Martin Wright

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Senior Affiliate


Martin writes, edits, advises and speaks on environmental solutions and sustainable futures.

He tries to do so “in a way which inspires and excites people, rather than leaving them feeling preached at, guilt-tripped, baffled by jargon or just plain bored. Which is all too often the case.”

He works independently, and for Forum for the Future, Collectively, The Guardian, Ashden Awards and Futerra.

Organisations he has worked with over the years include Unilever, Marks & Spencer, Shell, Sainsbury’s, Tata, BT, Aditya Birla Group, Ecotricity, Greenpeace, WWF, DfID, The Guardian, BBC and many more.

He has just completed two years in Mumbai as Director of Forum for the Future (India), successfully launching Forum in the sub-continent and developing a raft of new business there.

As a journalist, he has written for a wide range of newspapers, magazines and websites, including The Guardian, The Financial Times, The Times, Newsweek, New Scientist, The Times of India, Huffington Post and many others.

 “Martin writes like a dream” – Jonathon Porritt

He has broadcast on various radio and TV networks, including the BBC radio and television, BBC World Service, Sky and independent television.

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

He was Founding Editor of Green Futures (now reborn as the Futures Centre) the world’s leading source of environmental solutions and sustainable futures, published by Forum for the Future.

He chairs the Editorial Board of Collectively, the new sustainability platform launched at Davos, aimed at the millennial generation, which is backed by a consortium of leading companies.

Martin has also chaired conferences and events for The Guardian, Forum for the Future, the RSA, the Confederation of Indian Industry and others in London, New York, Delhi, Mumbai and Beijing. He chaired the judging panel of the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards in 2012-13.

He has won a number of awards as both a writer and photographer, including Science and Environment Journalist of the Year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year (runner up) and Travelex Travel Writer of the Year (runner up).

He is Visiting Judge for the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

Martin has travelled extensively in Asia and Africa, reporting at first hand on frontline environmental 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.

On himself, he said: “In the phrase of my late friend, the brilliant Professor Anna Craft, I’m a ‘possibility thinker’.”