Mattel's paper purchasing polices are weaker than Ken's plastic handshake. On Tuesday Greenpeace released a dossier of new evidence showing how Mattel is wrapping the world's most famous toy in rainforest destruction.
Right now, 'the world in which we live and play' is in trouble. For companies like Mattel, cute phrases aren't enough. They need strict rules to prevent rainforest destruction from contaminating their toys.
Yesterday I attended the symposium "Forests at Risk: Climate Change and the Future of the American West," organized by the non-profit For the Forest in Aspen, Colorado. Al Gore was the keynote speaker and concluded the symposium with a call to action.
House Republicans want to pass a continuing resolution that would cut $3 billion from EPA funding, eliminate its top positions, and block its ability to require that wealthy companies reduce carbon pollution.
Tropical rainforests are called the lungs of the earth, because they suck in pollution and breath out clean, healthy air. There is a darker side to this story, though -- without protection, these same forests could actually speed up global warming.
The White House, for whatever reason, did not want to disclose to the public how bad the oil spill could really be. Who was the White House protecting? Certainly not the American public. And certainly not the Gulf of Mexico.
Few Americans are engaged in this societal challenge in a way that would generate the necessary political will to act. It is the absence of public pressure that has resulted in the current state of political inaction.