Andrew Simms

NEF Fellow
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Andrew is the author of several books, including Ecological Debt, The New Economics and the bestselling Tescopoly. He is the chief analyst on the environment at Global Witness, and was NEF's policy director for over a decade, founding its work programme on climate change, energy and interdependence. He trained at the London School of Economics and was described by New Scientist Magazine as, 'a master at joined-up progressive thinking.' The Independent newspaper listed him as one of the UK’s top 100 environmentalists and London’s Evening Standard included him in their Power 1000 as one of the capital’s most influential people.

Andrew is a long-standing campaigner who coined the term 'Clone Towns' in NEF's work on local economic regeneration, instigated NEF's ‘Great Transition’ project, co-authored the ground-breaking Green New Deal, and was one of the original organisers of the Jubilee 2000 campaign to cancel poor country debt. He also co-founded the climate campaign and devised the concept of 'ecological debt’ (or ‘overshoot’) day to illustrate the degree to which we consume resources and produce waste beyond the biosphere’s ability to regenerate and absorb.

After witnessing at first hand over two decades of failed international efforts to solve critical problems ranging from extreme poverty to climate change, his latest book Cancel the Apocalypse: the New Path to Prosperity is the result of a search for something better.