Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day Suffers from Gang-Green


Reclaiming Earth Day, an excellent essay by Brian Tokar, ecosocialist and long-time critic of corporate domination of the Green movement.

In 2000, I was shocked to attend a Sierra Club meeting to find that, while my back was turned, the organization had become top-down, centralized and corporatized. That's what I get for not paying attention. It's happened to all the Big Greens, who have adopted the corporate model for their internal organization, so they can get big bucks from Big Business to do the Big Work.

So they say.

Nature doesn't know compromise, only loss. When Green organizations go to bed with Big Business, the resulting offspring is Big and no longer Green. Ecowarriors have become ecowhores, chasing the dollar, ignoring the fact that the bottom line for corporations is profit for shareholders and they'll do anything to get it.

Anything.

Fortunately, there are many principled environmentalists among us still working at the grass roots, using the few dregs of environmental laws that still have some teeth in them.

"Never doubt that a small dedicated group of people can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead