homepage: Feasta aims to identify the characteristics (economic, cultural and environmental) of a truly sustainable society, articulate how the necessary transition can be effected and promote the implementation of the measures required for this purpose. The word feasta (pronounced fasta) is taken from an old Irish poem that laments the decimation of the forests. It means ‘in the future’ and Feasta sees itself as a collective thinking process about that future.

Coming event, organised the Foundation: “Living Within a Carbon Budget” (click on link on the homepage) – Dr Alice Bows of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester.
Venue: The Ballroom, Nottingham City Council House.
Chair: Michael Frater, Chief Executive Officer, Nottingham City Council.

FEASTA.org publishes the following article on Wed. Jan. 31, 2007, by Brian Davey: This article was rejected by the journal Community Care on the grounds that “it’s not directly relevant to social work practice” – which I understand to mean “we’re not interested in contextualising and understanding our clients problems and how those problems might evolve in the future – we are only interested in practices to solve those problems.” ….

Abstract: Developments in global energy markets and responses to the climate crisis are in danger of reversing recent progress in the reduction of poverty. Claims that the energy price inflation that has hit the poor may soon be reversed are questionable. New challenges are emerging for health and social services in their care and support of vulnerable people.

The new context for social policy: global energy, poverty and climate change: The news that price inflation is at a 15 year high, with the retail price index rising by 4.4% at the end of last year, was accompanied by assurances that the worst may be over. People living on low incomes will be hoping that that’s true – last year a study by John Hawksworth, the chief economist at PricewaterhouseCoopers, showed that increased inflation caused by rising energy prices has primarily affected the poorest third of the population because they spend a greater proportion of their income on energy than other people. Ofgem estimate that there are 4 million households in fuel poverty as a result of recent gas and electricity price rises. Fuel poverty is where a household needs to spend more than 10% of its income on energy to maintain a warm home. (full text).

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