Green, Inc.

Green, Inc.

by Christine Catherine MacDonald
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Green, Inc.: An Environmental Insider Reveals How A Good Cause Has Gone Bad, by Christine MacDonald uncovers the underworld of the conservation movement. Having worked for years in field herself, she gives an unforgiving look at how the movement has gone from small well-intentioned blue-bloods looking to preserve some of their favorite adventure spots to a multi-billion industry wooing some of the planet¿s worst polluters for donation funds. The objective of the biggest conservation organizations is no longer to ¿work themselves out of a job¿ by solving particular environmental problems. They look at their organizations as permanent transnational corporations. They are rarely looked at with critical eyes and often take the moral high ground in defense of their projects regardless of the consequences. People are displaced and evicted from every continent. Over 1 million people from the African continent alone have been displaced by conservation projects. Nearly eight thousand Pygmies were evicted from the Dja reserve in Cameroon in the 1980s to make way for a conservation plan by the European Union. Those displaced have homes, fields, and grain stores burned and are forced to move into villages with no compensation or other means of survival. Another negative aspect of the big environmental organizations is that those who enter into the field, while well meaning, have prioritized their ideals so much that they are often condescending to the local populations. Their social, economic, or cultural histories are always in need of a good education by the transnational organizations which are often heavily populated by Western donors and workers. Those at the top of the conversation chain make high six figures and live lifestyles rivaling some of the world¿s top polluters. In the end, the well researched expose of the underbelly of conservation reads more like a warning bell rather than a searing indictment of environmentalism. If we are going to try and enter the field to do some good, as I intend to do, we must be aware of the pitfalls and corruption so that we do not become disillusioned and quit before we can indeed make a real difference.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even if a few huge non-profits are as self-serving as she is trying to say they are, that has no effect on the rest of the environmental movement as a whole. Only a small-minded person would try to claim that. While the organizations in the wrong should be vetted, this should not be used to claim that the 'movement' in its entirety is corrupt. By the way, is this book printed on recycled paper?