What fundamental economic and political change, if any, is needed for an effective response to climate change?
THE ECONOMIST’s Open Future initiative was begun last year to make the case for political, economic and social freedoms at a time when these values are under assault. We want this exploration of ideas to involve our critics as well as our supporters. As part of the initiative, we are holding an essay contest.
Eligibility and Criteria
- It is open to people between 16 and 25 years old.
- Essays should be no longer than 1,000 words.
- Description: For decades the world has been aware that human activity is heating up the planet to dangerous levels, with potentially calamitous consequences.
- Despite efforts by government, business and individuals to curtail the trend, carbon emissions are still rising.
- Perhaps new thinking is needed since previous attempts to deal with the problem have failed. So what might be done?
- There is one essay contest, associated with an Open Future theme (ie, the environment). The contest has a specific question and description to be answered. Details of the contest will be published by The Economist on the Open Future online hub at www.economist.com/openfuture/essay-contest
- Essays should take a side, analyse the situation and build a case based on argument and facts. Elegant writing is important but the judges will make allowances for those for whom English is not their native language. The winner will be based on the subjective decision of the judging panel.
- There will be one winner.
- Entries should be no more than 1,000 words in length and must be written in English.
- The winning entry will be published online by The Economist.
- Only one entry per person is permitted. Entries via third parties and automated entries are not permitted.
- No purchase is necessary.
- Entries not submitted in accordance with these terms and all other rules and directions given by The Economist, or entries that are incomplete or illegible (as determined in our sole discretion) will not be eligible.
Awards and Benefits
- The winning essay will be published on The Economist‘s Open Future website and the winner will be invited to attend one of the three Open Future Festival events, to be held in Hong Kong, Manchester and Chicago on Saturday, October 5th 2019.
- The Economist will pay for travel and accommodation.
- If the winner is under 18, we will pay for a guardian to accompany the winner as well.
- The names of the 20 long-listed finalists will be published online; each will receive a one-year digital subscription to The Economist.
- Essays should answer the question by taking a stance and making a case based on arguments and facts.
- We will select the best essays based on the quality of their arguments, not the extent to which they align with our views. Though good writing is important, judges will make allowances for those for whom English is not their first language.
How To Apply
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Essayists should email their submissions by July 31st 2019, with the subject “Open Future essay contest” to OpenFuture@Economist.com.
Please send only one, final submission, and place the text in the body of the email: we cannot accept attachments. Please indicate your age and country.
We encourage you to read last year’s winning essays here.