Lyn Davis Lear is a social and political activist and philanthropist whose main passions are the arts and the environment, with a specific focus on climate change. A native Californian, she is the President of Lyn Lear Productions, a member of the board of trustees for the Sundance Institute, and serves on the board of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Over the years, Ms. Lear has been involved with numerous documentaries. She was credited as executive producer on “Cesar’s Last Fast,” a documentary about Cesar Chavez, which screened at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. Lyn Lear is currently working with director Louie Schwartzberg on an exciting new documentary called “Fantastic Fungi.” Together with esteemed mycologist Paul Stamets, they aim to show the world the wonders of mushrooms and how they can feed us, heal us, and even help reverse climate change.
In 2014, Lyn Lear produced the opening film, “What’s Possible,” for the UN Climate Summit for world leaders on September 23, 2014. While working with director Louie Schwartzberg, writer Scott Burns, actor Morgan Freeman and composer Hans Zimmer, she produced two films for the UN General Secretary, Ban Ki-moon. The second, “A World of Solutions,” was shown at the Lima, Peru UN summit in December 2014.
In 1989, while pregnant with their first child, Ms. Lear and her husband, Norman, co-founded the Environmental Media Association (EMA), with Alan and Cindy Horn. A nonprofit organization, EMA was created to harness the power of the entertainment industry and media to educate the global public about environmental issues and motivate sustainable lifestyles.
In 2005, former Vice President Al Gore presented her with the Ongoing Commitment Award on behalf of the Environmental Media Association. In 2008, Ms. Lear was given the Global Green Millennium Award for Entertainment Industry Environmental Leadership, and in 2013, Ms. Lear and Vice President Gore were given the Millennium Award of Excellence by UCLA’s Institute of Environment and Sustainability.
Some of Ms. Lear’s many other activities have included serving as an associate advisor to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and serving on the boards of the Norman Lear Center at USC, the Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center, Population Communication International, and the LA Women’s Political Committee.
Ms. Lear, who holds a license in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and a PhD in Clinical Psychology, is married to producer Norman Lear and is the mother of three children.
LYN LEAR PRODUCTIONS
Lyn Lear Productions aims to inspire, educate and activate people on global environmental issues through television, film and all forms of media.
Now, more than ever, we see how climate change is affecting lives and communities around the world. The urgency to mobilize people for action at every level – local to global – is clear. We have an obligation to our children and grandchildren to turn the climate change crisis around before it is too late. We have all the technology necessary to achieve this; all that is really needed is the faith that if we work together as a connected global society, we can accomplish these goals.