Michael Shellenberger is a Time Magazine “Hero of the Environment” and Green Book Award-winning author and policy expert. For a quarter-century he has advocated solutions to lift all people out of poverty while protecting the natural environment.
Michael is coauthor of visionary books and essays including “The Death of Environmentalism,” Break Through, An Ecomodernist Manifesto, “Evolve,” and Love Your Monsters. He writes for publications including Scientific American, The New York Times, and the Washington Post.
His research, writings and talks challenge the idea that rising energy consumption is bad for the environment. Michael has made the intertwined moral and scientific case for energy and environmental justice in “An Ecomodernist Manifesto,” written with 17 other leading scholars and scientists, in “Why Energy Transitions are the Key to Environmental Progress,” coauthored with Rachel Pritzker, and a TEDx talk, “How Humans Save Nature.”
Michael is a leading pro-nuclear environmentalist. Michael was featured in “Pandora’s Promise,” an award-winning film about environmentalists who changed their minds about nuclear. He appeared on “The Colbert Report,” and has debated nuclear on CNN “Crossfire” with Ralph Nader, and at UCLA with Mark Jacobsen. His 2016 TED talk is on “How Fear of Nuclear Hurts the Environment.”
Michael’s 2007 book with Ted Nordhaus, Break Through, was called “prescient” by Time and “the best thing to happen to environmentalism since Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring” by Wired. Michael is co-founder and Senior Fellow at Breakthrough Institute where he was president from 2003 – 2015 and advisor to MIT’s “Future of Nuclear Energy” task force.
Michael has been profiled in the New York Times, Wired, the San Francisco Chronicle, the National Review, The New Republic, and on NPR. His research and writing have appeared in The Harvard Law and Policy Review, Democracy Journal, the PLOS Biology, The New Republic the Wall Street Journal; and cited by the New York Times, Slate, USA Today, Washington Post, New York Daily News, The New Republic.
Michael has been an environmental and social justice advocate for over 25 years. In the 1990s Michael helped save an old-growth redwood forest, and helped force Nike to improve factory conditions in Asia. In the 2000s, Michael advocated for and helped realize an expansion of federal investment in renewables and energy efficiency.