An informal book launch with world-renowned Dr. Bjørn Lomborg, founding president of the Consensus Center, whose bestselling book (False Alarm) has been published in Hungarian by MCC Press. Lomborg has previously been listed among the most prominent and influential environmental thinkers by the World Economic Forum, the Time magazine, The Guardian, the Foreign Policy and the Prospects.
The Danish Bjørn Lomborg holds a degree in political science, but he has made a name for himself in the field of statistics and economic modelling. He has studied climate change for more than 20 years. He believes that human activities amplify the consequences of climate change, and it is only humans that can solve the problem. For the time being, he does not seem to have the right tools.
Lomborg argues that the climate strategies used worldwide are ineffective and may even be wrong. His data analyses and modelling suggest that climate change will not bring the apocalyptic changes to our lives as the media, politicians and green movements suggest. These latter actors are more interested in dramatizing the situation. They can more easily appeal to people by highlighting the ecological disaster than by presenting good ecological solutions and good practices. According to Lomborg, we are now devoting far more attention and far more money to preventing the adverse effects of climate change than to adapting to its negative impacts, yet climate change cannot be avoided and is already part of our everyday lives. The environmental expert believes that the resources we are spending on climate change are being misallocated. For example, we are spending an unrealistic amount of money on weather-dependent renewables, which, for the moment, do not guarantee the security of supply and account for a very small proportion of the world's energy production. Lomborg says we should spend more on education, innovation and raising living standards, for example. Poverty clearly increases exposure to climate change, while prosperity and technological development make societies more resilient. In the first half of the century, two and a half times as many people died from weather events and ecological disasters as today. The reason for this change is the development of humans and, thus, that of its resilience.
These and related topics will be discussed at an exclusive book launch event jointly organised by MCC and the Climate Policy Institute, including a round table discussion. Participants include:
- Bjørn Lomborg - Author of False Alarm and President of the Consensus Center
- Calum T. Nicholson – Visiting Fellow at MCC and Danube Institute
- Huubertus Ruël – Visiting Fellow at MCC
- Máté Litkei - Director of the Climate Policy Institute, moderator and host of the event
The language of the discussion will be English, interpretation will be provided.
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Participation in the event is free of charge, but registration is required. The event is subject to current epidemiological regulations.