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Oxford Literary Festival: ‘Are We Fiddling While the Planet Burns’?

The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival: ‘Are We Fiddling While the Planet Burns’? Benny Peiser, Chris Goodall, and Myles Allen, Chaired by Tony White:  – Location: Merton College: T S Eliot Theatre – 8 April 2011 – 12:00pm

Does the failure of the negotiations at Copenhagen and Cancun just signal that agreements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will not be secured through the UN, where every state, no matter their size, has equal say? Is this the time to move to a series of bilateral negotiations between the big emitters who really count? Or is it all just a waste of time, as curbing our CO2 emissions would have little impact on the environment? Or, if we are causing climate change, then mankind could cope?

Our panel will ask whether our current actions are effectively ‘fiddling’ whilst, as it were, the Earth burns. Or whether the risks have been over-done and there are more pressing risks facing the human race. Our panel will include Benny Peiser, Director of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, Chris Goodall, Green Party Parliamentary candidate, commentator and prize winning author of several books on climate change issues (How to Live a Low Carbon Life), and Myles Allen, Professor of Geosystem Science, School of Geography and the Environment and Department of Physics, Oxford University. The discussion will be orchestrated by Tony White of BW Energy.

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