German philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” Yet while the world invests oodles of resources into ineffectively tackling climate change, millions of people are dying from HIV/AIDS, malaria and malnutrition, relatively low-hanging fruit on the tree of global problems. Political scientist Bjørn Lomborg applies economic principles to prioritize the world’s problems and provides stone-cold objectivity and insight into curing Earth of its grossest ills. getAbstract recommends his refreshing lecture to those interested in global solutions, philanthropy and clear thought.
In this summary, you will learn
- What pressing challenges humanity faces,
- Why society should perform cost-benefit analyses on solutions to these problem and prioritize the most viable projects, and
- Why tackling climate change is not a top priority.
About the Speaker
Political scientist Bjørn Lomborg is the director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center.
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