Thinking again about the future and prospects for humanity

Lord Martin Rees, Sir Charles Godfray
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17:00 - 18:00
Oxford Martin School - Online Event Series
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Lectures and seminars
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In his 2018 book, On the Future, Martin Rees (Lord Rees of Ludlow, OM FRS), an astrophysicist and cosmologist and the UK's Astronomer Royal, argued that humanity has reached a critical moment.

Our world is unsettled and rapidly changing, and we face existential risks over the next century. Various outcomes - good and bad - are possible. Yet our approach to the future is characterised by short-term thinking, polarising debates, alarmist rhetoric, and pessimism. Achieving the best prospects for humanity will depend on our taking a very different approach to planning for tomorrow than we do at present.

In conversation with Professor Sir Charles Godfray, Martin Rees will explore how the global experience of the COVID-19 pandemic might change the way societies and policymakers grapple with the major challenges of the 21st century.

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