Graham Hill
Vice President, Interactive Media, Planet Green
02:27

What Do You Believe?

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A faith in a larger process.

Graham Hill

Hill is the founder of TreeHugger, an online hub for news and information related to environmental sustainability.Hailed as a "green CNN," TreeHugger hosts a constantly updated blog, newsletters, video and radio segments and a user-generated Graham site, Hugg. In the three years since its inception, TreeHugger has become one of the most high-profile and highly-trafficked sites on the internet.

Recently, Hill his been hard at work developing Planet Green with Discovery Communications. Hill has also worked in a variety of industries prior to starting TreeHugger, including fashion, web-development, and plant-based air filters. He is also a designer, and his New York souvenir coffee mug is sold in over 150 stores. Hill was educated at Carleton University in Ottawa and Emily Carr Institute of ArtDesign in Vancouver.

Transcript

Question: Do you have a personal philosophy?

Graham Hill: A personal philosophy? I don’t see myself as being religious per se. I do try to think that we’re all part of a larger being, and I think that helps me be empathetic towards others. I think that’s something that runs through many religions; the “do unto others as you would have done unto you” or what have you. And I think you see that in every religion. And I believe that.

I think my philosophy; I’d like to contribute more than I take. I’d like to have a bigger impact.

We live in a very strange world where a very small percentage of us live very comfortable lives, and a very large percentage of us live quite uncomfortable lives. I think I’m very privileged, and I’d really love to help those less privileged to live better lives.

Question: Do you have a political philosophy that you’ve developed? 

Graham Hill: I’m certainly not a political junkie by any stretch. I do my best to read TreeHugger on a regular basis.

I believe the government is a very important part, I think, of sort of the three-legged stool; and that’s in terms of green. That’s probably in terms of most things. There’s a consumer, there’s business and there’s government. And I think they play a very important role, as do the others.

I think that politics are very important. I haven’t really played much in that realm. It will be interested to see if I will. I don’t know if I have the patience.

Question: What is the measure of a good life?

Graham Hill: Well I think I’d like to have given much more than I took away. I think it’s really that simple.

 

Recorded on: July 28, 2008


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