Diary

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29 August 2017 - 31 August 2017

Defeating Our Own Nature

“... so far, man has been struggling with nature itself; from now on, it is his very nature he has to defeat.”  These words of Dénes Gábor, Nobel Prize winner scientist of Hungarian origin were the opening thoughts in my husband’s address at the awards ceremony of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize, where I also accompanied him.  Climate change and water crisis are all challenges the gravity, and even the existence of which were denied by many when I was at the same age as the participants of the Stockholm contest.  Since then, though, nature and scientific facts have confirmed those concerns several times over, often outlining prospects even grimmer than expected.  The young people we met here, though, also give us a reason to be optimistic about the future.  Among them are the members of the Hungarian team of the Szent László Grammar School in Kőbánya, Budapest.  They all understand and appreciate the issue and are working on a solution.  János attended various other meetings and seminars on water management in the Swedish capital, where we both had the privilege to meet their majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, as well as crown princess Victoria.