About baobab 2050

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.

baobab: The baobab tree can grow to gargantuan dimensions. Its bark is rumored to be fire resistant, it provides food rich in vitamin C and calcium, it stores tens of thousands of litres of water in its swollen trunk, and its branches and hollowed-out trunk serve as shelter for animals and humans alike. Many baobab trees have been dated to ages of several thousand years old, more than an order of magnitude older than our industrial civilisation. For all the above, the baobab truly deserves its nickname as “The Tree of Life”!

2050: The former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge – literally 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 2100, 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 our 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 comments, respond to existing posts, read or download any information that is posted here.

A few words about me: I am 43 years old, married with two children. I have a background in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Christ Church, Oxford, and a MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. My daytime jobs are in food (frozen and fresh), energy consulting and solutions, and information technology. There are no prizes for guessing that reading and writing are among my favourite hobbies, so I wish you all Happy blogging!

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