Due to a resource-efficient food production – famine will be a thing of the past in our affluent society. Famine due to climate change is simply not true. We can easily feed everyone – even if we are more than ten billion people.
Most of the issues we have in the rich countries are small related to the problems in the developing world. The famine we sometimes observe is due to bad government – not related to climate change. The most important resource we have is the human being. Many books are written about that. The speaker especially recommended books by Julian Simon, Bjørn Lomborg, and Martin Ågerup (see the literature list).
In Martin Ågerup’s book: Doomsday is Cancelled, or Dommedag er aflyst (Danish), we get a
list of expected improvements in our near future:
- We are more: 10-15 billion
- We live longer, get richer: seven times per hundred years,
- We get well-fed
- We get energetic
- We get access to ample resources and waterWe get more peaceful
- We are solving nature, environmental, and climate challenges
- We will still be afraid – for good reasons: maybe richer people are more afraid of losing their valuable items?
- We will have an accelerating technological change
The myth of ecological doomsday is neither catastrophic nor existential. We enjoy large positive effects of the use of stored solar energy as cheap energy sources.
The speaker and Ngyen Thi Kim Oanh have concluded: It is evident that the proposed cure of
excessive CO2 emission reductions may well be far more costly than the disease of global