I know the popular leftist view is that it’s the fault of the media, politicians, and greedy developers, but I take a different tact. The environmental movement has lost its compass. A radical part of the movement has hijacked environmentalism from the grass roots, all inclusive movement of twenty years ago to a situation where it is now often associated with eco-terrorism, global protests, and obstructionist legal battles.
This is off-track, and I believe that the best way to change course, is to begin to distance itself from the radical part of the movement and to proactively involve and partner with businesses. Why do I believe that business is the best answer? Consider the following; According to Forbes, 12 of the 50 largest economies in the world are businesses. One shocking example is that as of 2005, the combined GDPs for Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, UAE, & Bahrain was $19 billion less than BP. Moreover, as Hunter Levins points out “the business community may be the only institution that has the resources, skills, and motivation to solve these tough (environmental) problems.”