AECOM Thought Leadership: Are our Environmental Goals Distracted by "Truthiness?"

AECOM Thought Leadership: Are our Environmental Goals Distracted by "Truthiness?"

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Gary Lawrence, AECOM chief sustainability officer, discusses how “truthiness” distracts environmental goals in his most recent Environmental Leader article.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 11:05am

CAMPAIGN: Thought Leadership

CONTENT: Article

Environmental Leader

By: Gary Lawrence
Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at AECOM

Within London’s Westminster Cathedral Complex is a circular room that houses an ecclesiastical logic gate. Developed long before we thought in zeros and ones, the gate facilitates a simple choice. On one side of the room is a passageway labeled something to the effect of “yes”; on the opposite side is a passageway designated “no.” I recall thinking that what was really needed was a third passageway labeled, “I don’t know, but I need to move along nevertheless.”

Around the globe, the average citizen is caught in the crossfire of ideologies: between secularism and religion, between socialism and capitalism … I have talked before about the concept of what Stephen Colbert ingeniously coined “truthiness” — this willingness people have to declare the truth to be what they’re predisposed to believe.

To find out how “truthiness” applies to resilience and sustainability, read Gary Lawrence’s full Environmental Leader article.  


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