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?
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Lecture is part of DIT’s contribution to the William Rowan
Hamilton bicentennial celebrations. For more events scheduled
please click here.
Skeptical Environmentalist: Lecture – Professor Bjorn Lomborg
16 June 2005
6.30pm (Registration from 6.00pm)
DIT Aungier Street
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and a biography of Bjorn Lomborg, see his official website on