Weekend Food for Thought: Attenborough vs Lomberg
This blog is intended primarily for my students at the University of Pardubice. But all readers/viewers are welcome to watch the videos included and comment.
(Introductory image copyright: CC-BY-4.0, lomborg.com, modified by Vít Pohanka)
For my students: the main purpose here is to provide you an opportunity to practice formulating your ideas clearly and concisely in English. This is an optional task, not required to get a credit at the end of the semester. But I would like to read/listen to your comments. So, if you find the time and feel like it, watch these two videos and send me your thoughts: Who makes a stronger impression on you? Bjorn Lomborg or David Attenborough? Could it be that both of them make sense and we should listen to both of them?
You can send your commentary in writing (no longer than 500 words, please) or preferably recorded in audio or video on your smartphone or whatever hardware you prefer. Do not worry too much about quality, just make sure it is good enough for me to understand.
Bjorn Lomborg is according to the website of his own Copenhagen Consensus Center "an academic and the author of the best-selling "False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet", "The Skeptical Environmentalist" and "Cool It". He challenges mainstream concerns about development and the environment and points out that we need to focus attention on the smartest solutions first." He discusses his views in this video of Hoover Institution, where he is a visiting fellow:
David Attenborough is according to Encyclopaedia Britannica "English broadcaster, writer, and naturalist noted for his innovative educational television programs, especially the nine-part Life series." In this video he answers questions before The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee of the United Kingdom Parliament: