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"Atoms for Nature: The Heroic Journey of a Beautiful Idea"

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Michael Shellenberger is an award-winning author and environmental policy expert. For a quarter-century he has advocated solutions to lift all people out of poverty while lessening humankind's environmental impact.

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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 AmericanThe New York Timesand the Washington Post.

Michael is a passionate advocate of the right of poor nations to develop. 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 justice in "An Ecomodernist Manifesto," written with 17 leading other 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 is a Time Magazine "Hero of the Environment" and a Green Book Award winner. His 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 TimesWired, the San Francisco Chronicle, the National ReviewThe New Republic, and on NPR. His research and writing have appeared in The Harvard Law and Policy ReviewDemocracy Journal, the PLOS BiologyThe New Republic the Wall Street Journal; and cited by the New York TimesSlateUSA TodayWashington PostNew York Daily NewsThe New Republic.

Michael has been and 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.

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If you would like accommodations to attend this event, please contact Nora Herzog, nherzog2@wisc.edu.

Please join Distinguished Lecture Series for an evening with Michael Shellenberger. The doors to Memorial Union's Shannon Hall will open at 7:00 PM.

Lecture is open, unticketed, and FREE to both students and the public, and will end with a 30 minute Q&A.

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