The tremendous environmental disaster that has resulted from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a singular event, but Seventh Generation CEO Jeffrey Hollender thinks it's emblematic of how we're abusing the environment—we're polluting the Earth in a variety of ways, but for the most part it goes unnoticed because it happens in ways that aren't immediately obvious.
"It's really no different than the way we handle chemicals," says Hollender. "We have an open spigot through which millions of pounds of toxic chemicals are dumped into our society into the air, into the groundwater, through our products—it just happened to be invisible. The effects are still there—increased asthma rates, increased cancer rates in children—but we have many oil spills, whether they’re chemicals, whether they’re petroleum."
In his Big Think interview, Hollender talks about how some companies tout their sustainability in their PR, but then don't live up to the standards they've set. He points to Toyota, in particular, which touted the gas mileage of its hybrid Prius while at the same time lobbying in California against lower emissions standards.
Hollender also talked about the strange disconnect in pricing between sustainable and non-sustainable products. "We have created an economic construct through rules and regulations and tax codes that allows businesses to escape from most of their negative impacts," he says. He suggests, instead, that if companies were held accountable for all of the detrimental environmental effects of their product then organic and sustainable products would become, comparatively, much cheaper.
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She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
The legacy of Felix Dzerzhinsky, who led Soviet secret police in the "Red Terror," still confounds Russia.
- Felix Dzerzhinsky led the Cheka, Soviet Union's first secret police.
- The Cheka was infamous for executing thousands during the Red Terror of 1918.
- The Cheka later became the KGB, the spy organization where Russia's President Putin served for years.
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