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Closing speech - Professor Minik Rosing,
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Drastic global climate change is not the Earth’s destiny, delegates were told today at the conclusion of the RSE Mississippi symposium.

Mink Rosing, Professor of Geology at the University of Copenhagen, admitted that the planet’s environment is altering at an accelerated rate, but reminded participants that this is something that can be stopped using existing technologies.

Wrapping up the proceedings in the Grand Versailles ballroom of the New Orleans Hilton, the Greenland-born scientist expressed gratitude to HAH the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, RSE and to the people of New Orleans and memphis, for thire hospitality.

Mr Rosing also stressed the importance of merging religion and science in the international climate change debate. “We don’t act on rationality, what sets us in action is input that moves our spirit,” he said.

“Science describes the components of nature; religion deals with the aspects of human nature,” he added.

Detailing the delegates’ experiences over the past seven days, Mr Rosing explained that this symposium has concluded that climate change is no longer a theory; that the problem must be dealt with in an integrated manner; and that communication on key issues must be improved.

The final session also included the presentation of a video entitled Renewal, which highlighted the loss local residents have felt since Hurricane Katrina and the courage of communities in the clean-up process.


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