Life After Kyoto

Old Habits Die Hard

In this debate Julian Morris challenged Dr Chucks Okereke on the issue of whether the Kyoto Protocol provides a solid basis for tackling climate change. Dr Okereke maintained that the Kyoto Protocol had performed well according to three fundamental criteria - efficiency, equity and effectiveness - and argued that any failures in implementation were attributable, not to the Kyoto Protocol's content, but to a lack of political will on the part of national governments. By contrast, Julian Morris maintained that the Kyoto Protocol was founded on an erroneous understanding of the climate change issue and put the case for the redirection of research and resources towards new policies aimed at combating the effects of climate change - better crops, stronger buildings, and effective technologies - while stressing the need to free up trade with poor countries which, he argued, stood to benefit more from increased prosperity and the transfer of new technologies than from Kyoto's top-down ‘command and control' approach and measures such as carbon trading

 The debate was moderated by Professor GWYN PRINS, Director of the Mackinder Programme for the Study of Long Wave Events at the London School of Economics

Speakers:

 JULIAN MORRIS, Director of the International Policy Network

 Dr CHUKS OKEREKE, Research Fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment