In lieu of our annual Open Future Festival, The Economist has established an essay contest for 16-25 year olds about climate change. The essay topic is: what fundamental economic and political change, if any, is needed for an effective response to climate change?

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.

Essayists should email their submissions by July 31st 2019, with the subject “Open Future essay contest” to: Please send only one, final submission, and place the text in the body of the email; we cannot accept attachments.

Essays should be no longer than 1,000 words and the deadline for submissions is July 31st 2019. The winning essay will be published on The Economist’s website and the winner will be invited to attend one of the three Open Future Festival events, to be held simultaneously in Hong Kong, Manchester and Chicago on October 5th 2019.

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