The Politics of Climate Change - A Global Online Debate from

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Leading scientists, writers, politicians, business people, activists and others from around the globe will come together at to challenge each other on the key issues.

Tony Blair and many of the world's leaders say climate change is one of the most serious threats facing humanity. But are they actually doing anything about it? Is it working? Who will benefit and who will pay? openDemocracy invites you to take part in the hottest debate of our times.

From 21 April to 10 June openDemocracy, the London-based project for open global politics, will bring you the world’s first truly global debate on the politics of climate change.

Highlights of the debate will be presented to the G8 leaders at their summit in July.

The many features and articles on the site will include:

· Keynote introductions by the novelist Ian McEwan, Sir David King, the UK government's chief scientific advisor, and Bill McKibben, author of the epoch-making The Death of Nature.

· Global head to heads - leading actors and activists from China, India, Brazil, the United States, Britain and elsewhere lock horns on the future of climate politics. Why has it failed to date?

· The science: what does it really say? Easy introductions for the perplexed.

· Climate 101 - What are the 101 best web links on climate change? Help us compile the ultimate list.

· Carbon Clock - the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is increasing. Watch the future ticking away.

· ZeroCarbonCity – using openDemocracy's interactive forum spaces, build your own zero carbon city, using new analysis and reporting on city initiatives to combat global warming worldwide. Featured authors include John Whitelegg on the global transport challenge, Saleemul Huq on Bangladesh, and architect Bill Dunster on zero carbon housing in the UK.

“We are a clever but quarrelsome species…Can we agree on a way forward?” – Ian McEwan on

To find out more and join the debate click here:

· John Sterman of MIT on how even well educated adults ignore basic physical laws when thinking about climate change; Carol Turley of the Plymouth Marine Laboratory on “the other” CO2 problem – massive acidification of the world's oceans.

· From the United States, Jim Peso of Green Republicans and Alden Meyer of the Union of Concerned Scientists chart the unexpected shifts and emerging alliances of the new climate and energy politics. From Britain, leading campaigners such as Mayer Hillman and Aubrey Meyer make the case for radical cuts in emissions and for 'contraction and convergence'.

· Feeling the heat? Join famous artists, writers, photographers and others exploring the realities and possibilities of climate change.

Get online access to NorthSouthEastWest, photographs of the impacts of climate change world wide from the leading photographers at Magnum. Disappearing soundscapes – noises from the Arctic and elsewhere.

Poetry: Robert Minhinnick from Wales, Mark O’Connor from Australia; and others.

Join the fermentation in the forums: create your own icon or nominate the best artistic work on climate change. Go wild!


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