Deadline: 29 April 2018
In June 2017, the United States President, Donald Trump, announced the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. Signed by 196 countries in 2015, the Paris Agreement details a global strategy to limit global warming to below 2°C. The effects of climate change, while universal, disproportionately burden developing countries, despite these countries being some of the smallest producers of greenhouse gases. As the world’s second largest polluter (behind China), many have considered the United States’ rejection of the Paris Agreement drastic, and a decision that sends a particularly ominous message about the future of our planet.
With the foregoing context in mind, The Republic is currently accepting submissions on the geopolitics of climate change. Generally, we are interested in how different parts of the world conceptualize and are responding to climate change, understanding that environmental policies are influenced by factors including the economic, social and political. We are also interested in what the latest thinking on climate change is, especially with regards to Africa.
Broadly, the topics we are currently interested in are:
⎈ The Geopolitics of Climate Change (the local and global, political underpinnings of climate change responses);
⎈ The Future of Climate Change (such essays would detail the historical evolution of thinking around climate change, the current situation and what to expect from the future);
⎈ Climate Change and Energy;
⎈ Climate Change and Demography/Gender/Food Security/Migration;
⎈ The Economics of Climate Change/The Rise of the Green Economy/Financing Climate Change Solutions; and
⎈ What to Read on Climate Change (a reading list of key texts that can serve as an authoritative introduction to climate change for scholars who do not have sufficient expertise on Nigerian and broader African affairs)
We are looking for analytical and engaging essays, lectures, speeches and book reviews that, without sacrificing academic rigour, can serve as authoritative/definitive subject-matter guides to both scholars and professionals that may have limited knowledge on global affairs.
Overall, we expect submissions ranging between 1,500 words (minimum) and 6,000 words (maximum), and will be accepting first drafts until Saturday 29 April, 2018.
Please send all submissions as MS-Word documents to submissions[email protected].