Author Archives: The Steady State Manchester team

Save Greater Manchester’s Greenbelt (SGMGB) awarded the Viable Future Mark

Note. This is the first article from our Viable Future Mark holders. Evelyn Frearson from Save Greater Manchester’s Greenbelt (SGMGB), explains what the organisation is, its aims, and what they are working on. SGMGB was established in 2017 as an … Continue reading

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Viable Future Mark: the first five awards

We are delighted to announce the launch of The Viable Future Mark. This award is being given to groups and organisations whose work is consistent with our vision of a Viable Greater Manchester. Viable Greater Manchester means a post-growth society … Continue reading

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The renewed clamour for growth: ignorance, stupidity or immorality?

We are currently seeing renewed calls from leading politicians for a focus on “growth”, by which they mean economic growth, as measured by Gross Domestic Product, or GDP. The Conservative contenders are doing it, and Labour’s current leadership are too. … Continue reading

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Greater Manchester’s Places for Everyone Plan: the Carbon Impact

Download the report (pdf, 0.6 MB) We are pleased to publish this report. It makes a high level estimate of the carbon emissions that would result from implementing Places for Everyone, the strategic spatial plan for Greater Manchester (except Stockport).  … Continue reading

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Communicating about degrowth: an interview

In this interview with Dave Darby of LowImpact.org, SSM’s Mark Burton talks about the problems that economic growth brings and the degrowth alternative. It is an introductory treatment: for more detail, do explore our website and our publications. Low Impact … Continue reading

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One of Spain’s governing parties adopts degrowth

Foreword We are pleased to publish this translation of an interview with two members of the Spanish political party Izquierda Unida (IU – United Left)1, Eva García and Alberto Garzón. Alberto is currently the Minister of Consumer Affairs and national … Continue reading

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Manchester’s Electronic Billboards – Another Sidewalk for Jevons’ Paradox

pdf version Manchester’s Electronic Billboards – Another Sidewalk for Jevons’ Paradox By Richard A Shirres & James Scott Vandeventer In perambulating Manchester’s city centre, now the latest chore is in side-stepping yet more clutter within your pedestrian domain: dozens of … Continue reading

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Community or Consumption: Social Ecology in Greater Manchester

A guest article, by AJB It’s an inevitability for anything written on the topic of Manchester to mention or make even the most minute reference to the city’s past as the birthplace of the industrial revolution. From the worker bee … Continue reading

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