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Big Ag's Gifts for 2014

Andrew Gunther | Posted 12.23.2014 | Green
Andrew Gunther

It's a tradition of mine to write a note of gratitude to Big Ag for the many "gifts" they've bestowed upon us all over the past 12 months. Gifts that...

Turning Up the Heat On Climate Action -- No Time For Delay

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

In the five years since global leaders met in Copenhagen to discuss climate change, a lot has changed, and too much has stayed the same. In the past five years, more than 650 million people have been affected and more than 112,000 lives lost as a result of weather-related disasters.

4 Tips for Beating the Greenwashing Game

Maria Rodale | Posted 09.24.2014 | Green
Maria Rodale

We live in a world where companies use terms like "natural," "botanical," "pure," and "free" when their products are actually full of harmful chemicals.

Does Health Need a Color?

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Dr. Derek Yach

Health needs its own color, one that reflects the same potential that "green" does to be transformative, preventive, promotional, and innovative to make the attainment of health the natural and easy norm.

The Truth Behind Walmart's Green Claims

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 06.01.2014 | Green
Stacy Mitchell

Walmart wants to be seen as leader on the environment, even though it refuses to invest in sustainability beyond what pure profit-maximizing would entail.

Going to Jail on MLK's Birthday to Stop Keystone XL South: 'The Fierce Urgency of Now'

Tom Weis | Posted 03.21.2014 | Green
Tom Weis

It was in the spirit of Dr. King, and what he called "the fierce urgency of now," that I went to jail to stop Keystone XL South.

How Responsible Is Business for Social Responsibility?

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 02.05.2014 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Last month, the Brazilian mining company Vale was invited to present its perspective on a panel entitled, "Voices of Rights Holders in the Extractives Industry." This is like inviting the CIA to a panel on the rights of victims of torture.

Beyond COP 19: Accelerating Climate Protection

Asoka Bandarage | Posted 01.31.2014 | Green
Asoka Bandarage

Climate crisis, global inequalities, and resistance to necessary change all stem from the acceleration of competition over natural resources, especially energy. At the root of the crisis is the psychological dualism of 'self vs. other' separating humans from nature and each other.

China's Coal Policy: A Bait and Switch

Bill Chameides | Posted 11.26.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Is China really contemplating eschewing coal for cleaner fuels to address environmental issues like climate change?  Or is it just a case of China talking green while walking further and further down coal-emission road?

Greenwashed Palm Oil Marketing?

Robert Hii | Posted 10.08.2013 | Green
Robert Hii

What's in a word? According to consumer groups, when it comes to marketing products that use palm oil, everything. They issued a harsh statement this ...

Greenwashing or Real Progress for Animals?

Stephen Wells | Posted 08.26.2013 | Impact
Stephen Wells

Chief among our concerns is Tyson's long history of saying one thing and doing another. From its use of claustrophobic, constantly dim-lit "broiler houses" for chickens and "gestation crates" for pregnant sows, Tyson's track record on animal welfare is far from exemplary.

Seeking Sustainability

Ralph Nader | Posted 07.10.2013 | Green
Ralph Nader

There's little to debate about the enormous impact our commercial culture has had on our planet. But there is much to debate about how our culture of excess consumerism and materialism can be transitioned into one of more efficient restraint and responsibility.

Connecting the Dots Between Envelopes and Clearcuts: New Company Announcements in ForestEthics' Campaign Against SFI Greenwash

Kristi Chester Vance | Posted 06.30.2013 | Green
Kristi Chester Vance

This week Office Depot, Southwest Airlines, Cricket Communications, and Hewlett-Packard joined the growing market trend against the logging industry's greenwash program, The 'Sustainable Forestry Initiative' (SFI).

Reduce, Reuse, Rebrand? Coca-Cola and Chicago Team Up to Greenwash

Anna Lappé | Posted 06.25.2013 | Green
Anna Lappé

What if you woke up one morning to learn that your community had become enlisted to advertise for Coca-Cola? You didn't have a choice. People in neighborhoods across your city were told the same thing. That's basically what happened in the city of Chicago.

If You Can't Beat Them, Try to Silence Them With Lawyers: Really, SFI?

Todd Paglia | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Todd Paglia

Sustainable Forestry Initiative is the best greenwashing that money can buy. That's why so many companies have dropped the SFI label and it's also why the premier green building system, LEED, has refused SFI's many attempts to make SFI certified lumber eligible for LEED green building points.

Even Environmental Groups Can Greenwash

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 05.27.2013 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

Allowing large factory farms and other industrial agricultural operations to sell pollution credits to other sources doesn't reduce the overall amounts of poisons polluting our air and invading our watersheds, including the Chesapeake Bay.

Voluntary Standards Don't Make Fracking Safe

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 05.22.2013 | Green
J. Mijin Cha

The Center's efforts don't really change whether fracking can be done safely. What happens to fracking operators that aren't certified or who violate a performance standard?

Sustainability Is Trite

Anca Novacovici | Posted 03.10.2013 | Business
Anca Novacovici

Sustainability is a starting point. As a concept it is extremely relevant in our world today and it is by no means trite in that sense. But dialogue about sustainability is crucial to raising awareness and spurring action, and key to transforming our current situation.

The Bio-massacre Marches On

Jeff Gibbs | Posted 01.13.2013 | Green
Jeff Gibbs

I am tired of being told in private that green groups are against biomass, only to find biomass plant after biomass plant subsidized in the name of green energy, and now disguised as "combined heat and power" or merely tossed into existing coal plants.

Behind the Label: The Ideologies Behind The Lululemon Manifesto

Jessica Marati | Posted 11.28.2012 | Style
Jessica Marati

If I'm going to spend $68 on a sports bra, my money is better spent with a company that authentically embodies the values it promotes.

Eco Etiquette: 4 Things I've Learned

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 10.22.2012 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Send all your eco-inquiries to Jennifer Grayson at eco.etiquette@gmail.com. Questions may be edited for length and clarity. Well, my greenies, Miss E...

The Bully and the Business Man

Monika Mitchell | Posted 10.03.2012 | Business
Monika Mitchell

How much human misery and suffering will it take before we finally come together as citizens and incorporate a higher moral ethic into the pursuit of profit once and for all?

We Can't Put a Price on Nature

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 09.23.2012 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

The so-called "green economy," which governments, business leaders, and some environmental organizations touted at last month's summit in Rio de Janeiro, is actually a greenwashed economy.

Why Changing Your Lightbulbs Won't Save the Planet

Annie Leonard | Posted 09.16.2012 | Green
Annie Leonard

We need a big idea of how things could be better -- a morally compelling, ecologically sustainable and socially just idea that will not just make things a little better for a few, but a lot better for everyone. And we need to get active.

What Your Windows Aren't Telling You

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 07.02.2012 | Money

For advertisers, it's a sneaky trick to get you to buy their products. For consumers, it's called deception. The two key words savvy shoppers need...