Blanche Weber speaking at her organisation’s 2013 Oeko fair
Jørgen Randers: The influential environmentalist gives a public conference in Luxembourg next week and is the subject of a three-part Q&A series on Delano.lu that starts Thursday.
BI Norwegian Business School professor Jørgen Randers, one of the most influential environmentalists of our times, will be in Luxembourg next Wednesday November 20, to give his global forecast for the next 40 years at a conference at the Coque at 6:30 p.m.
Delano is publishing an online question and answer series over the next three days in which Randers shares his thoughts about future challenges and possible responses.
At next week’s conference, the co-author of the legendary Club of Rome report “Limits to Growth” published in 1972 and of the newly published “2052--A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years”, will be sharing some of the views held by the 30 leading scientists, economists and futurologists who contributed to the 2052 report as well as his own predictions.
“We are very, very glad that Randers is coming to Luxembourg,” Blanche Weber of conference organiser Mouvement Ecologique, told Delano on Wednesday. “His first report 40 years ago was really the first to stress the global dimension and to say that the environment and economic growth are linked. At the time, we had the slogan ‘Act Local, Think Global’, but in fact, we were just acting locally. We didn’t give too much thought to linked production in Third World countries, to our common behavior and its impact on the world as a whole.”
“We hope to raise awareness and motivate people to take action by having Randers speak in Luxembourg,” Weber said. “Even we at the Mouvement Ecologique can have our minds opened and learn more from people like him who are so involved and informed and have been following the evolution of things for so long.”
40 years later
Randers is disappointed and saddened by the lack of real action taken in response to the 1972 report.
Forty years on, inaction has led to certain things--such as global warming--being inescapable now. But Jorgen’s conference will not leave its audience ready to jump off the Red Bridge or go out and buy a gas-guzzling SUV in a blaze of “it’s too late to matter anyway”.
Randers said that he thinks people need a glimpse of the probable future for two reasons. “The first, of course, would be to change it. Humanity may be likely to play its hand in a stupid manner, but it doesn’t have to. The second reason is to prepare people for how to live in the world that likely awaits us.”
The conference and 2052 report offer “advice that should make your life--or your children’s or grandchildren’s lives--in the future world more comfortable,” he said.