Time's 100 'Most Influential' Loaded with Little Green Men (and Women)
Itâs hard to believe that after offering more than 50 ways to save the planet that Time could find more ways to revel in environmental hype. Yet, the latest Time issue which lists the 100 âMost Influential People in the Worldâ paints a very green picture.
The list of âpeople who shape our worldâ favors those interested in saving the world by fighting off global warming and forcing âgreenâ practices on businesses and individuals. It includes well-known eco-activists Leonardo DiCaprio, Virgin Airlinesâ Richard Branson, who offers a $25 million prize to anyone who can solve the global warming âcrisis,â and former Vice President Al Gore (listed in the âScientists and Thinkersâ category).
Celebrities were well represented: Cate Blanchett, who marched in protest of global warming in Sydney, Australia; George Clooney, who made the cover of Vanity Fairâs 2006 âGreen Issueâ; and âLight Greenâ musician John Mayer who advocates changing one thing each year. Others included Brad Pitt, who has worked with Global Green on âsustainableâ building, and Oprah Winfrey, who recently handed out compact fluorescent light bulbs to her audience.
And donât forget politicians who argue for carbon caps, taxes and all manner of green regulations, like Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany.
More green-friendly influentials:
Katsuaki Watanabe, president of Toyota Motor Co., who said in a speech, âOur mission is to contribute to enriching society. In view of the challenges confronting us, I want to broaden our field of vision to the entire planet earth in addressing such issues as preservation of the global environment, resource and energy use âŚâ
Brian Williams, anchor of the âNBC Nightly News,â who âregularly condemns SUVs,â as the Media Research Centerâs Brent Baker wrote. Williams has said: âWith the U.S. locked in dependence on foreign oil, is it downright unpatriotic to drive an SUV?â
J. Craig Venter, described by The Washington Post as a âmaverick biologistâ who âwants to cure our addiction to oil,â was profiled in the Natural Resource Defense Councilâs OnEarth magazine where he said his studies of undersea life would show what microbial populations are becoming overabundant due to âtoxinsâ and âwaste productsâ brought on by âshrimp or fish farming.â