The climate challenge will not be solved by asking people to use less and more expensive energy.


Bjorn Lomborg

Individual action won’t save the world

Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs, wash your clothes in cold water, eat less meat, recycle more, and buy an electric car: we are being bombarded with instructions from climate campaigners, environmentalists, and the media about the everyday steps we all must take to tackle climate change. Unfortunately, these appeals trivialize the challenge of global warming, and divert our attention from the huge technological and policy changes that are needed to combat it.

Lomborg's new column for Project Syndicate (available in five languages) was published by newspapers around the globe, including The Globe and Mail (Canada), The Australian, Shanghai Daily (China), The Philippine Daily Inquirer, Interest (New Zealand), Dhaka Tribune (Bangladesh), Jornal de Negocios (Portugal), Expreso (Ecuador), El Comercio (Peru), MalayMail (Malaysia), Prodavinci (Venezuela), My Republica (Nepal), Khaleej Times (UAE), The Daily Star (Lebanon), Al Arabiya (Saudi Arabia), Dennik (Slovakia) and Jordan Times.

Drive for rapid ‘net zero’ emissions a guaranteed loser

More than 60 nations have taken the pledge to achieve "carbon neutrality" by 2050.  However, almost none of the leaders making this promise are willing to publish any real cost-benefit analysis. The only nation to have done this to date is New Zealand: the economics institute that the government asked to conduct the analysis found that going carbon neutral by 2050 will cost the country 16% of GDP. If the small nation follows through with the promise, it will cost at least US$5 trillion to deliver a temperature cut by 2100 of 0.002°C / 0.004°F.  

Lomborg argues in New York Post that we need more honesty in the climate debate, and politicians who focus on realistic policies instead of lofty promises.

His arguments were also published in multiple other languages, including German (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), Danish (Borsen), Swedish (Svenska Dagbladet), Norwegian (Bergens Tidende), and Spanish (many newspapers across Latin America such as Milenio in Mexico).

Keep calm and focus on smart climate solutions

During the recently concluded UN Climate Summit in Madrid, climate change has often been framed as an "existential threat" by activists and politicians alike. The UN Secretary General claims: “We are in a battle for our lives.” This is extreme hyperbole: global warming is a problem, but by no means the end of the world.

In an interview on Canadian radio (Roy Green Show, segment starts at 35:25), Bjorn Lomborg explains why there is no need to hit the panic button, and which five initiatives we should prioritize in order to solve the issue in a more effective and much cheaper fashion.

Lomborg on social media:

We've just had the best decade in human history

The simple therapy that saved 70 million lives

Pessimism v progress

1.5°C target absolutely fails a cost-benefit test

There is just no end to silly things blamed on climate

Why do climate alarmists have such hard time with good news?

More global articles and interviews:

Nutritional inefficiency of India’s public distribution system: A missed opportunity of food fortification?
Financial Express (India)

Hvad blev der af stemmen, der turde modsige advarslerne om, at klimaforandringer vil ødelægge kloden?
Jyllands-Posten (Denmark)

Ny klimalov skaber ikke begejstring hos kendt debattør
Jyllands-Posten (Denmark)

Hvis Mette Frederiksen var modig, ville hun gøre som New Zealand - men hun ville ikke kunne lide resultatet
Berlingske (Denmark)

Kritikere glemmer forbløffende nok at udfordre bare én af mine pointer
Berlingske (Denmark)

Bjørn Lomborg svarer professor igen efter kritik: »Det er jo helt uhørt, at vi beslutter en så dyr politik uden en nærmere analyse«
Berlingske (Denmark)

Gør politikerne det rigtige for at løse klimakrisen?
DR Radio P1 (Denmark)

Warum Familienplanung eine kluge Investition ist
Euro (Germany)

Os humanos sobrevivem debaixo de água
Jornal de Negocios (Portugal)

Mi lehet a klímaváltozás elleni harc reális útja?
Index (Hungary)

About Bjorn Lomborg and the Copenhagen Consensus 

Dr. Bjorn Lomborg researches the smartest ways to improve the environment and the world, and has repeatedly been named one of Foreign Policy’s top 100 public intellectuals.

He is the author of several best-selling books, an adjunct professor at Copenhagen Business School and works regularly with many of the world’s top economists, including seven Nobel Laureates.

His think tank, the Copenhagen Consensus Center, was named Think Tank of the Year by Prospect Magazine, in US International Affairs. It has repeatedly been top-ranked by University of Pennsylvania in its global overview of think tanks.

Lomborg is a frequent commentator in print and broadcast media, for outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, CNN, FOX, and the BBC. His monthly column is published in 19 languages, in 30+ newspapers with more than 30 million readers globally.
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