Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Former National Post & Toronto Star columnist, past vice president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. New posts: Mondays & Wednesdays.
Nothing we do to protect the environment will ever be good enough. Like the Nazgûl in The Lord of the Rings, green lobbyists are relentless.
“They will never stop hunting you.”
Green lobbyists are a problem. There’s nothing small or cuddly about these organizations. They went corporate long ago. Now they’re all about power, influence, and tons of money. The Nature Conservancy, the WWF, the Sierra Club, the David Suzuki Foundation, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Climate Action Network, Ecojustice, Environmental Defence. The list goes on and on.
These entities scold, slander, condemn, and insult us. We imbibe their message with our mother’s milk: nature is the victim, human beings are the villains.
Green lobbyists will never be even-handed, philosophical, big picture thinkers. Decades of activism, sympathetic media coverage, and trillions in government spending have spawned a vast legal framework and a mountain of red tape protecting the non-human world. If it were possible to satisfy eco lobbyists, most would have declared victory and gone home. But the opposite has occurred: the size and number of these organizations continues to swell.
Nothing we do to protect the environment will ever be good enough. Green lobbyists will never stop. Like the Nazgûl in The Lord of the Rings, they are single-minded and relentless.
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