Jorgen Randers is clearly a world class speaker, not because of his style or presence though he is humorous, grandfatherly and polished, but due to his experience and depth of study in the area of climate change and global interactions. It was a very excellent presentation.
BUT, his "all knowing" ability to forecast the next 40 years he gave a very deterministic view of what will be. He joked, but it was depressing.
I cling to some hope and the belief that there is much we can do to change what the results will be over the next 40 years and more importantly the trajectory on which we leave the world in 2052.
Specifically, I believe there is still much unknown about energy availability. Randers and his small group of friends who charted energy to-be may have hit it on the head or maybe not. Here is an interesting article that points to a wide range of near-term energy views.
And, I believe how the world treats coal will have a huge impact on his “Pollution” scenario over the next 40 years.
While I found his presentation and forecast depressing, my fear is that if we don't do a lot more than we are doing now, we will find that his forecast was indeed optimistic.
One thing Jorgen and I agree on is to build smaller homes with thicker walls!
What were your impressions and thoughts? What did you take away?