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June 17, 2010 / Admin

2010 Public Debate on Climate Change

An Oxford-style public debate was held on Monday, June 7th 2010, at 1pm, in the Mazā Ģilde, Riga, on the motion: “We should be ready to sacrifice some of our freedoms in the fight against climate change”. Oliver Morton, of The Economist, and Atis Zakatistovs, of the Partners in Ideas Fund, supported the motion. Anatole Kaletsky, of the London Times,  and Marija Golubeva, of Providus Centre, opposed it.  Robert Cottrell, of The Browser, moderated.

Outcome: The supporters of the motion carried the day by a 70-30 majority. However, the opponents of the motion could claim a partial success. A show of hands before the debate had produced an 85-15 majority in favour.

AUDIO: Listen to a recording of the debate, beginning with Robert Cottrell’s introduction

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