Category: December 2014 – Special 100th Issue

Explorer, social entrepreneur and environmental advocate
interviewed by Cliff Feigenbaum, founder of GreenMoney Journal

One of the more enjoyable tasks at GreenMoney is interviewing true leaders in our world.

This interview features Philippe Cousteau, the son of Jan and Philippe Cousteau Sr. and grandson of Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau. As a member of this legendary family, Philippe is continuing the work of his father through EarthEcho International (www.earthecho.org ), the non-profit organization he founded with his sister and mother and which he serves as President. His goal is to engage and empower people to take action for read more

In Mandela’s Footsteps: The Long Walk Continues

By Donna Katzin, Executive Director

“Eliminating poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice… Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. People have created and tolerated poverty. And it is people who will overcome it.”
– Nelson Rolihlhla Mandela

On July 18, 2013 Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday, children with crayons in Kazakhstan draw his face on the sidewalk. At the United Nations, fifteen year-old Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan, who has been shot in the head by the Taliban, says Mandela has influenced her and she forgives her shooters. On December 5, 2013 the world mourns read more

Good Greed

By Ray C. Anderson, founder of Interface, Inc. (1934-2011)

>> Back to December 2014–100th Issue

Since you’re reading the GreenMoney Journal it’s likely that you’ve already made the mental shift to sustainability, and if that’s the case, welcome! I believe that shift happens one mind at a time, one company, one technology, one university curriculum, one industry, one community at a time. Furthermore, I have never met a “former environmentalist.” It’s true! Once you understand the truth and complexity of our environmental challenges, you are forever changed. My story demonstrates that. And fortunately for us and for our planet, that collective mental shift read more

by Amy Domini Founder and CEO of Domini Social Investments

What lies ahead for responsible investors during 2014? Certainly new products, particularly those that are cleaner or more local, certainly a more predictable stock market, and probably enhanced interest in the value added by utilizing social and environmental considerations when choosing investments. These trends are already evident. Each is good news for the ethical investor.

New Products

When Corporations Rule the World, Second Edition by David C. Korten was published in 1995, it was rightly viewed as a challenge to buy local, take personal responsibility for sustainability and to invest read more

Grameen Bank founder interviewed by Holly Mosher, producer of the films Bonsai and Pay2Play

When award-winning filmmaker Holly Mosher read about 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus and the story of Grameen Bank’s microcredit for women in Bangladesh, she was fascinated. Why had an economist and a bank won the prize for peace and not the prize for economics? And how had one man gone from loaning $27 to 42 people, to helping one out of every 1,000 people on earth? With these questions in mind, she embarked on a film about his work.

However, when she realized in Bangladesh that Yunus was also operating over a dozen other companies, all aimed at ending poverty, read more

By Joe Keefe, President and CEO,
Pax World Management

Twenty years from now, we will have either successfully transitioned from our current economic growth paradigm to a new model of Sustainable Capitalism or we will be suffering the calamitous consequences of our failure to do so. Likewise, sustainable investing will either remain a niche strategy or it will have supplanted mainstream investing. This is the critical point we must embrace: sustainable investing can no longer simply present itself as an alternative to traditional investment approaches that ignore environmental, social read more

 By Gary Hirshberg, co-founder and chairman, Stonyfield Yogurt

When thinking about our future, I can’t help but think of the past. I often joke that back when we started Stonyfield in 1983, you couldn’t even use the words “organic” and “industry” in the same sentence.

With just seven cows and hardly any consumers understanding “why” it made sense to eat organic, we had no supply, and no demand. Today our annual sales are over $360 million, and the rest of the organic industry has continued to grow right alongside us. In the U.S., sales of organic food and beverages have grown from $1 billion in 1990 to $35 billion in 2014. Even read more

An Open Letter to the Financial Services Industry From a Concerned Millennial

By by Liesel Pritzker Simmons, Blue Haven Initiative

As a Millennial, I have recently noticed a flurry of studies, articles, and reports about my generation, authored by a diverse range of interested parties. Quite a bit of the pure sociological data suggests that the 80 million of us born between 1980 and 2000 are narcissistic, lazy, and optimistic to the point of being delusional – it’s enough to make me want to delete that selfie!

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By John Roulac, founder of Nutiva

The issue of how we grow and process our food, while it’s always been important, is now a hot topic both at the kitchen table and on Wall Street. From the recent scandal about a chemical used in yoga mats being found in Subway bread to the rising awareness of GMOs and demands to label their presence in foods, the public is fast awakening to the need for safe, whole, natural nourishment.

In early May 2014, the stock price of Whole Foods Market (WFM) dropped about 20 percent in 24 hours, based largely on fears that Walmart and other grocery giants read more

By Megan Epler Wood,
founder of The International Ecotourism Society and former Co-Executive Director of the Planeterra Foundation

Twenty years ago travelers were just beginning to think about the environmental impacts of their tours. Ecotourism became a catch-all term in the 1990s for making travel environmentally beneficial, and it was frequently cited as the fastest growing phenomenon in travel. Journalists tended to run with any reasonable stats they were given on this growing market, but the fact was that truly responsible travelers were a rare breed. It has taken 20 years to read more

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