Welcome to the website of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Limits to Growth, a new platform for cross-party dialogue on economic growth in a time of environmental and social transition. Our aims are: to create the space for cross-party dialogue on environmental and social limits to growth; to assess the evidence for such limits, identify the risks and build support for appropriate responses; and to contribute to the international debate on redefining prosperity.
The aim of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Limits to Growth is to provide a new platform for cross-party dialogue on economic growth in a time of environmental and social transition. The APPG is chaired by Caroline Lucas MP (Green) and co-chaired by Daniel Zeichner MP (Labour), Kevin Hollinrake (Conservatives) and Alan Whitehead (Labour). Its principal aims are:
- to create the space for cross-party dialogue on specific economic risks related to environmental and social limits;
- to assess the evidence for such limits, identify the risks and build support for appropriate responses; and
- to contribute to the international debate on redefining prosperity and measures of growth.
The full membership of the APPG includes the following parliamentarians:
Caroline Lucas MP (Green)
Lord Oxburgh (Crossbench)
David Puttnam MP (Labour)
The APPG on Limits to Growth is an officially recognised cross-party group of MPs and Lords in the UK Parliament. The membership of the group is restricted to Members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. If you would like to be kept informed about the group’s activities, please subscribe to the mailing list or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. The secretariat for the APPG on Limits to Growth is provided by the ESRC Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) at the University of Surrey.
Download: Full Report
Four and a half decades after the Club of Rome published its landmark report on Limits to Growth, the study remains critical to our understanding of economic prosperity. This new review of the Limits debate has been written to mark the launch of the UK All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Limits to Growth. It outlines the contents of the Club of Rome’s report, traces the history of responses to it and dispels some of the myths surrounding it. As Prof Tim Jackson summarises the report in his recent CUSP blog, if the Club of Rome is right, the next few decades are decisive: One of the most important lessons from the study is that early responses are absolutely vital as limits are approached. Faced with these challenges, there is also clearly a premium on creating political space for change and developing positive narratives of progress. A part of the aim of the APPG is create that space.
Many thanks to all those who supported our launch event Limits to Growth or Opportunities for Prosperity?. It was wonderful to see so many people keen to participate in the debate. You can listen to the audio recording here:
The cross-party group was formed to create the space for cross-party dialogue on environmental and social limits to growth; to assess the evidence for such limits, identify the risks and build support for appropriate responses. Background information on the political functions of APPGs can be found on the Parliament’s website.
This Autumn, CUSP and the APPG on Limits to Growth will be hosting a debate to mark the 40th Anniversary of Fred Hirsch’s ‘The Social Limits to Growth’. Join us for this timely discussion on Hirsch’s challenging analysis and its relevance today. The panel discussion will be chaired by Caroline Lucas MP, with speakers including Lord Robert Skidelsky, Professor Donald Hirsch (son of Fred Hirsch) and Professor Diane Coyle; and will take place on Monday 13th November, 6-8 pm at the House of Commons. More information on the event page.
Uncertainties over which EU environmentally-related policies are likely to be culled in the process and aftermath of the ‘Great Repeal Bill’ should be cause for concern regarding the long term health of both humans and the ecosystems on which we all depend. The APPG briefing focuses upon the risk to the viability of Precautionary Principle from the lengthy and involved process of repatriation of EU Law. The Precautionary Principle offers a comprehensive defence against policies which favour ‘growth’ at the cost of potentially irreversible or catastrophic risk. The Precautionary Principle remains on the frontline of the legal-environmental defence and should not be downgraded, but actually if possible enhanced. More information on the briefing page.
Annual General Meeting
Our next AGM is taking place on 17 July 2017, 5pm. For enquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 General Election | Purdah
From 3 May 2017 to 8 June 2017, the All-Party Parliamentary Group is not active. Parliamentary rules prohibit groups from making public comment, holding events, undertaking research or issuing communications, or allowing others to do so in their name. For more details about Purdah, please see the parliament website.
Budgets are routinely analysed by people who believe there is nothing problematic about economic growth. Forecast rates of GDP growth play a key role in the Budget calculations, and Budgets are praised or criticised based on the effect they are deemed to have on future growth. In our view, such analysis misses a critical aspect of the contemporary debate: namely the prospect that there may be environmental, social and secular limits to economic growth. In relation to the Budget Statement released by the Chancellor on 8th March 2017, we would make the following remarks... Read more
Ecological Economist Federico Demaria was one of the panellist at our recent House of Commons debate on ‘Degrowth’ as an international movement gaining traction. Here’s his report on the challenges and tasks ahead.
Annual General Meeting
Our next AGM is taking place on 22 February 2017, 2.30-3.15pm. For enquiries, please email email@example.com.
What can prosperity possibly mean in a world of environmental and social limits? With this substantially revised and re-written edition, Tim Jackson expands upon the arguments of the 1st edition and demonstrates that building a ‘post-growth’ economy is a precise, definable and meaningful task.
Save the date for Monday the 28th November 2016 as we will host Jørgen Randers, Kate Raworth and Federico Demaria for an evening debate at the House of Commons, to be chaired by Caroline Lucas and Tim Jackson. More information to follow soon.
On 19th April 2016, we held our inaugural event Limits to Growth or Opportunities for Prosperity? at the House of Commons, with current Co-Chair of the Club of Rome, Anders Wijkman, as our keynote speaker. The event also marked the launch of Limits Revisited – a new review of the limits debate commissioned specifically for the APPG.