A Feasta Climate Group book, published in April 2012
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Welcome to the online edition of Feasta’s book, Sharing for Survival, a 200-page collection of essays by nine Feasta Climate Group members. The book’s editor, ecological economist Brian Davey, is a long-time Feasta member and co-ordinator of the Cap and Share campaign for cutting carbon emissions.

Other authors include Nick Bardsley, James Bruges, John Jopling, Justin Kenrick, Laurence Matthews and Caroline Whyte. The book concludes with the final piece of work by our much-loved late colleague, Richard Douthwaite, with help from David Knight: an essay entitled “Time for some optimism about the climate crisis”.

The UK launch of the book took place on April 13th 2012 in Machynlleth, Wales, as the kick-off for the Feasta Climate Group weekend. The Irish launch was held on May 18th in Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary, the home of Ireland’s first eco-village.

Sharing for Survival

  • Describes a workable strategy for stabilising the climate in a way that ensures social justice
  • Includes the developing country perspective on climate policy
  • Will be of interest to climate activists, campaigners, academics, and all who are concerned about climate change

Sharing for Survival recognises that official climate policy is dominated by states in thrall to fossil fuel and financial lobbies. It offers a realistic radical way to rapidly reduce emissions through stabilising the economy and ensuring social justice. Its authors explore climate policy in a way that ensures social justice and equity matter, recognising that the UNFCCC process is going nowhere. They explore the impact of fossil fuel depletion on the climate crisis, and challenge the idea that the climate crisis can be resolved in a growth economy. They also:

  • propose no-nonsense approaches to controlling upstream fossil fuel emissions
  • explain how climate governance would be best developed through civil society organisations working together globally
  • explore different ideas as to where the carbon revenue should go – to the people or communities – and explain why supporting indigenous people, rather than trading in carbon, is the best strategy for reducing deforestation emissions
  • look at climate policy from the point of view of the countries of the south.

This book offers a historically rich and nuanced introduction to a concept that could not be of more pressing importance for the twenty-first century.

The book’s price is £14.99/€17.50.

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Related articles by the book’s authors

Will the “economic price” limit oil production?: panel from the book by Richard Douthwaite
Justin Kenrick on the Transition movement, land reform and the commons in Kenya and Scotland
Caroline Whyte on resonance between Sharing for Survival and Naomi Klein’s ideas

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