About Bjørn Lomborg
Bjørn Lomborg was named as “One of the 100 Top Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy, both in 2010 and in 2011, as a Thought Leader by the 2011 Bloomberg New Energy and Finance Summit, and as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. He is an adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School, and author of The Skeptical Environmentalist and Cool It (Knopf). Cool It challenges our understanding of the environment and global warming and suggests that statements about the strong, ominous, and immediate consequences of global warming are often wildly exaggerated. Lomborg believes we need a stronger focus on smart solutions rather than excessive if well-intentioned efforts and thinks we must put global warming in perspective. Lomborg is also the subject of the Cool It documentary film, released in November 2012.
“Al Gore and the many people he has inspired have goodwill and great intentions,” says Lomborg. “But the problem is we will end up choosing very bad policies to solve problems we agree need attention if we follow his recommendations.”
Bjørn Lomborg has lectured around the world and is a frequent participant in the current climate debate, with commentaries in such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, The Daily and Sunday Telegraph, The Times (London), The Australian, and The Economist. He has also appeared on CNN, BBC, CNBC, ABC, and PBS.
In May 2004, Lomborg cofounded the “Copenhagen Consensus,” bringing together some of the world’s top economists in a forum to discuss challenges facing the world. “If we want to do good,” Lomborg asserts, “we need to ask the question where should we start?’”
In 2006, Lomborg became the director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, and a forum for the center held that same year brought together United Nations Ambassadors who, together, represented about half of the world’s population.
In his highly informative and well-researched presentations, Lomborg challenges widely held beliefs and addresses the most serious challenges facing the world today. He systematically examines today’s most important global crisis issues and offers sustainable solutions. Lomborg presented his views before the United States Congress in the joint hearing “Perspective on Climate Change,” of the House committees on Energy and Commerce and on Science and Technology. He testified second, after Al Gore.
Lomborg continues to be widely recognized for his integral contributions to society. In 2008, he was named one of the world’s 75 most influential people of the 21st century by Esquire, one of the “50 people who could save the planet” by the UK Guardian, and one of the top 100 public intellectuals by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazine.