Bjorn Lomborg: Global priorities bigger than climate change Jaanika Rookmann Why did I choose this topic? I was made to. It was in English. It was on the right website – the TED page. It was business-related. It seemed interesting because I care about the environment and I have a shopping bag that I always use. I liked the title – I wanted to know what the biggest global problems are said to be. Main points of the talk – the biggest problems in the World It’s said that the biggest problems in the World are climate change, communicable diseases, conflicts, education, financial instability, governance and corruption, malnutrition and hunger, population migration, sanitation and water, subsidies and trade barriers. Main points of the talk There are limited sources in the World to solve the global problems, so we should focus on the ones that have the biggest impact for the least amount spent. The problem about dealing with climate change is that it’s too expensive, but does so little for the future, we might win just a few years time. The very best project to focus on would be HIV/AIDS – especially because it would be wise to focus on the prevention, which is also going to cost less than treatment. By avoiding people getting infected we would significantly increase their ability to deal with many of the other problems that they have to deal with - of course, in the long run, also to deal with global warming. Conclusion I agree that there are many important problems that need a solution and it’s really hard to choose which ones to focus on first. It would be good to solve all the problems, but I understand that there’s not enough money to do all at once. At first I strongly disagreed with the presenter because I find the climate change to be an important thing and I myself do my best not to pollute the Mother Earth. But I liked how he explained that the climate change is not that tangible, while for the other issues the solution is cheaper and can be seen sooner. Of course I recommend the video to the others, the topic is interesting and made me think what’s the most important. Thanks for watching!