Andrew Simms

Andrew Simms is Coordinator of the Rapid Transition Alliance, an author, political economist and activist. He is co-director of the NewWeather Institute, Assistant Director of Scientists for Global Responsibility, a Research Associate at the University of Sussex, and a Fellow of the New Economics Foundation (NEF). His books include The New Economics, Cancel the Apocalypse: the New Path to Prosperity, Ecological Debt and Do Good Lives Have to Cost the Earth? He tweets from @andrewsimms_uk


Hope from the Seed of Trauma

What if, 50 years from now, instead of looking back and yearning for how things were in 2023, we find ourselves in a more equal, tolerant, and just society living more harmoniously with the rest of life on earth?

April 13, 2023


An alternative energy strategy to stimulate rapid transition

Now’s the opportunity to insist – fiercely and unapologetically – that we want a rapid transition and we want the benefits to be shared by all.

March 31, 2022

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The gas price crisis – in a hole, stop digging, here’s how to climb out…

Collaborating with UK research body Nesta, the Rapid Transition Alliance looked at several cases of successful escape pathways from dependence on gas, with all its pollution and price volatility.

February 10, 2022


Turning Delusion into Climate Action: Prof Kevin Anderson, an interview

Over the past two or more decades I’ve witnessed an emerging preference for spinning an appealing but increasingly misleading yarn about what is needed to meet our various climate commitments.

June 18, 2020

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We Need a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty – and We Need it Now

A moratorium could take the form of a fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty. The threat of nuclear catastrophe provides a precedent for how, quickly, to stop a bad situation getting worse.

October 26, 2018

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The Speed of #MeToo Gives me Hope – We can Still Stop Climate Change

These days new social norms can be swift and profound. It could be our saving grace. After smoking and drink-driving, could climate change provide the next big behaviour-change challenge?

October 2, 2018

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