Feasta, which has sent news of a May event, was co-founded 20 years ago by radical economist Richard Douthwaite, known for his creative, inclusive thinking and his belief in the power of discussion to achieve substantive progress. Ed Mayo described one of his books, Short Circuit, as ‘a classic of localisation’:
“Recent extreme weather events in Ireland, international instability and the refugee crisis have focussed many minds on the fragility of the global economy and the vulnerability of ecosystems worldwide. There is an urgent need to build community and resilience on a local level whilst also reinforcing global solidarity and justice.
“Against the backdrop of Afri’s Famine Walk on Saturday 19th, these two innovative events intend to explore some of today’s sustainability challenges in Ireland and globally. This will be done in conversation and through culture, using the Great Famine as a backdrop, reflecting on the policies and politics of famines, and in solidarity with the global justice movement, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, climate action and food sovereignty.
“Partner organisers include Feasta, the justice and human rights NGO Afri, the community resilience NGO Cultivate, a recently formed Irish language group, Teacht Aniar, and Food Sovereignty Ireland.
“A strand in Irish aims to explore ecological parallels in culture, language and resilience – again with a backdrop of the Famine, which is often called an Drochshaol (the bad life). This will be facilitated by Teacht Aniar (which literally means resilience). Beidh fáilte ar leith roimh chainteoiri na teanga, go háirithe muintir na Gaeltachta”.
An evening celebration of Cultural Resilience with further conversation, ceol & craic will take place in Westport from 8 to 11 pm .
Daytime event: Conversations on Cultural Resilience – Famine, Food, Energy & Culture
Date: Friday 18th May 10.30-17.00
Venue: GMIT Castlebar, Co Mayo