Graham Hill, founder of treehugger.com, calls himself a “weekday vegetarian.” Yesterday, I saw a 4-minute video of him talking about that topic on TED. In the video, he asks himself “why am I not a vegetarian?” He talks about all the reasons why he should be—water, health, animal suffering, etc. He talks about being raised by hippie parents and really caring about the environment.
Yet, he admits (with laughter response) that he just can’t imagine how he would feel if he was about to eat his last hamburger. But, there is one thing he didn’t mention—the simple fact that there is not enough land for humans to continue eating meat, dairy and eggs three meals a day. He talks about switching from beef to “sustainably harvested seafood” as if that’s going to solve anything. But what he has failed to recognize is the single most important issue at stake:
The longterm sustainability of the human race
So here is a 4-minute video of the founder of quite possibly the “greenest” organization on the planet—talking about why he is copping out when it comes to walking the talk about truly living green.
Ladies and Gentlemen — Mr. Graham Hill
About Graham Hill. Founded the eco-blog treehugger.com, to help, as he says, “push sustainability into the mainstream,” with a design-forward style and an international, wide-ranging team committed to transforming complex issues into everyday concepts. It’s been called “the Green CNN.” Before Treehugger, Hill studied architecture and design (his side business is making those coolceramic Greek coffee cups). His other company, ExceptionLab, is devoted to creating sustainable prototypes — think lamps made from recycled blinds and ultra-mod planters that are also air filters. He is the author of Weekday Vegetarian, available on Amazon.
About TreeHugger. It is the leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. Partial to a modern aesthetic, we strive to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information.
The Bottom Line. I would very much like for Mr. Hill to read a few of my blogs about the longterm sustainability of the human race. Maybe it will help him get serious about the most important topic in the world—preserving our planet’s ability to sustain us as a species.
As one of the most prominent GREEN leaders, he must get real clear about EXACTLY what we should be eating—and WHY.
And “sustainably harvested seafood” is not it.
Dear Mr. Hill, Our 4Leaf for Life concept is not necessarily vegetarian or vegan; it just describes the optimal diet-style for humans (and the planet) and encourages everyone to get as close to that target as they can. We find that most people like the flexibility and “wiggle room” that this concept implies. But, sir, my issue here is LEADERSHIP.
Surely you know that the way humans eat affects the planet more than everything else we do—combined. And if we can’t depend on the founder of treehugger.com to show us the way, it’s going to be a very long journey indeed. And it will cost the lives of billions of innocent humans in the process. Think it over Mr. Hill. Read a few of these blogs; then give me a call. And let’s talk about leadership. Sincerely, J. Morris Hicks (Jim) 917-399-9700.
- Forget “saving the planet.” Think great grandchildren.
- Drought, famine and the sustainability of the human race
- Graduation Day—An Essential “Top 10 List” for Life
- “Harmony” for the ages—from E. O. Wilson and Wendell Berry
- Why are the “world’s greatest thinkers” missing the boat…
Handy 4-piece take-charge-of-your-health kit—from Amazon.com
- The movie that’s changing the lives of millions: Forks Over Knives DVD
- Healthy Eating, Healthy World, The “big picture” about food (our book)
- An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell
- Dr. McDougall’s new book, The Starch Solution, with lots of great recipes.
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—J. Morris Hicks, board member, T. Colin Campbell Foundation