Thursday the 6th of November Crawford “Buzz” Holling was awarded the Volvo Environmental Prize 2008. Buzz was awarded for his pioneering work in resilience theory and implementation.
Crawford “Buzz” Holling
A much appreciated panel debate was held with participation by the laureate Buzz Holling, Jacqueline McGladen, Johan Rockström, Stefan Fölster and the host, the Volvo Group CEO Leif Johansson.
For us bus people, the example of resilience with respect to global warming was most interesting. When looking at transports of person, it was agreed that the high value of meeting families and friends, together with the increasing internationalisation and growth of population, will lead to increased need for transports.
Although, Jacqueline McGladen remarked that we need to find other values for measuring the progress of society than economical growth. Rather than decreasing the number of journeys, its becoming increasingly important to reduce the environmental load of the transports them self and to make it easier to change to the most environmentally friendly mode for that specific part of the journey, considering all modes of transports. Increased use of buses was mentioned as an example. But, Jacqueline exemplified how Danish school children could decrease the need for bus journeys going from six buses to three, by changing the time for the start of the school day slightly. That’s when Leif Johansson remarked that he was trying to make a living from selling buses 🙂
At the dinner, I had the honour to sit next to Siv Persson at WWF. One of the inevitable questions, also discussed by the panel, is; how many people can the planet take? And, for WWF and all of us the question is also which impact on wild life and nature is acceptable. Even if entrepreneurship and development of technology can take us far in solving common issues like global warming, additional actions are needed to preserve the nature that we still have.