Anti-Environmental Archives Launched on Earth Day

Anti-Environmental Archives Launched on Earth Day
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If you haven’t already given your treehugger friends a big Earth Day hug today, please don’t forget! And I am of course more than happy to take all the Earth Day hugs I can get!

Why the hugs? Well Earth Day is reason enough I think, but an even better reason is because those working on the front lines to protect the environment deserve it. After all, environmentalists have been the target of ongoing attacks by corporations and special interest groups for much longer than Earth Day has been around. 

If you want to see hard evidence of this history of attacks check out Polluter Watch’s freshly launched Anti-Environmental Archives. Here you will find more than 27,000 documents, scanned and indexed into a searchable database, chronicling many of the efforts by corporations, think tanks, politicians and others, to quash environmental efforts to improve our planet and protect the species that inhabit it.

Take a scroll through the documents that constitute the Heartland Institute archive where, for instance you will find this Heartland Earth Day publication from 1996, making some pretty outrageous claims, like:

“The threat of ozone depletion is exaggerated” by well known climate denier and tobacco-expert-for-hire Fred Singer:

fred singer

“Greenpeace claims chlorine poses a major threat to human health. Scientists disagree.”

“How the EPA Misled America on the Dangers of Second-Hand Tobacco Smoke”

And, of course, it wouldn’t be a Heartland Earth Day paper without a good dose of climate denial. In this case from Sallie Baliunas, well known to regular DeSmog readers:

History is important. From it we hopefully learn from mistakes and take steps to improve.

Today, on Earth Day, while there remains a lot to do as we all help in our own way to make the world a better place, it is important to recognize how far we have come. And while climate deniers and their ilk are still out there, I would say their power to influence has been greatly diminished over the years. The same goes for corporations who are under more scrutiny than ever to do the right thing when it comes to operating in a sustainable way.

So take a minute to scroll through this anti-environmental archive and appreciate how far we have come. And then get back down in the trenches, because there is still a long ways to go!

 

Anti-Environmental Archives Launched on Earth Day

Kevin is a contributor and strategic adviser to DeSmogBlog.

He runs the digital marketing agency Spake Media House. Named a “Green Hero” by Rolling Stone Magazine and one of the “Top 50 Tweeters” on climate change and environment issues, Kevin has appeared in major news media outlets around the world for his work on digital campaigning.

Kevin has been involved in the public policy arena in both the United States and Canada for more than a decade. For five years he was the managing editor of DeSmogBlog.com. In this role, Kevin’s research into the “climate denial industry” and the right-wing think tank networks was featured in news media articles around the world. He is most well known for his ground-breaking research into David and Charles Koch’s massive financial investments in the Republican and tea party networks.

Kevin is the first person to be designated a “Certified Expert” on the political and community organizing platform NationBuilder.

Prior to DeSmogBlog, Kevin worked in various political and government roles. He was Senior Advisor to the Minister of State for Multiculturalism and a Special Assistant to the Minister of State for Asia Pacific, Foreign Affairs for the Government of Canada. Kevin also worked in various roles in the British Columbia provincial government in the Office of the Premier and the Ministry of Health.

In 2008 Kevin co-founded a groundbreaking new online election tool called Vote for Environment which was later nominated for a World Summit Award in recognition of the world’s best e-Content and innovative ICT applications.

Kevin moved to Washington, DC in 2010 where he worked for two years as the Director of Online Strategy for Greenpeace USA and has since returned to his hometown of Vancouver, Canada.

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