Restoring Science to Environment Policy
Thursday, 24 September 2015, 9am – 11am, London SW1

UK 2020 is delighted to be hosting Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus of the Breakthrough Institute and authors of An Eco-modernist Manifesto. This event will consider the future of environmentalism, and how policy at a UN, EU and state level needs to be guided by science and not ideology. Joining the panel are Mark Lynas of the Alliance for Science at Cornell University, Matt Ridley and Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, former UK Environment Secretary.

PANEL

  • Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, Chairman, UK 2020
  • Matt Ridley, Author
  • Mark Lynas, Cornell Alliance for Science, Cornell University, NY
  • Michael Shellenberger, President, Breakthrough Institute, CA
  • Ted Nordhaus, Chairman, Breakthrough Institute, CA

MODERATOR

  • Chris Bullivant, Executive Director, UK 2020

DETAILS

  • Thursday 24 September 2015 09.00 – 11.00 Registration, Tea and Coffee Reception
  • S T Lee Reading Room, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH

ATTENDANCE​

Attendance by invitation only.
To find out more please contact info@uk2020.org.uk

Media enquiries to beatrice@mippr.co.uk with details on Press Release

BIOGRAPHIES

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Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP
Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP has been the Member of Parliament for North Shropshire since 1997. Owen was Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (2012 – 2014), Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (2010 – 2012), Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (2007 – 2010), Shadow Minister for Transport (2006 – 2007), Shadow Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (2003 – 2005), PPS to the Leader of the Opposition (2001 – 2003), and Opposition Whip (2000 – 2001). As a backbencher he sat on the Agriculture, European Scrutiny, and Welsh Affairs Select Committees. He founded UK 2020 in 2014 in order to research and publish optimistic, outward-looking, electorally viable conservative policies as a vital contribution to the Conservative Party. Owen read History at the University of Cambridge, he also attended the National Leathers College, and spent twenty years in the leather industry before entering Parliament.
@Owen_PatersonMP

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Matt Ridley, Author
Matt Ridley’s books have sold over a million copies, been translated into 30 languages, been short-listed for nine major literary prizes and won several awards. His TED talk “When Ideas Have Sex” has been viewed more than two million times. With BA and DPhil degrees from Oxford University, he worked for the Economist for nine years as science editor, Washington correspondent and American editor, before becoming a self-employed writer and businessman. He was founding chairman of the International Centre for Life in Newcastle. He was non-executive chairman of Northern Rock plc and Northern 2 VCT plc. He also commissioned the Northumberlandia landform sculpture and country park. He founded the Mind and Matter column in the Wall Street Journal and is a weekly columnist for The Times. As Viscount Ridley, he was elected to the House of Lords in February 2013. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Photo Credit: Peter Walton
@mattwridley

Mark Lynas, Cornell Alliance for Science, Cornell University, NY

Mark Lynas is the author of several books on the environment, including High Tide, Six Degrees, and The God Species. His most recent publication, in July 2013, was the Kindle Single ebook Nuclear 2.0: Why a green future needs nuclear power. He is a frequent speaker around the world on climate change, biotechnology and nuclear power, and was climate change advisor to the President of the Maldives between 2009 and 2011. In October 2013 he was appointed a Visiting Fellow at Cornell University’s Office of International Programs at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He is also a member of the advisory board of the science advocacy group Sense About Science, and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Decarbonising Energy, which focuses on sustainable energy to mitigate climate change.
@mark_lynas

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Michael Shellenberger, President, Breakthrough Institute, CA

Michael Shellenberger is a leading global thinker on energy and the environment. He is cofounder and president of Breakthrough Institute, and coauthor of An Ecomodernist Manifesto. His book Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility, coauthored with Ted Nordhaus, was called “the best thing to happen to environmentalism since Silent Spring” by Wired. In 2008, he was named a TIME magazine “Hero of the Environment.”
@MichaelBTI

ted_3Ted Nordhaus, Chairman, Breakthrough Institute, CA

Ted Nordhaus is a leading global thinker on energy and the environment. He is cofounder and chairman of Breakthrough Institute, and coauthor of An Ecomodernist Manifesto. His book Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility, coauthored with Michael Shellenberger, was called “the best thing to happen to environmentalism since Silent Spring” by Wired. In 2008, he was named a TIME magazine “Hero of the Environment.”
@TedNordhaus

AN ECOMODERNIST MANIFESTO

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