I was shocked to read the news this week that several corporations with long track records of polluting the environment and their public relations firms hired corporate spies to steal documents from Greenpeace. Greenpeace is suing the companies and individual involved -- once again, bringing to light environmental crimes.
This news was especially of interest to me as some of the espionage apparently took place while I was on the Greenpeace board of directors in the late 1990s. I began my career as a Greenpeace activist nearly 30 years ago, with the idea that I could make the world a better place by calling attention -- shedding light -- on environmental "crimes" would catalyze the action needed to force change.
Today I work for Seventh Generation because I still want to make change, but now by being part of the solution with a company that is trying to serve as an example of a different way to do business. It seems to me that there is no more egregious example of how business needs to change than the idea that a company would rather try to stop an environmental organization from drawing attention to the problems they were causing than to fix them.
My Greenpeace t-shirts are all pretty old at this point, so I'm refreshing my supply through Greenpeace's online shop at CafePress. My family will be seeing some this holiday season, too.
A portion of the proceeds from the purchase of eco-friendly Greenpeace gift items support their critical work to stop global warming, protect our forests, and defend our oceans.
I can't think of a better way to show my support honesty, transparency, and a green and peaceful planet this holiday season.