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Climate change and civil society: who is speaking for whom?

When an Inuit leader attending international climate negotiations saw campaigners dressed as polar bears to highlight the effects of global warming, she demanded to know what right they had to speak on her behalf.

A panel of experts discuss climate change and civil society in a public debate at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on Thursday 2 February.

Today developing countries are putting innovative proposals on the table that represent a sea change in climate change politics. Are Southern activists the new pioneers who can unblock the current impasse on climate change negotiations or do campaigners from the North still dominate the debate?

Participating in the discussion are:

  • Saleemul Huq, head of the Climate Change Group, International Institute for Environment and Development
  • Mark Kenber, policy director of the Climate Group
  • Peter Newell, senior research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, University of Warwick
  • Andrew Simms, policy director and head of Climate Change Programme, New Economics Foundation.

Climate Change and Civil Society: who is speaking for whom? is on Thursday 2 February at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

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To reserve a press seat , please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

24 January 2006

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