On 24th February in Academic Priority Time, Mr Mathews was
kind enough to deliver a fascinating talk on what the world might be like in
2050. Mr Mathews described the current situation “at the heel of exponential
change.” He talked about how changes in our lifestyle could make a population
of nine million sustainable on earth.
He talked about simple water-filtering and raised some interesting
points of vertical farming. The audience was clearly intrigued, as they learned
about technology they had never heard of before. Mr Mathews covered all the essentials
to life, as he spoke about energy, water, shelter, transport and food. He spoke
particularly passionately about growing meat in the University of Maastricht,
as he said livestock produces 18% of the global warming effects. He mentioned
that if everyone lived a Western lifestyle there would be “catastrophic”
consequences for the environment.
He concluded the talk with a thought-provoking line saying that “The
future does not have to be bleak if we make the right choices.” It was
remarkable how Mr Mathews covered such a large topic in such a short period of
time. I’m sure we speak on behalf of everyone at that talk in saying “Thank you”
to Mr Mathews for such an interesting talk.
Report by Freddie Grant and Tom Whitbread, 6.1s