Anthony Giddens

Lord Anthony Giddens

2015 Policy & Politics Annual Lecture: The Politics of Climate Change in 2015

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Tue 17 March 2015

Lord Anthony Giddens

2015 Policy & Politics Annual Lecture: The Politics of Climate Change in 2015

Anthony Giddens
Tue 17 March 2015,

This event is now fully booked but you can still #ASKGIDDENS a question during the lecture via our live Twitter feed @POLICY_POLITICS

Climate change is arguably one of the greatest threats to a stable future for humanity. Lord Giddens’s book The Politics of Climate Change (Bill Clinton called it ‘A landmark study in the struggle to contain climate change, the greatest challenge of our era. I urge everyone to read it) was first published in 2009. Giddens argued then that climate change differs from any other problem that, as collective humanity, we face today. If it goes unchecked, the consequences are likely to be catastrophic for human life on earth. Yet for most people, and for many policy–makers too, it tends to be a “back of the mind” issue. We recognise its importance and even its urgency, but for the most part it is swamped by more immediate concerns. Political action and intervention, on local, national and international levels, is going to have a decisive effect on whether or not we can limit global warming, as well as how we adapt to that already occurring.

At the moment, however, Anthony Giddens argues controversially, we do not have a systematic politics of climate change. Politics–as–usual won’t allow us to deal with the problems we face, while the proposals of the main challenger to orthodox politics, the green movement, are flawed at source. Giddens introduces a range of new concepts and proposals to fill in the gap, and examines in depth the connections between climate change and energy security. In his lecture Giddens will consider how much progress – if any – has been made over the intervening years in containing global warming and the political approach to this crisis for our civilisation.

This event is the 20th Policy & Politics Annual Lecture. The Policy & Politics journal, published by Policy Press at the University of Bristol, focuses on key works in the areas of public and social policy, and politics. The event is part of the Bristol 2015 programme.

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