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The World in Our Hands:

Rationality and climate change

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This Debate

Polly Higgins, Nigel Lawson, Bjorn Lomborg, Crispin Tickell. Jonathan Derbyshire hosts.

The future of humanity is at stake. There is nothing to worry about. What is it about the debate between environmentalists and skeptics that makes it so intractable? Do we decide our position first and then only purport to argue rationally? Or is one side simply wrong?

The Panel

Radical lawyer Polly Higgins and diplomat Crispin Tickell debate the rationality of climate change with former Chancellor Nigel Lawson and Bjørn Lomborg, one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People.

Jump to what you want to see in the debate
  • Polly Higgins
    The Pitch
    The destruction of Earth by humanity is the biggest issue of all
  • Bjorn Lomborg
    The Pitch
    Climate change is real but not the most dire threat facing humanity
  • Crispin Tickell
    The Pitch
    We need radical changes to address this state of degradation
  • Nigel Lawson
    The Pitch
    Climate change is not as big a problem as some people claim
  • The Debate
    Theme One
    Debate and controversy
  • The Debate
    Theme Two
    The science of climate change
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Ben Tremblay on 04/03/2014 8:31pm

Two hashtags for your consideration; 1 I've used for years, 1 that has /some/ traction just now:

#ParticipatoryDeliberation #DeliberativePolitics

Rachael Green on 20/02/2014 4:28pm

Buying 'Green' (lightbulbs, fridges, homes etc.etc.) is at best nothing more than a feel good gesture, and at worst a dangerous distraction from the severity of the issue. Lomborg makes this clear, and I suspect Polly completely agrees with him. Without huge investments in clean energy, I can't see us escaping this crisis.

minander on 20/02/2014 4:27pm

To disagree with Polly is to deny the value of future human lives. We really are commiting crimes against humanity by continually ignoring the severity of Climate Change.

naeem214 on 20/02/2014 1:55pm

I don't know why we are so much worried about our or earth's future. The planet has gone through worst disasters in past and emrged with better life forms and ecological sysytems. If there is a disaster in a few million years time it will revive again.

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