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Futureorientation 4/2009

Dear reader. There are things that you simply have to consider, whether you want or not. The climate is such a thing. It used to be a subject for geographers, meteorologists and others with special interests, while most people were satisfied with the weather forecast on TV or, if they really burned for it, becoming members of environmental grassroots organisations.Today the subject is at the top of the media’s and politicians’ lists of interests and has hence become a topic for us all. All of the actors that filter the growing flow of information for us – journalists, politicians, scientists, opinion makers, and TV specialists – always come to the same conclusion: we must take the environment seriously.

Read on

Af Morten Grønborg, editor FO.

Theme: the Climate issue

Klaus Æ. Mogensen: Untraditional Solutions to Familiar Problems

Giant towers absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere. Desert areas covered in white plastic. Huge wind-powered ships shooting seawater high into the air. Stomach bacteria from kangaroos, implanted in cow stomachs. Read about the untraditional, but likely realistic, measures in the fight against climate change and their consequences

Sara Jönson and Sally Khallash Bengtsen: Roskilde Festival – User-driven for a Better Environment

For one week every year, Roskilde Festival is Denmark’s fifth-biggest city. This year, the Festival became truly active in the climate and environment debate through a range of initiatives implemented under the headline Green Footsteps – but the festivalgoers’ own climate initiatives were also remarkable

Sara Jönsson and Sally Khallash Bengtsen: Tomorrow’s User-involved Roskilde Festival – a future vision

Welcome to Roskilde Festival 2019 AD , where the environmental and climate-friendly initiatives have spread to everything from the transport system to garbage handling – and where the Festival has become the world’s most innovative and environmentally friendly

Jeffrey Saunders: Forget Denmark – the battleground is in the developing world

The battleground of the future is in the poor and underdeveloped regions of the world with its teeming billions of people. Their economies are already shaping global demand for energy-efficient products

Michael Rothenborg: Costa Kalundborg

”A quick spring is superseded by a long and hot summer interrupted by thunderstorms of tropical dimensions. Heavy storms follow into the autumn, after which winter drowns in rain with minimal chances of snow.” This is the weather forecast for Denmark in the second half of the 21st century

Morten Grønborg: Quiet Rain on The Window, Godbye!

Michael Rothenborg’s Tordenregn takes an unsentimental and balanced look at the coming century’s climate change at Danish latitudes

Jacob Suhr Thomsen: Frontrunners full of biogas

Enough talk about COP15, climate change and windmill parks. Meet two young entrepreneurs who, taking the soupspoon into their own hands, take the climate and local environment seriously

Johan Peter Paludan’s column: Nature doesn't exist - long live nature

Does nature have a future? It hardly even has a present. It is of course a question of how we define nature

Nikolina Olsen-Rule: Radical Rethinking of Design and Production

Cradle to Cradle is a radical rethinking of the way we design and construct our surroundings. The idea is to let products be born and reborn in a cyclic system. The central point is that waste should be eliminated by transforming it into nourishment, which can be fed directly into a new product cycle. If the ideas are combined with political will and action, we can be well on the way into a climate-friendly paradigm shift for production and design

Marie Kraul and Sascha Amarasinha: Put the Climate on the Agenda

All companies should have some sort of climate strategy and consider how to communicate it

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Gitte Larsen: ”Common Ground” – a vision

The time has come to create balance and synergy between feminine and masculine qualities in life and business. We face common failures and challenges like the financial crisis and the climate crisis. New questions arise, and we each on our own try find answers to our challenges. Four women have written a book, Common Ground – en fælles vinderstrategi for mænd og kvinder i livet og i business (Common Ground – a common winner strategy for men and women in life and in business), where they share their dreams for a better future

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