Green, But Mostly White: The Lack Of Diversity In The Environmental Movement, Part 5 of 5—Future 500

Guest Blog by Nick Sorrentino, Future 500
Aug 27, 2014 5:00 PM ET
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I must admit that I usually loath discussing issues in terms of race, gender, class, etc.  But in this case I will make an exception because I often experience firsthand the lack of political diversity in the work I do with Future 500 on environmental issues. I am rabidly free market. I believe that the government that governs least, governs best.  I am also for reducing the size and roll of the state. I am also an environmentalist. You should know that my political disposition places me in a very small camp within the environmental community, as I’m also a libertarian.

I love hiking, trees, wild spaces, clean air, and clean water. I think the clear-cutting of rainforests is a tragedy and the plastic mess in the Northern Pacific Gyre disgusts me. I abhor waste. I am all for recycling and for fuel efficiency. I just approach these issues differently than the traditional environmental groups.  For example, I am for indigenous people’s efforts to gain stewardship over land, but I believe that property rights are the best way to address it. 

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Nick Sorrentino is Director of Political Outreach, Future 500