What now for the climate change debate?


This discussion is in association with the Global Campaign for Climate Action and Communications INC

By Camilla Hedborg

Our discussion on Tuesday 18 May will be devoted to the issue of climate change and asking what challenges are ahead for campaigners and the media.

After a UK election where climate change played so little part in the campaigns, we will be taking stock of the current debate, asking what impact the "Climategate" scandal – with academics were accused of witholding science data – has had on public perception.

Can the debate be re-energised or is climate change destined to become a niche issue? And what will be the consequences if that’s the case?

We have a great panel lined up to discuss the challenges for journalists and campaigners:

Kelly Rigg is the Executive Director of the Global Campaign for Climate Action (GCCA), a coalition of environmental, humanitarian and developmental NGOs behind the tcktcktck campaign, set up for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2009.
Besides GCCA, Rigg is the founding director of the Varda Group, and has  developed a number of campaigns for Greenpeace.

Richard Black is the environment correspondent for the BBC News website, and author of BBC Earth Watch. He has spent most of his career in the BBC, working as science correspondent with the World Service and covering environmental issues for BBC radio. He has produced and presented programmes on science, environment and health and co-founded World Service strand One Planet, which looks at environment and development issues.
James Randerson, editor of environmentguardian.co.uk has a PhD in Evolutionary Genetics. He has worked as the Guardian’s science correspondent and has been deputy news editor at New Scientist magazine.

Julian Rush, Channel 4 News science correspondent, will be moderating the event.

Book here to join us at the Frontline Club for what should be a fascinating discussion.