E.F. Schumacher

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E.F. Schumacher

A 20th-century German economist. For much of his career, he served as an adviser to the National Coal Board in the United Kingdom, in which capacity he promoted the use of coal instead of oil, fearing oil eventually would become prohibitively expensive due to its depletion. In his later career, he worked in economic development, advocating that the most sustainable means of development was to use local resources for local needs. He lived from 1911 to 1977.
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EF Schumacher, who died before the worldwide web was even conceived, said: "We must do what we conceive to be right and not bother our heads or burden our souls with whether we'll be successful.
Among his friends were EF Schumacher, of Small Is Beautiful fame, Satish Kumar, who ran Resurgence magazine, Christopher Day, founder of ecological architecture, and Lady Eve Balfour's family - she was founder of the Soil Association and organic movement.
After CAT, St George stayed in the environmental field, eventually leading the Schumacher society--an organization set up to promote the philosophy of EF Schumacher (who wrote the seminal book Small is beautiful in the mid-Seventies).