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

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

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Future 500 is a global nonprofit specializing in stakeholder engagement and building bridges between parties at odds—often corporations and NGOs, the political right and left, and others—to advance systemic solutions to urgent sustainability challenges. The organization unites corporate and NGOs to address social and environmental issues with market-based solutions. Recently, members of the Future 500 staff held a roundtable discussion about diversity—rather, the lack of it—in their industry. Participants were Shilpi Chhotray, Danna Pfahl, Marvin Smith, Nick Sorrentino and Brendon Steele. Part 5 of a five-part series features comments by Nick Sorrentino, Director of Political Outreach —The Editor.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 4:00pm



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