Month: April 2009

Prosperity without growth?

Redefining Prosperity

The economy is geared, above all, to economic growth. Economic policy in the current recession is all about returning to growth – but an economic crisis can be an opportunity for some basic rethinking and restructuring.

Two objectives other than growth – sustainability and wellbeing – have moved up the political and policy-making agenda in recent years, challenging the overriding priority traditionally given to economic growth.
SDC’s “Redefining Prosperity” project has looked into the connections and conflicts between sustainability, growth, and wellbeing.

As part of a two year programme of work, we commissioned thinkpieces, organised seminars, and invited feedback. This project has now resulted in a major SDC report: ‘Prosperity without growth?: the transition to a sustainable economy’ by Professor Tim Jackson, SDC’s Economics Commissioner. Prosperity without growth? analyses the relationship between growth and the growing environmental crisis and ‘social recession’.

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Bus and train firms combine to reduce the resource intensity of mobility

Bus and train firms combine in Pendle, UK transport revolution

Published Date: 31 March 2009

A REVOLUTIONARY public transport ticket scheme has been launched in Pendle today.
Bus operator Transdev and Northern Rail have combined to introduce the Pendle Connect, which will allow people to travel to Accrington, Blackburn or Preston with a single transferrable ticket bought from the bus driver.

Another new service, the East Lancashire Day Ranger, allows travel on trains between Colne and Preston and the lines from Blackburn to Clitheroe and Bolton for just £10, including the bus link to railway stations.

Transdev’s Commercial Director David Wilson said: “There are so many attractive tourist destinations within our own area it seems a waste to travel further afield when there’s so much on our own doorstep.

“We’ve worked with Northern Rail to develop a really attractive package that allows people to use any train and any of our buses over a large area of East Lancashire for just £10.

“Having a good day out without the worry of parking and cost of petrol has never been easier. If we can encourage more people to explore our area the more our local business and attractions will benefit and people can have a really good day out too!”

Matt Beeton, Area Director, Northern Rail said: “Day Rangers are proving increasingly popular with passengers looking to make the most of a day out in the north of England.

“Our partnership with Transdev and the East Lancashire Community Rail Partnership offers greater travel opportunities across East Lancashire at a real value for money price.”

Richard Watts, from the East Lancashire Community Rail Partnership, said “We fully support the East Lancashire Day Ranger and Pendle Connect bus and rail tickets. It is hoped that by providing a combined ticket many more people will be tempted to try the bus and train again and take days out in East Lancashire.

“These tickets have only been possible with the full support of Transdev and Northern Rail and with funding from the Community Rail Development Fund.”

Toward a post carbon food system, the resource intensity of nourishment

The food and farming transition: toward a post carbon food system


by Richard Heinberg and Michael Bomford, Ph.D.

The seeds of the new food system have already been planted. America’s farmers have been reducing their energy use for decades. They are using less fertilizer and pesticide. The number of organic farms, farmers’ markets, and CSA operations is growing rapidly. More people are thinking about where their food comes from.

These are important building blocks, but much remains to be done. Our new food system will require more farmers, smaller and more diversified farms, less processed and packaged food, and less long-distance hauling of food. Governments, communities, businesses, and families each have important parts to play in reinventing a food system that functions with limited renewable energy resources to feed our population for the long term.

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