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Thomas M. Kostigen
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Thomas M. Kostigen is coauthor of The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving The Planet One Simple Step at a Time (Three Rivers Press). He writes the "Ethics Monitor" column for Dow Jones MarketWatch. A longtime journalist and former Bloomberg News editor, Kostigen has been writing about global warming, the environment, social issues, and government policies for almost two decades and his work has appeared in numerous publications around the world.

He is a recognized expert and speaker on social responsibility, including issues such as water, electronic waste, energy consumption and carbon emissions. He is active in social causes domestically and abroad; he is an adviser to The Borgen Project, a nonprofit organization involved in poverty awareness, and a member of the Rainforest Action Network. He has reported from five continents, and from refugee camps in Africa and the Middle East, so his ability to connect the dots from simple, individual actions to global environmental causes is unique and widely admired.
His commentaries on environmental issues regularly appear in the popular press. Tom has appeared on LIME's Good Company program, CNBC, Westwood One radio, CBS radio and other outlets to discuss social and environmental causes. He is an advocate of corporate social responsibility and regularly works with CERES (Fortune 500 environmental organization), Coop America, The Social Investment Forum, and other organizations that aim to shift social and environmental awareness throughchanges in habits and policies.

He was recently tapped by the state of California as an environmental expert to help promote AB 32, the most progressive global warming legislation in the country, through PSAs andvideos to allstate agencies and town halls.

He believes in the philosophy that we all want to do good in the world, and "physicalizing" actions that are good -recycling, turning off the lights, etc.-empowers us to effect change; we will do good if we are shown how because we all have vested and personal interests in caring for the planet we live on.

Blog Entries by Thomas M. Kostigen

A Messiah Born Is Trouble

(1) Comments | Posted December 24, 2012 | 5:56 PM

The end of the world as we know is being predicted by environmentalists, religious leaders and warmongers alike -- never mind followers of the Mayan calendar who believe Dec. 21 began a new world era.

From calendar dates to carbon emission calculations to character descriptions of a coming "savior," there...

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Ahmadinejad and the Mahdi

(6) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 3:28 PM

With the election in the rearview mirror Iran is on the road ahead.

The online news and intelligence site DEBKAfile reports the Obama Administration aims to begin nuclear talks with Iran as soon as next month.

But the U.S. must change tactics.

The President of Iran,...

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Green Air Can Cure Healthcare Too

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2008 | 4:54 PM

As Washington figures ways to fix the economy and pump capital into the financial system, a fix that amounts to tens of billions of dollars a year is all around them: air.

The drag of poor air quality on the economy is mounting, costing the state of California alone close...

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3 Green Needs From The New President (Obama)

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2008 | 6:10 PM

Here are three things the new Administration can do for us to make the world (and the economy) better:

1) Provide more incentives for investments in alternative energy programs and levy taxes on carbon emissions.
2) Increase investments in water management and quality systems.
3) Produce tax rebates...

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We Need NRE (Natural Resource Education)

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2008 | 1:36 PM

By Thomas M. Kostigen

We often hear that the next generation must be saved from the effects we've waged on the environment. But how about teaching them to save themselves as well?

We need a national natural resource curriculum that includes lessons on climate change for students--kindergarten and above -...

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Green Is More Than Global Warming

(3) Comments | Posted October 2, 2008 | 12:51 AM

There is more to being green than the fight to stop global warming. All of our natural resources are in peril because of what we do and what that does to our planet. Yet, to hear the battle cry of environmentalists these days you'd think there's only one war to...

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All Politics is Local and Green Politics are No Exception

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2007 | 6:49 PM

Recently, we have seen yet another example of major leaders talking about global warming. It was one of the cornerstone issues of the recent Group of 8 Nations' meeting in Europe.

Unfortunately, as has been the case throughout his administration, President Bush once again rejected proposals to adopt concrete...

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