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About Brian Davey

Brian Davey is a freelance ecological economist who lives in Nottingham and  works closely with Feasta, the Dublin-based think tank for Sustainable  Economics, on climate and energy issues. He is also co-ordinator of the cap and share campaign.

Articles by Brian Davey

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Clare Sambrook

Clare Sambrook, investigative journalist, co-edits Shine a Light.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

After Copenhagen

Copenhagen was supposed to be the last chance for humanity on an assumption that emissions in the future would continue to grow as they have in the past. But what if the future is one of contraction and disorganisation anyway?

Changing the lifestyle package

Climate change calls for a mobilisation of the population that alters our structure of motivations. And what of governance? It requires an eco-informed citizenry.

The mass psychology of climate change - scientists need 'attitude'

The media storm over the hacked CRU e-mails shows that staying above the mud fight is a forlorn hope

Climate Change: politics v reality

Anthony Giddens' new book The Politics of Climate Change manages the politics and ignores the challenge.

The limits to growth: The real case for a green new deal

Brian Davey (Nottingham, Strategy for Losers): Green New Deals are clearly the new big idea. Governments need to spend to avert the worse kind of slump and it makes sense for their expenditure to focus on  renewables and energy efficiency. At the same time the finance system needs greater regulation.

This is instantaneously the new conventional wisdom. The beginnings of an alliance created by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) for a Green New Deal appears to be pushing at an open door. The United Nations Environment Programme are calling, apparently, for something similar.

But are these ideas radical enough for the problems that we face? The NEF alliance has created a draft programme about the banking crisis, peak oil and climate change that is effectively relating the finance and money system to the limits to growth. However it leaves out that key idea and  its implications for the banking and finance system.

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