The Economist’s Open Future initiative was begun last year to make the case for political, economic and social freedoms at a time when these values are under assault. We want this exploration of ideas to involve our critics as well as our supporters.
As part of the initiative we are holding an essay contest. It is open to people between 16 and 25 years old.
The essay question is:
What fundamental economic and political change, if any, is needed for an effective response to climate change?
For decades the world has been aware that human activity is heating up the planet to dangerous levels, with potentially calamitous consequences. Despite efforts by government, business and individuals to curtail the trend, carbon emissions are still rising. Perhaps new thinking is needed, since previous attempts to deal with the problem have failed. So what might be done?
The winning essay will be published on The Economist’s Open Future website and the winner will be invited to attend one of the three Open Future Festival events, to be held in Hong Kong, Manchester and Chicago on Saturday October 5th 2019.
The names of the 20 long-listed finalists will be published online; each will receive a one-year digital subscription to The Economist.
- Essays should be no longer than 1,000 words.
- Essayists should email their submissions by July 31st 2019, with the subject “Open Future essay contest” to: OpenFuture@Economist.com
- Please send only one, final submission, and place the text in the body of the email: we cannot accept attachments. Please indicate your age and country.
Read the terms of the competition here.
For any queries, e-mail: OpenFuture@Economist.com