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Bhopal 30 Years On: Lessons From a Toxic Tragedy

Annie Leonard | Posted 02.02.2015 | Green
Annie Leonard

I was in Bhopal, India 10 years after the 1984 disaster in which a now infamous Union Carbide pesticide plant released 27 tons of a toxic chemical into a crowded sleeping city, killing 8,000 people immediately and over 20,000 to date. I

Training the Citizen Muscle

Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D. | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

Photo: I.Rimanoczy A few days ago I was in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and saw multiple ads on the streets inviting citizens to gather in their nei...

Rebuild the Economy, Stupid!

Zack Exley | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Zack Exley

America has come to the breaking point. Our ability to think our way to a solution is temporarily impaired thanks to the utterly devastating annihilation of reasonable economic ideas by the neo-liberal revolution. So before we rebuild the economy, we've got a job ahead of us to rebuild some ideas.

Kate Sheppard

Greenpeace USA Names New Executive Director | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.06.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Greenpeace USA announced new leadership on Tuesday, tapping filmmaker, author and environmental activist Annie Leonard to serve as its n...

Waving the White Flag

Annie Leonard | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
Annie Leonard

"My vote can't make a difference. All politicians are the same. Sitting it out is better than voting for the lesser of two evils." No, no and no. Think about it.

The iPhone and Consumer Guilt

Annie Leonard | Posted 05.30.2012 | Green
Annie Leonard

Next time someone says they feel guilty for owning an iPhone, ask if they were the one who decided to maintain a 73% profit margin while underpaying workers on 18-hour-shifts. To roll out new models at breakneck speed? To use conflict minerals and toxic chemicals?

Don't Be Stupid, Cupid -- Show Your Love Responsibly

Annie Leonard | Posted 04.11.2012 | Green
Annie Leonard

Most roses and other flowers sold in the United States are imported from Colombia, where the cut flower industry is also known to use child workers and forced labor.

We're Not Broke!

Annie Leonard | Posted 01.08.2012 | Green
Annie Leonard

We're not really broke -- our public money has just been hijacked. Our new film, The Story of Broke, shines a light on the dumb choices our elected so-called leaders are making with our money.

A Prayer for the Planet: Chatting With DJ Logic Plus Nikka Costa

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.04.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

A Prayer For The Planet, DJ Logic's latest album, is a collaboration with Jason Miles, his partner, and also Falguni Shah.

Why Democracy Only Works When People Are in Charge

Annie Leonard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Annie Leonard

2011-03-01-corporationscopy.jpgA recent poll by Hart Research found that 85 percent of Americans say corporations have too much influence on our democracy.

Surfers Spread the Message of Responsible Shopping this Holiday Season

Heather Box | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Heather Box

Kyle Thiermann, a 20-year-old professional surfer from Santa Cruz California, stood in a clothing factory in Sri Lanka amongst the commotion of the sewing machines.

Choose Family Over Frenzy

Annie Leonard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Annie Leonard

Our out-of-control consumption has taken a toll on the planet, our family budgets and the quality of our lives at home. What is the use of a new Pottery Barn table if we don't have a gang of friends to gather around it?

The Story of Electronics: Make 'Em Safe, Make 'Em Last, Take 'Em Back

Annie Leonard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Annie Leonard

Why should taxpayers pay to safely recycle every toxic, poorly designed, short-lived piece of electronic gadgetry that comes through the system? It's time we hold manufacturers responsible for their product design decisions.

Why We Made the Story of Cosmetics

Stacy Malkan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Stacy Malkan

We are living in a time when one in two American men and one in three women will get some type of cancer in their lifetimes. This is not acceptable. This is not the way it was when our grandparents were born. Why is it this way now?

The Story of Cosmetics: What's Really in Your Personal Care Products?

Annie Leonard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Annie Leonard

Turns out the average American bathroom is a minefield of toxic chemicals. Sunscreens, lipstick, moisturizer, shaving cream -- many cosmetics contain chemicals linked to cancer or other health problems like learning disabilities.

World Water Day Webcast With Annie Leonard And Elizabeth Royte

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

In honor of World Water Day, this Wednesday, March 24th at 8pm EST, HuffPost Blogger Kerry Trueman will be holding a live Vokle chat with Story Of Stu...

The Story of Bottled Water: Fear, Manufactured Demand and a $10,000 Sandwich

Annie Leonard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Annie Leonard

In the last few decades, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Nestle and other big beverage companies have spent untold millions making us afraid of tap water.

Annie Leonard On Colbert (VIDEO): The Life-Cycle Of Our Stuff

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Environmental activist/consumerist critic Annie Leonard appeared on The Colbert Report Tuesday to discuss her new book, "The Story of Stuff," which wa...

The Story of Stuff: Externalized Costs and the $4.99 Radio

Annie Leonard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Annie Leonard

A UN study has found that the cost of environmental damage by the 3,000 largest publicly held corporations in the world is $2.2 trillion, more than one-third of their profits if they were held financially accountable.

Haiti: The Aid Masquerade

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Kerry Trueman

How many thousands of Haitians could have survived the earthquake if the country weren't crippled by chronic poverty, shoddy infrastructure, and environmental degradation?

Eco Etiquette: How To Stop People From Buying You Useless 'Green' Tchotchkes

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

My aunt, who has a heart of gold, has recently become impassioned about environmental issues. Seems great, right? Well unfortunately she thinks being ...

Capitalism: Never Enough?

Jim Selman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Selman

The epidemic of designer stores is symptomatic of the buying binge we've been on for the last half-century.

Thank You, Glenn Beck: The Sequel

Melissa Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Melissa Bradley

Tides would like to extend our thanks to Glenn Beck for helping to generate attention for "The Story of Stuff", one of the projects we proudly support -- though his assertions were totally bizarre.

Humana Mailer Targets Elderly, Claims Medicare Benefits To Be Cut

Dawn Teo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dawn Teo

The letter enclosed in the mailer tries to convince Medicare recipients that their benefits could be cut if the current health insurance reform plans are enacted.

Speaking Power to "Truth"

Melissa Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Melissa Bradley

The Right is intensifying their attacks on the nonprofit organizations. These attacks are no longer just the sphere of the right wing blogosphere; now they're going mainstream.