16th Nov 2010 6:30pm
G7, Pavilion Parade, University of Brighton
Tuesday 16 November at 6.30 pm, in G7, Pavilion Parade
If you tried to design a human problem to be as difficult as possible to solve, it would probably look a lot like climate change. Demanding agreement and co-ordinated action at all levels from the global to the individual, raising questions about the responsibilities of the rich to the poor and of the living to generations yet unborn, exposing the limits to our ability to imagine the consequences of our actions, climate change tempts some to suggest that it’s too much of a challenge for human nature and democracy. That is overly dramatic, but our social and political responses to climate change are as important as our technological responses, and they need the same things - development, innovation, urgency and commitment.
Marek Kohn is an author and journalist. His latest book is Turned Out Nice: How the British Isles Will Change as the World Heats Up (Faber, 2010); the previous one was Trust: Self-Interest and the Common Good (Oxford University Press, 2008). He is a Fellow in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Brighton.
Post-event message from Marek Kohn
"Thanks very much to everybody who came along to my talk on Tuesday. If you'd like to continue the discussion, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org or my homepage, http://homepage.ntlworld.com/marek.kohn/.