Martin Wright

Public Speaker in London, United Kingdom

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Martin has 25 years’ experience as a writer, editor, adviser and speaker on environmental solutions and sustainable futures.

He has written for a wide range of newspapers, magazines and websites, including The Guardian, The Times, New Scientist, Newsweek and The Times of India.

He was formerly Editor in Chief of Green Futures (now The Futures Centre), an Editor at Tomorrow Magazine and a Director of Forum for the Future. He was based in Mumbai in 2013-15, launching Forum in India.

Awards include Science and Environment Journalist of the Year and the Global Green Future Leadership Award [unrelated to the magazine].

He has spoken at and chaired events for The Guardian, the UK Government, the UN, the RSA, Forum for the Future, Ethical Corporation and others in London, New York, Delhi, Mumbai and Beijing. He was MC of the World Sustainable Development Summit, 2016.

His TED talk on ‘The New Environmentalism’ topped the bill at the 2014 TEDx event in London. View the talk here.

An award-winning journalist, he has broadcast on major radio and TV networks, including the BBC, Sky, Al Jazeera and independent television.

He chaired the judging panel of the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards in 2012-13.

As both a journalist and Visiting Judge for the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy, Martin has travelled extensively in Asia and Africa, researching and reporting at first hand on frontline environment and development issues, and in particular the potential of sustainable solutions to lift people out of poverty and simultaneously conserve the environment in some of the most challenging circumstances.

Organisations he has worked with at senior management or board level include Greenpeace, WWF, The Guardian, Unilever, Sainsbury’s, Tata, BT, Marks & Spencer and the UK, Indian and Chinese Governments, among others.

Martin is a Director of Positive News, sits on a number of advisory boards and acts as mentor to new initiatives. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), Senior Affiliate of Forum for the Future and a Futerra Associate.

He is an expert at communicating sustainability crisply, clearly and with a complete lack of bullshit, and at bringing complex issues down to earth. He enjoys helping others acquire and apply these skills.