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Climate Change, Growth and the Politics of Transformation

A rapid transition to a carbon neutral energy system across the major economies - and thus a successful response to climate change - cannot be accomplished within the current growth model. A high degree of intervention will be required but there are no historic analogues for its nature, scale or intensity. In other words we have a broken compass and no map. What is to be done?
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Best known as one of the world's leading climate diplomats, John Ashton is now an independent commentator and adviser on the politics of climate change. From 2006-12 he served as Special Representative for Climate Change for three successive UK Foreign Secretaries, spanning the current Coalition and the previous Labour Government. He was a cofounder and, from 2004-6, the first Chief Executive of the think tank E3G. From 1978-2002, after a brief period as a research astronomer, he was a career diplomat, with a particular focus on China.
He is a Distinguished Policy Fellow at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College, a visiting professor at the London University School of Oriental and African Studies; and a Trustee of the UK Youth Climate Coalition and Tipping Point. He is also a non executive Director of E3G.
For more information on John visit the E3G website here.
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