According to sterotype, the government whistleblower sits on an empty desk all day, stirring coffee, waiting for reporters to call. He or she may by dynamite on 60 Minutes, exposing dangerous fraud and incompetence, but back in the office the lonely hero is a disgruntled employee, a pariah around the water cooler, a naive moralist who won’t adapt to an imperfect world.
For an urban refugee from a hippie commune, John Schaeffer has done well while doing good. His alternative energy company, Real Goods, has seen sales soar from $29,000 to $12 million in just eight years.
The highlights of Jacques Cousteau’s life are hardly a mystery; every schoolkid knows about his pioneering underwater photography, his famous TV program The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau (1968-1976), his environmental activism and his many awards and prizes.
The new chief of the U.S. Forest Service has received everything from kudos to death threats for his past recommendations to protect the spotted owl. What’s his vision for the 90s for our 191 million acres of national forest land?
For 50 years, banjo player Pete Seeger has been a singer with a conscience. Here he talks about green politics, the Hudson River and the Clearwater sloop he launched in 1968 to clean it up.
Former Texas Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower, now a talk show host, is heard on more than 150 stations nationwide as a counter to Rush Limbaugh’s "ditto heads." Hightower says humor helps make the green message go down easier.
<I>E</I> talks with Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson and former coordinator Denis Hayes, who see a maturing celebration with plenty of life in it.
Hazel O’ Leary, Clinton’s Secretary, works for open government and alternative sources of power while trying to build partnerships with industry and keep the budget cutters at bay.
Tom Chappell, the Tom of Tom’s of Maine, set out 22 years ago to make environmentally friendly products and he’s still at it.
Henry Spira is a fighter who makes things happen for animals. He sees a natural connection between the fights and animal rights and environmental sanity, and wants to establish a dialogue.