Most people now agree that the future economy will need to be a low carbon one. But what would a low carbon economy look like? And how should the West Midlands transform its economy to get there?
If you have a view about these questions, we would like to hear from you.
In 2009 the Observatory published a book called West Midlands: Fit for the Future? The aim of the book was to start a debate about the future of the West Midlands economy as it emerges from the recent recession.
We’re now looking to build upon one of the themes that emerged from the original book: opportunities for the West Midlands in a low carbon future.
In exploring the subject we’re inviting contributions from people with a variety of different perspectives on the issue. Whilst we’ve contacted some people directly, we’re also interested in receiving contributions from anyone who feels they have something interesting to say.
Our aim is to stimulate debate, promote discussion and influence policy on the future growth of the low carbon agenda in the West Midlands.
If you would like to contribute to our report, we’re looking for papers of no more than 2,500 words (and we welcome alternative ways of getting your ideas across), reflecting your own ideas in response to this question:
In your view, what would a successful low carbon economy look like and how should the West Midlands transform its economy to meet that vision?
In answering this question, you might wish to consider issues such as:
- Should our main priority be to increase economic growth rates or to ensure that any future growth is environmentally sustainable?
- Can we rely on culture change, consumer demand and market forces to deliver a low carbon economy or is regulation needed?
- To what extent can we rely on technological development to ensure that we’re able to meet our environmental aspirations?
- What are the long-term consequences for the regional economy of issues such as climate change and peak oil, and what should we do in the short term to respond?
- What distinctive approaches could the West Midlands take which would set it apart from other regions?
- What might prevent the region from taking advantage of a low carbon future and what can be done to overcome these barriers?
- What changes in people’s working and social lives will be implied by a low carbon economy and what can be done to ensure that everyone benefits?
In order to allow us to publish the report in the summer, we need to receive contributions by 23rd July 2010.
We’re planning to hold a workshop later in the year to discuss ideas put forward in the various contributions to the report. All contributors to the report will be invited to participate.
If you’re interested in contributing we would be grateful if you could let Russell Hornsey (email@example.com) know by 9th July 2010 so we can plan the report. If you have any questions about the report, or what we’re looking for, please do not hesitate to contact Russell.
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