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16 Jan 2008

FEASTA Public Meeting in Totnes, This Friday.

f**Public Meeting: How thinking about the climate crisis needs to change.**
Friday 18 January 2008. Venue: St. John’s Church, Totnes. 7.30pm to 9.30pm

We are delighted to announce that FEASTA, the Irish Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability, are dropping in to Totnes this weekend for a climate think tank thing, and as part of that will be holding a public meeting this Friday. It looks like it will be a great event, so do try to get over for it.

**The problems.**

**David Wasdel**of the Meridian Programme
The pace at which climate change is already taking place has not been taken into account by politicians, policymakers and even the UN. Many feedback mechanisms have been ignored.

**Richard Douthwaite** of Feasta
Peak oil and climate change both mean that the use of fossil fuels has to be rationed in some way. Unless this is done, the income gap between those who can afford to use energy and those who can’t will widen considerably. Millions will starve.

**The solutions**

**Peter Barnes** of the Sky Trust, USA
The benefits from and the responsibilities for the planet’s limited resources should be shared by all humankind equally. There are two similar ways in which the benefits from using fossil fuels could be shared which might enable deep emissions cuts to be made with widespread public support.

**Bruce Darrell** of Feasta
Almost a quarter of greenhouse emissions comes from changes in land use. The incorporation of charcoal into the soil might enable millions of landowners to increase their crops while at the same time turning the land to be turned into a carbon sink rather than a source.

There will be time for questions and discussion after each speaker’s presentation.

Conclusions and Close: Emer O Siochru.