nef (the new economics foundation)

nef (the new economics foundation)

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nef (the new economics foundation)

We are a think-and-do tank and we work for economics as if people and the planet mattered.

Happiness doesn't have to cost the earth. At nef we believe that greener lifestyles could actually make people happier. We know there are huge barriers to stop people living more sustainably. We are living with a global economic model that is failing the world's poorest people and driving climate change. Politicians argue that more economic growth is the answer to global poverty, but how can we keep on growing indefinitely when the planet isn't getting any bigger.

At nef we think a new type of economics is the answer. New economics shows we can get rid of poverty and lead happier lives without ruining the environment. It's been researched by nef and tried and tested over the world for the last two decades. It's time for politicians to put it into practice.

nef is think-and-do tank. Our vision is to build an economy where people and the planet matter. We have a track record as a catalyst of new ideas, and of effective communications and lobbying, and works in partnership with other likeminded organisations. It has spent more than 20 years developing and testing ideas and models for the new economy.

nef was founded by the leaders of the first TOES (The Other Economic Summit) in 1984, which challenged the G8 leaders on environment and development issues. Many of the themes introduced at the first TOES (considered radical at the time) have now gained wide political and public support, including: green taxation, ethical trading, social audit, and a windfall tax on oil companies.

Founded 1986

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