10 August, 2010

Welcome to baobab 2050!

The subjects covered in this blog are energy, sustainability, limits to growth, finance and economics, and all their myriad interconnections.

The baobab tree can grow to gargantuan dimensions. Its bark is fire resistant, it provides food rich in vitamin C and calcium, it stores tens of thousands of litres of water, and its branches and hollowed-out trunk serve as shelter for humans and animals alike. Many baobab trees have been radio-carbon dated to ages of several thousand years old, more than 10 times the current age of our industrial civilisation. The baobab truly deserves its nickname as “The Tree of Life”!

The former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics and a successor to Sir Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking, is famous not just for his work in theoretical physics and cosmology, but also for his prediction that for human civilisation to survive past the next couple of centuries, it must transcend impending limits to growth by going on to colonize the stars. Taking time lags between causes and consequences into account, I believe that by 2050 when my children’s generation is in charge, we will have a pretty good idea if our civilisation stands a chance of reaching Stephen Hawking’s milestone unscathed, let alone reaching the ripe old age of the baobab tree, which will be a task for our grandchildren and beyond.

The purpose of baobab 2050, therefore, is to serve as a discussion forum for relevant information, research, studies and strategies, in matters of energy, economics, finance, limits to growth and sustainability, so as to facilitate better decisions over the long term. Everyone who considers himself or herself a stakeholder in the subjects being discussed here is welcome to create new posts, respond to existing posts, read or download any information that is posted here.

Happy blogging!

George C. Lordos (“GCL”)
Founding Editor, baobab 2050