Why I Joined the Greenpeace Board 2.0
Greenpeace is one of the best known environmental groups in America, and even better known around the world. They fall roughly left of center in the spectrum of environmental organizations, right about where I do. They combine careful and thoughtfully researched work with bold actions that capture our imagination and spirit.
At 35, they haven’t entirely lost their adolescence but are at the same time a fully responsible adult. They are led by a real visionary, John Passacantando, who believes in the same possibilities I do, and is willing to do what ever it takes the make the world a just and sustainable place for generations to come. Just the kind of guy I like to hang out with.
Greenpeace is truly an international organization with offices in more than 30 countries. That global perspective is critical to developing solutions in a world where we are increasing interdependent.
Greenpeace has already made a huge difference. I want to help them to make an even bigger one. While they are known as environmental activists, I’d like to help ensure that every problem they take on is grounded systemically so that the eventual solutions embody social justice as much as environmental sustainability.
The organization accepts no money from corporations, Seventh Generation included. That’s pretty amazing in a world where most politicians are bought and paid for by business, and the number of non-profit environmental organizations that have followed in their path are few and far between.
Greenpeace is inspiring the next generation of social change agents. I saw it myself at the Change-It program we just completed together in DC. Yes, they taught non-violent protest, imparted skills, and helped develop strategy , but more importantly they left over 100 kids with a hugely expanded sense of the possibilities there are for them to make the world a better place.
I believe that in the next 10 years Greenpeace can expand it’s impact 10 fold. While they will continue to work to ban commercial whaling, convince the world’s leaders to eliminate the threat of a nuclear disaster, stop global warming, and the reverse the destruction of forests and our oceans, I also hope to contribute to their vision of the world we want to live in. A world that is less about what we don’t want and more about what we do want.