Is Climate Change the Biggest Environmental Concern?
A nuanced conversation with lifelong environmental activist, Michael Shellenberger

Michael Shellenberger

Founder & President, Environmental Progress

Benjamin Lee Preston (moderator)

Dir, Community Health & Env. Policy Prgrm - RAND

July 20, 2020 11:00 AM    Webinar

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Join us for a discussion on the future of climate activism with Michael Shellenberger, a leading energy, security and environmental expert named “Hero of the Environment” by Time magazine. While Shellenberger  has been a lifelong environmental activist,  he now argues that “climate alarmism” is distracting us from dealing with important environmental problems, including those that led to the current coronavirus pandemic. He posits, while climate change is real, it is not the end of the world nor even the biggest environmental challenge we face. 


Shellenberger’s new book Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All, provides extensively researched argument for a rational approach to the environmental issues facing humankind. The conversation will address climate alarmism and the future of climate activism — but it will also parse out the environmental concerns Shellenberger is most concerned by, and the steps he suggests we all should be taking to combat these threats. The discussion will be moderated by Benjamin Lee Preston, a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and director of the Community Health and Environmental Policy program. 

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Michael Shellenberger is the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He advises policymakers around the world, including in the U.S., Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Belgium.

Benjamin Preston is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and director of Community Health and Environmental Policy, a program of RAND Social and Economic Well-Being. He is also a professor at Pardee RAND Graduate School. His recent research efforts include understanding the role of knowledge in climate risk management, analysis of disaster recovery options and their implementation in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, scenario analysis for a low-carbon future, and the implications of COVID-19 for the delivery of infrastructure services.