Michael Shellenberger is the President of Environmental Progress (EP), a research and policy organization.Environmental Progress was founded to achieve two goals: lift all humans out of poverty and save the natural environment.
Michael’s work didn’t just start with Environmental Progress, he 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.
As Founder and President of Environmental Progress, Michael is one of the world’s leading pro-nuclear environmentalists and was named a TIME magazine “Hero of the Environment”. His efforts to date have helped save 14 nuclear reactors around the world, from Illinois and New York to South Korea, which prevented an increase in emissions equivalent to adding 14 million cars to the road.
Michael is also a regular contributor to Forbes. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, Nature Energy, and PLOS Biology. Michael’s TED talks have been viewed over 1.5 million times.
Michael is coauthor of visionary books and essays including “An Ecomodernist Manifesto,” “The Death of Environmentalism,” and “Break Through,” which was called “prescient” by Time and “the best thing to happen to environmentalism since Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring” by Wired Magazine. Michael is co-founder and Senior Fellow at Breakthrough Institute where he was president from 2003 – 2015 and served as an advisor to MIT’s “Future of Nuclear Energy” task force.