2019 The ECONOMIST Essay Competition for Young People

Deadline: July 31, 2019.

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.



The essay question is:

What fundamental economic and political change, if any, is needed for an effective response to climate change?

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?



1. It is open to people between 16 and 25 years old.

2. Essays should be no longer than 1,000 words.

3. Essays should answer the question by taking a stance and making a case based on arguments and facts.



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 simultaneously in Hong KongManchester 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.



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: they cannot accept attachments.




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