I’ve been invited to speak on mathematics and environmental issues at this conference:
• Forty-Second Annual Iranian Mathematics Conference (AIMC42), Vali-e-Asr University, Rafsanjan, Iran, 5-8 September 2011.
There is something inherently distasteful about flying around the world to talk about global warming, given the large amount of carbon burnt to fuel air travel. I’ve already turned down a couple of requests to give talks in the US and Europe, since they’re so far from my current home in Singapore. Only later did I think of the good solution, though it was perfectly obvious in retrospect: accept all these invitations to speak, but only on the condition that I give my talk over video-link. That may nudge institutions a bit towards the post-carbon future. They can accept or not, but either way they’ll have to think about these issues.
But Iran is close enough to Singapore, and the opportunity to speak about these issues to Iranian mathematicians is unusual enough, and potentially important enough, that I feel this talk is a good idea.
Do you know anything interesting about what Iranians, especially mathematicians or physicists, are doing about environmental issues?
(Note: I’m not interested in talking about politics here.)