Have your say about one of the most important issues facing our generation at a series of debates this autumn organised by the British Academy and Prospectby Nicholas Stern / August 24, 2015 / Leave a comment
The public will be invited to debate the momentous changes in the way we generate and use energy during a series of events this autumn organised by the British Academy and Prospect, in collaboration with the Royal Society.
Across the world, a growing realisation of the impact of energy systems on human health and the environment is shaping urgent discussions about how we can increase standards of living and tackle poverty, in the context of strong growth in the world economy, increasing population and intense urbanisation.
Increasing awareness of the risks posed by the burning of fossil fuels, particularly through climate change and local air pollution, is leading to an understanding of the need for a rapid transition to alternative sources of energy.
But concerns about managing radical change, including around who might win or lose from such a shift, and the practical challenges of abandoning the traditional consumption of oil, coal and gas, have made energy one of the most contentious areas of public policy in many countries.
While there has been much discussion of the scientific and technological advances that are driving the low-carbon transition in the global economy, there is a rising appreciation of the important role that the social sciences and humanities should play in analysing these concerns.
For this reason, the British Academy is teaming up with Prospect and the Royal Society to allow audiences in England, Wales and Scotland to listen to the experts and have their say about one of the most important issues facing our generation.
It all begins in London in September…