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.
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