Embracing the Unthinkable—CUSP blog by Alan Simpson on our recent policy briefing, UK’s future security and the ‘order of the soul’

The UK is becoming an angry, divided and insecure country, Alan Simpson writes. Right now, it doesn’t have to be that bad. Another world is still (just) possible, but we need the courage to build it, now. Read more.

Understanding the ‘New Normal’—The Challenge of Secular Stagnation | An Economy That Works, Briefing Paper No 1

Tim Jackson, Post-Growth, Productivity Puzzle, Secular Stagnation, Inequality, An Economy that works

This first in our series of briefing papers on building An Economy That Works explores the underlying phenomenon of ‘secular stagnation’ – a long-term decline in the rate of growth of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The paper examines the evidence, explores the causes and discusses the implications of what some now call the ‘new normal’. Read more.

The End of Growth? — Transcript of our evening debate on degrowth, the language of economics, and the role of policy and democracy

End of Growth? House of Commons debate w/ Federico Demaria, Graeme Maxton, Jørgen Randers and Kate Raworth. Chaired by Tim Jackson and Caroline Lucas

With some delay, the transcript of our evening debate with Federico Demaria, Graeme Maxton, Jørgen Randers, and Kate Raworth, chaired by Caroline Lucas and Tim Jackson. Read the transcript.

Annual General Meeting

Our AGM 2018 is taking place on 10 July 2018, 9am. For enquiries, please email

Social Limits To Growth – Lessons for a post-crash economy | Blog by Caroline Lucas and Tim Jackson

On 13 November 2017, the APPG on Limits to Growth hosted an evening debate at the House of Commons, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the publication of Social Limits to Growth by Fred Hirsch. Caroline Lucas and Tim Jackson reflect on the continuing relevance of his ground-breaking work…Read more on the CUSP website.

Social Limits to Growth—Implications for Sustainable Prosperity | Evening debate, 13 Nov 2017

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. 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


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.


Budget Response | Spring 2017

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


When degrowth enters the parliament

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


Prosperity without Growth | 2nd Edition Book launch, 19 December 2017

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.


The end of growth? | Evening debate, 28 Nov 2016


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.


Limits to Growth or Opportunities for Prosperity? | APPG Launch Event

CC-BY-NC-ND :: Davide Natalini, Aaron Vantsintjan, Linda Gessner (from left)
CC-BY-NC-ND :: Davide Natalini, Aaron Vantsintjan, Linda Gessner (from left)

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.