Annie Leonard

Annie Leonard is the executive director of Greenpeace USA, founder of the Story of Stuff Project, and has spent more than twenty years investigating and organizing on environmental health and justice issues. In addition to the original short film, Story of Stuff,  she also created The Story of Cap & TradeThe Story of Cosmetics, The Story of Bottled Water, and The Story of Electronics.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 2:30pm
Unstoppable Force or Immovable Object: Which Do You Want to Be?
For too long, fossil fuel dinosaurs have followed a business-as-usual plan of pillaging and polluting. Stubbornly sticking to the lies they’ve had to tell , in order to keep the profits pouring in. This past week has seen two sickening oil spills by Shell, violating the waters of the Gulf and the...
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Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 3:45pm
Climate Action is Needed Whether Exxon Likes it or Not.
Last week, we were among a handful of organizations who received a letter signed by 13 members of Congress claiming that we may be violating Exxon’s right to free speech. They’re requesting that we divulge any communication we may have had with state officials and many private organizations with...
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 12:15pm
Democracy Needs Transparency
I believe democracy needs transparency. That’s why I was so excited when I heard that Greenpeace Netherlands was releasing to the public secret documents from the United States’ current trade negotiations with the European Union. The deal is called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership...
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Sunday, March 27, 2016 - 11:00am
We Must Rebuild Our Democracy
It started with the founding fathers. In America’s very first election, in 1788, the government officially barred all women, all people of color, and any man without land from voting. This was American democracy in the 18th century. Almost 90 years later, the 15th amendment officially removed “race...
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Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 4:00pm
We Must Hold Exxon Accountable for Deceiving the Public on Climate Climate
I’m still trying to process recent revelations in the LA Times and the Pulitzer-winning Inside Climate News about the extent to which ExxonMobil has worked to deny climate change . It knew about the threat of a planet warmed by burning fossil fuels as far back as the 70’s, and while publicly...
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 1:45pm
Taking Out the Trash Burners
Having scored one big victory for jobs and the environment, a group of Baltimore activists is trying to take things to the next level. Curtis Bay, their heavily polluted Baltimore neighborhood, had been bracing for a $1 billion garbage incinerator that would have lowered Maryland’s already poor air...
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Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 2:45pm
Pope Francis: The Power of Dialogue in the Age of Climate Change
I find it really interesting how news stories and social media reporting on Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. have responded to his taking a strong stand on climate change . So often, people seem to feel the need to categorize and label one another—by their religion, political stance, gender or...
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 7:00am
President Obama Gives Shell Final Approval to Drill in the Arctic
Yesterday, President Obama said climate change puts Alaska at the “front lines of one of the greatest challenges we face this century,” and yet today he approved Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Alaskan Arctic . The President cannot have it both ways. Announcing a tour of Alaska to highlight...
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Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 2:45pm
Shell’s Arctic Drilling is the Real Threat to the World, Not Kayaktivists
Shell has one or two rivals for the title of Planet’s Most Irresponsible Company, but it’s definitely the most ironic. The grand irony, of course, is that, having watched the Arctic melt as global temperatures rose, Shell was first in line to drill the newly melted waters for yet more oil which...
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 12:45pm
Climate Leadership Will Only Come from Us
As a lifetime advocate for the planet, I look to the State of the Union address for signals about how the President will act in the coming year. This time, as ever, I listened keenly for good news on how we’ll work together against climate change, keep our oceans clean, prevent toxic pollution and...
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