Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Topic > GMOs are Green: How an Environmentalist
Changed His Mind on Biotechnology
Mark Lynas is a British author, journalist and environmental activist who frequently speaks about climate science and policy. He is the author of The God Species: How the Planet Can Survive the Age of Humans (2011), published in the United States by National Geographic. His previous books on climate change include High Tide: News from a Warming World (2004) and Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet (2007), winner of the Royal Society Prize for science writing, translated into 22 languages and adapted for a National Geographic Channel special. His most recent publication is the Kindle Single ebook, Nuclear 2.0: Why a Green Future Needs Nuclear Power (2013), which topped the nonfiction Kindle Singles sales chart in the United Kingdom.
Lynas was born in Fiji in 1973, and grew up in Peru, Spain and the United Kingdom. He holds a degree in history and politics from the University of Edinburgh, where he edited the student newspaper. He joined a web start-up called OneWorld.net and helped turn it into the world’s most-accessed internet portal for human rights and sustainable development issues. He became a freelance writer in 2000, working full-time on climate change. He is active as a broadcast commentator and journalist, writing for The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent and various other publications, as well as appearing on radio and television news and discussion programs including the BBC World Service.
In 2009 he was appointed advisor on climate change to Mohammed Nasheed, president of the Maldives, who was endeavoring to make the Maldives the first carbon neutral country on Earth by 2020. Nasheed was deposed in 2012.
Lynas parted company with many in the environmental community in 2010, when he became an advocate for genetically modified crops that he believes offer benefits to health, food security and environmental susceptibility.
He has been a visiting research associate at Oxford University’s School of Geography and the Environment, a member of the advisory board of the science advocacy group Sense About Science, and vice-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies. In October 2013 Lynas was appointed a visiting fellow at Cornell University’s Office of International Programs at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. His responsibilities include advising the university's work on public sector biotechnology in developing countries to support environmental and food security improvements.
$8 General Public
$6 UW System Faculty/Staff • Age 62 & Over
$4 UW System Student • Age 17 & Under
Student tickets are $2 until the day of the event
All seats are general admission
A typical Forum program includes a 60-minute lecture and a 30-minute question-and-answer session, followed by an informal open reception. The reception for this event will take place in the Dakota Ballroom, Davies Center 340. Books will be sold by the University Bookstore for signing by the speaker during the reception.
This event will be signed for the deaf and hard of hearing. Assistive listening devices and large-print programs are also available upon request.
The Forum is funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
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