For Lefties too Stubborn to Quit
Nelson Mandelas speech , with his handwritten notes, from Dublin 1st July 1990 13:11 Mon Dec 09, 2013 | irishelectionliterature
Party polls? 12:43 Mon Dec 09, 2013 | WorldbyStorm
Labour & Dignity ? James Connolly in America Exhibition 11:15 Mon Dec 09, 2013 | Garibaldy
Left Archive: Mining and Energy ? The Sinn Féin Policy, Provisional Sinn Féin, 1974 04:31 Mon Dec 09, 2013 | leftarchivist
Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week 14:12 Sun Dec 08, 2013 | Garibaldy
Cedar Lounge >>
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting
Rentier Incomes and Financial Interests (2003) - Gerald Epstein, Dorothy Power 20:25 Sat Dec 07, 2013
5 Harbourmaster Place - Dublin Tardis 22:18 Wed Dec 04, 2013
Wilt thou not chase the white whale! Art not game for Moby Dick? 12:01 Wed Dec 04, 2013
Solidarity Books Launch: Sins of the Father 2nd Ed. by Dr Conor McCabe 09:24 Fri Nov 29, 2013
Using ?Legal Obstacles? like Barricades in the Class War 11:23 Mon Nov 25, 2013
Dublin Opinion >>
Joined up thinking for the Irish Left
South Africa?s Unfinished Democratic Revolution Mon Dec 09, 2013 13:06 | Daniel Finn
December Issue of Socialist Voice Out Now Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:41 | Communist Party of Ireland
On the Death of Nelson Mandela Fri Dec 06, 2013 09:15 | Communist Party of Ireland
Irish Landscape Institute Lecture given by Brendan McGrath -Viewing Landscape in... Thu Dec 05, 2013 16:53 | Irish Left Review
Labour Throws 30,000 Unemployed and Low-Paid Mortgage Holders to the Wolves! Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:34 | Irish Left Review
Irish Left Review >>
Farewell from NWL Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake
Happy 70th Birthday, Michael Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake
Of the Week? Sat May 18, 2013 00:02 | namawinelake
Noonan denies IBRC legal fees loan approval to Paddy McKillen was in breach of E... Fri May 17, 2013 14:23 | namawinelake
Gayle Killilea Dunne asks to be added as notice party in Sean Dunne?s bankruptcy Fri May 17, 2013 12:30 | namawinelake
NAMA Wine Lake >>
A shot at bias in the media
Separating the News from the Noise Thu Apr 04, 2013 21:14
Blessed with nothing but good intentions Fri Feb 22, 2013 18:04
The Household Charge - How They Failed to Shape Our Perspectives Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:48
The web's political rainbow Wed Dec 07, 2011 09:47
The Forgotten Constituency: The Majority and The Irish Economic Crisis Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:49
Search author name words: dunk
"Every crisis contains in itself an opportunity"
(Letter regarding Pat Kenny`s upcoming radio show)
Dear Pat, (Wednesday 21 January, 2009)
Strange times indeed!
Yesterday Martin Luther King’s dream was realised with Barack Obama becoming the first black president of the united States. Today sees Ireland celebrating, after much movement building based on Hope and Bold-ness of vision, the 90th anniversary since the first meeting of Dail Éireann.
But strangest of all is that we are living in times of such climate catastrophe, which threatens our collective existence regardless of nation and race, and in Ireland this fact is neither sufficiently recognised, nor is sufficient assistance given to those with visions for sustainable change.
Crisis : Danger + Opportunity
Since time immemorial, the Chinese symbol for “crisis” has been expressed by the combination of the two words “danger” and “opportunity.” There-in lies not only a sentiment for Ireland’s present woes, but also a notion that these days could lead to something truly positive: an opportunity for our “Green Isle” to become a model sustainable community for both Europe, and indeed the world…
We must re-evaluate our understanding and use of the words Progress and Health. We must move from the idea of GDP (gross domestic product) to EPI (environmental performance index). That being, moving from how much stuff we move around the planet and at what cost, to what is the environmental impact of these actions and how they can be improved upon. In short, we need to stop burning tonnes of oil to import tonnes of New Zealand apples to Ireland, and seek ways to develop local food production zones and markets, like Seedsavers or Dolphins Barn community garden, which re-establish community and tradition, while not costing the earth.
What we are calling a “global financial crisis” is the first inevitable problem arising from a faulty economic system, built on the absurd idea that infinite economic growth is possible, fuelled by the endless supply of cheap oil. Apart from the disastrous CO2 emissions of this approach, a direct cause of Irelands recent summers rains?, scientists have made it clear; World Oil demand has peaked, we are running out of it and need to quickly build alternatives to survive. Thankfully some exist:
The Cradle to Cradle approach, which is based on the observation that in nature “Waste equals food” uses smart eco design powered by the sun, and is developing and building clean eco processes and buildings. The Netherlands is firmly embracing the concept and US architect, Bill Mc Donagh, has been asked to design 12 new eco cities in China. Can we imagine what a Cradle to Cradle island of Ireland might look like?
The Transition Town movement, originally developed out of ideas from Kinsale permaculture college, has expanded rapidly in only 2 years and sees communities coming together to imagine how they will exist with less oil dependence. Recently Sommerset county council in the UK embraced this practical philosophy.
I am an architect and eco-urbanist who left Ireland 2 years ago and now live, work and learn in the Catalan city of Barcelona. Prior to that I was involved with a group seeking to make the Botanic Spine, that being an 18km eco corridor, bikeway and linked route of food gardens joining Dublin’s 2 canals, the Phoenix park and the derelict train line that splits Cabra in two. With a bit of vision and support from the government, this ring could be a major catalyst for change that might help Ireland realise her opportunity, and take another BOLD and Visionary step, in these troubled times: to attempt to become Europe’s “Green Isle”.
Duncan O`Cruadhlaoich, architect, EIG (eco intelligent growth), Barcelona
The above letter was sent to Pat Kenny, after a request on his show last Monday for people to send in ideas for a “Brainstorming session to try to get us (Ireland) out of this (economic) mess”, in light of the current economic crisis that has gripped the country, for Fridays show which will be a 2 hour discussion resulting from such inputs. Email Pat if you want to add your views.
Today With Pat Kenny -
Email Pat Kenny at email@example.com
Martin Luther King + Barack Obama
90th anniversary since the first meeting of Dail Éireann.
Chinese symbol for “crisis”
Progress and Health.
GDP (gross domestic product)
EPI (environmental performance index).
New Zealand apples to Ireland
local food production zones and markets
Dolphins Barn community garden
“global financial crisis”
Irelands recent summers rains?
Scientists have made it clear; World Oil demand has peaked,
Cradle to Cradle
“Waste equals food”
watch film in English: http://www.vpro.nl/programma/tegenlicht/afleveringen/36...1824/
The Netherlands is firmly embracing the concept
US architect, Bill Mc Donagh, has been asked to design 12 new eco cities in China.
The Transition Town movement,
Kinsale permaculture college,
Sommerset county council in the UK embraced this practical philosophy.
architect eco-urbanist Barcelona
Online thesis: http://www.wiserearth.org/file/view/ee418f0d85252453f94...42161