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Abingdon Carbon Cutters is a Community Action Group formed to help reduce the carbon footprint of Abingdon in response to climate change, and to promote a sustainable and resilient lifestyle for our town as fossil fuel stocks decline. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at St Ethelwold's House, which is here.

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Scientists for Global Responsibility

Scientists for Global Responsibility have been having an on-line discussion on a new model for economics which won't cost the earth. This email from Stuart Parkinson, the director, mentions (among other reads) a fascinating one called "The Great Transition" which you can download or buy. Has anyone read it? If not do have a look.

----- Forwarded Message ----
Following on from Kate Macintosh's comments, there is some excellent work being done on the issue of consumerism, our flawed economic system, and the potential for alternatives by a range of like-minded think-tanks. I would especially recommend:

- New Economics Foundation
Kate mentioned some of their publications - I would also recommend their recent report, 'The Great Transition' - see

- Sustainable Development Commission
They published a report last spring entitled 'Prosperity not Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet' which has just been published as a book - see:
It has sent ripples across senior policy circles both in the UK and abroad, so is well worth a read.

- Worldwatch Institute
This US think-tank publishes the annual 'State of the World' reports. The 2010 one is due out next week, entitled 'Transforming Cultures: From consumerism to sustainability' - see:

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