Those Pushing the Green Button

Change needs good leaders. People who use their position, charisma and resources to fight for what they believe in, a better future for our planet.

The Huffington Post is looking for the top game changers, people who “whether working in the spotlight or under the radar, are changing how we look at the world and the way we live in it. We salute them for their willingness to take risks and question the status quo.”

Let us have a look on whom they nominated for the “green” category:

Sylvia Earle: “Inspiring the next generation to fight for a healthy ocean.” The oceanographer, author and explorer keeps on reminding us that there is no future for our planet if we keep on destructing our oceans. She addresses young people whom she believes will make the difference.

Kumi Naidoo: “Risking his life to reinvigorate Greenpeace and globalize the environmental movement.” Kumi Naidoo is not only the International Executive Director of Greenpeace but he is also an activist fighting in the front row for what he believes in – even if that means getting arrested. He has also introduced the notion of “‘climate apartheid’ to express how people of color and those living in poverty are suffering the most from climate change and environmental degredation, making the point that environmentalism is deeply enmeshed with human rights.”

John F. Kennedy Junior: “Staying outspoken about environmental crimes.” Thanks to him people are actually getting information on what mountain top removal means. One of his goals is to “save Appalachia’s last untouched mountain range, Coal River, before it is blasted, flattened, and polluted for the sake of cheap energy.”

Kate Sheppard: “Keeping BP’s negligence in the news.” Companies like to keep negative news about them away from us, covering them with other stories. People like Kate Sheppard make it harder for them. Take the example BP: “Since the spill, Sheppard has written upwards of 100 articles and posts on the disaster, honing in on BP’s disastrous response to it.” And yes, the oil spilled out by BP is still out there destroying the ocean ecosystem.

Check out the rest of the nominees here. Do we have additional ideas?

Pic by Adam Melancon, merci!

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