Michael Shellenberger on “Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All”
Michael has been fighting for a greener planet for decades. He is an author, environmental policy writer, a Time Magazine “Hero of the Environment”, and the founder and President of Environmental Progress, a research and policy organisation fighting for clean power and energy justice to achieve nature and prosperity for all.
But in 2019, as some claimed “billions of people are going to die,” contributing to rising anxiety, including among adolescents, Michael decided that, as a lifelong environmental activist, leading energy expert, and father of a teenage daughter, he needed to speak out to separate science from fiction.
What is really behind the rise of apocalyptic environmentalism? There are powerful financial interests. There are desires for status and power. But most of all there is a desire among supposedly secular people for transcendence. This spiritual impulse can be natural and healthy. But in preaching fear without love, and guilt without redemption, the new religion is failing to satisfy our deepest psychological and existential needs.
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