Mark Lynas

Environmental writer and pro-science campaigner


As an environmental activist in the mid-1990s, Mark Lynas participated in destruction and vandalism of GM crops in the UK, helping organise the campaign against genetic engineering across the country. Today he has come full circle, and is working with the US-based pro-science network the Cornell Alliance for Science, based at Cornell University and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of its work to tackle poverty and hunger in developing countries. Mark makes the case that GM crops could play an important role in making agriculture more sustainable, and that supporting scientific innovation is an important value if we are to achieve a better world.

Mark’s work as a pro-science campaigner currently involves several controversial area. He also defends climate science against the attacks of sceptics, work that began in 2004 with the publication of his book about global warming impacts, High Tide. His subsequent book Six Degrees was awarded the Royal Society science books prize in 2008, and made into a feature-length documentary film by National Geographic channel, voiced by Alec Baldwin. His 2011 book The God Species tells the story about our planet’s environmental crisis, and challenges some of the environmental movement’s sacred cows. His subsequent book Nuclear 2.0 made the case that nuclear power could play an important part in a carbon-neutral energy sector. Between 2009 and 2012 he was advisor on climate change to the President of the Maldives, accompanying the President to UN climate change negotiations and helping design the country’s carbon neutrality plan.

Mark has written for numerous national and international publications, including the Guardian, the Times, the New York Times and the Washington Post, as well as African and Asian newspapers. He has been a frequent contributor to broadcast news internationally on science controversies and the environment.

Twitter: @mark_lynas

Related speakers

Mishal Husain

BBC News & Radio Presenter

Ryan Prince

Hotel & Property Investor

Hilary Carty

Freelance Consultant

Keith Anderson

Chief Corporate Officer, ScottishPower

Merryn Somerset Webb

Merryn Somerset Webb

Editor-in-Chief, Moneyweek

Ed Petrie

Children's TV Presenter, CBBC