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.
The Precautionary Principle | Breakfast Briefing, 25 Oct 2017
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. This meeting will focus 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.
There is a great danger that alternative non-Precautionary approaches to risk-regulation post-Brexit will favour alternative ways of assessing risk which promote growth over socio-environmental security. Such a result would be deeply ironic – as it seems that many of those who voted for Brexit did so precisely due to ‘security’-concerns. Their vote was a rebellion against the neoliberal technocratic injunction to promote – no matter what the other destructive collateral effects of such promotion might be – GDP growth.
The aim of this breakfast meeting (A free breakfast will be provided to participants) is to update and brief Members of Parliament on the merits of the Precautionary Principle, especially its strengths in protecting humanity against the recklessness implicit in a profit-at-all-costs mentality, as well as specifically to discuss the potentials for absorbing the Principle into post-Brexit law: including with specific reference to the Habitats Directive, chemicals-safety, GMOs and anthropogenic dangerous climate change, all cases where the Principle features in EU law and/or practice.
The event will be hosted by the APPG Limits to Growth (whose secretariat provided by the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) – University of Surrey), and will be chaired by Caroline Lucas MP. The main focus for the event will be an exclusive private briefing prepared for the members of the APPG by Rupert Read (Chair, Green House think tank) & Tim O’Riordan (Emeritus, University of East Anglia & Sustainable Development Commission).
For more details please email Rupert Read.
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.