With news that global carbon dioxide emissions have reached record levels, the need to switch to a low-carbon economy is more urgent than ever. However, the urgency of this crisis does not absolve us of the responsibility to move forward in a just, sustainable way.
Walmart's new green labels are more of the same -- a way to keep the public conversation about the company's impact confined within its own narrow terms, all the while obscuring the deep problems at the heart of Walmart's business model.
Last week, a landmark bill was finally signed into law by outgoing Costa Rican president Laura Chinchilla. This tenuous victory is but the latest chapter in the trials and tribulations of the oft forgotten Afro-Descendant minorities that make their home on the shores of the Caribbean Sea.
Corporate ethics is booming. Every major company has its own Corporate Social Responsibility program. CSR consulting is big business, and more and more companies are following suit. But is social responsibility also economically sustainable?
The problem with organizations that adopt a bottom line orientation toward sustainability is that they only do those things that are visible and have a quick financial payoff. They spread a veneer over the organization, but they do not change its essential nature.
While adults know there is no Santa Claus, they are less knowledgeable about the difference between green practices and green washing -- the act of saying something is green, instead of it actually being green.
We need to reclaim the valuable ad space within ourselves that BP has so smugly painted green and yellow. We need to challenge our notions that everything in this world is inexhaustible and put here solely for human use.