The Hamilton Year 2005 at DIT

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The Skeptical Environmentalist, Bjorn Lomborg, to give lecture on the 16 June 2005 at DIT as part of DIT’s Hamilton Year Celebrations

In an age of mounting human consumption and depleting natural resources, it seems as though our responses to the impending environmental crisis are too little or too late. But is this picture of doom an accurate representation of reality?

Recently named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential Scientists & Thinkers, Professor Bjorn Lomborg is a leading figure in the environmental debate. An Associate Professor of Statistics in the Department of Political Science at the University of Aarhus, Lomborg is a former Greenpeace member, who now calls himself a “skeptical environmentalist”.

Lomborg has made international headlines with his views on environmental policy. His message is clear: the environmentalists are wrong.

In his radical book, The Skeptical Environmentalist (2001) and in his more recent publication Global Crises, Global Solutions (2004), Lomborg argues that the environment is not in nearly such bad shape as green activists would have the public believe; that technology is improving lives across most of the planet; that western civilisation is environmentally sustainable; and that the Kyoto agreement on carbon emissions is bad policy as it stands.

Rarely has a book whose core message is “don’t worry” attracted such a fanfare. No matter what anyone thinks of his views, however, nobody can deny that Bjorn Lomborg has shaken the environmental movement to its core. When he published his book, The Skeptical Environmentalist, in 2001, this Danish statistician's goal was to inject quantitative rigor, a note of realism and offer a point of view that is seldom heard --in the debate over such topics as global warming, population growth, toxic waste, and species extinction.

So the question is, and it is an important question, has Bjorn Lomborg revealed major flaws in green political dogma? If you would like to join in this debate you should attend his lecture in the Dublin Institute of Technology at Aungier Street on June 16th, at 6.30pm.

In this free lecture, Lomborg will draw from his book from Cambridge University Press, The Skeptical Environmentalist (2001), and put forth the grounds for his argument. Far from being pessimistic about the state of the world, he holds that we have every reason to be optimistic about the future. This lecture will outline some of the controversial arguments and provide commentary from the author.

The lecture is intended to provoke a wide discussion and lively debate and a panel of experts from the Dublin Institute of Technology will give their responses. Audience members at both sides will have the chance to put their questions to Prof. Lomborg during the Question and Answer session that follows the Lecture.

This lecture should be of interest to anyone interested in our global environment, and public policy including legislators, government officials and corporate executives who preside over the ever-increasing array of environmental regulations and policies.

The Lomborg Lecture is part of DIT’s contribution to the William Rowan Hamilton bicentennial celebrations. For more events scheduled please click here.

The Skeptical Environmentalist: Lecture – Professor Bjorn Lomborg

Date: 16 June 2005
Time: 6.30pm (Registration from 6.00pm)
Venue: DIT Aungier Street

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For further information on this and other Hamilton year events in DIT please email peter.kavanagh@dit.ie or telephone 01-402 4583

 

For more information and a biography of Bjorn Lomborg, see his official website on www.lomborg.com