New Year Ushers In Changing of the Guard for Green Groups

Cox Pavilion at UNLV August 10, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Political and economic leaders are attending a two-day summit to discuss a domestic policy agenda to advance alternative energy for the country's future.
National Journal
Ben Geman
Add to Briefcase
See more stories about...
Ben Geman
Jan. 4, 2014, 4:39 a.m.

The new year is ush­er­ing in a chan­ging of the guard with­in the en­vir­on­ment­al move­ment.

Mag­gie Fox, pres­id­ent and CEO of the Al Gore-foun­ded Cli­mate Real­ity Pro­ject, an­nounced Fri­day that she’s step­ping down this spring after five years.

Fox is the latest of sev­er­al en­vir­on­ment­al group of­fi­cials to an­nounce plans to de­part in re­cent months.

Two of the largest U.S. green groups are also look­ing for new lead­er­ship.

Na­tion­al Wild­life Fed­er­a­tion Pres­id­ent and CEO Larry Sch­wei­ger is leav­ing in May, while Nat­ur­al Re­sources De­fense Coun­cil Pres­id­ent Frances Bei­necke will step down at the end of 2014.

Else­where, Cen­ter for Cli­mate and En­ergy Solu­tions Pres­id­ent Eileen Claussen is leav­ing, too.

“It hap­pens in every pro­fes­sion: An older gen­er­a­tion gives way to a new one. In this case, a new gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers needs to step up,” said Frank O’Don­nell, pres­id­ent of Clean Air Watch.

But at Green­peace USA, a mem­ber of that young­er gen­er­a­tion is step­ping aside too.

Ex­ec­ut­ive Dir­ect­or Phil Rad­ford, who is in his late 30s, will leave the job this spring after five years at the helm, a Green­peace USA spokes­man said Sat­urday.

Gore’s group, formerly called the Al­li­ance for Cli­mate Pro­tec­tion, was foun­ded in 2006 and was part of the big and ul­ti­mately failed en­vir­on­ment­al move­ment push to win en­act­ment of cap-and-trade le­gis­la­tion in 2009-10.

The group rebranded as the Cli­mate Real­ity Pro­ject in 2011. Its vari­ous com­mu­nic­a­tions and or­gan­iz­ing pro­jects seek to spread the mes­sage that cli­mate change is, as the group’s title sug­gests, real and dan­ger­ous.

“Over the past three years, we have op­er­ated with a start-up men­tal­ity as cli­mate en­tre­pren­eurs, call­ing out den­iers, while also con­nect­ing the dots for in­di­vidu­als seek­ing to un­der­stand the real­ity of cli­mate change and its im­pact on their every­day lives,” Fox said in a state­ment Fri­day af­ter­noon.

Gore, in a state­ment, called Fox an “ex­traordin­ary and ef­fect­ive lead­er” and said she was re­turn­ing to “or­gan­iz­ing and ad­vocacy” in her home state of Col­or­ado.

Fox plans to help Gore and the group’s board find a new lead­er. Be­fore join­ing the Cli­mate Real­ity Pro­ject, Fox held roles in­clud­ing na­tion­al pres­id­ent of Amer­ica Votes and deputy ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of the Si­erra Club.

What We're Following See More »
SAYS TRUMP JUST ATTACKING REPUBLICANS
Former Top Aide to McConnell Says GOPers Should Abandon Trump
1 days ago
THE LATEST
“YOU CAN’T CHANGE HISTORY, BUT YOU CAN LEARN FROM IT”
Trump Defends Confederate Statues in Tweetstorm
1 days ago
WHY WE CARE
CEOS HAVE BEEN FLEEING FOR THE EXITS
Trump to End Business Councils
2 days ago
THE LATEST
FROM STATEMENT
McConnell: “No Good Neo-Nazis”
2 days ago
THE LATEST
NO FORMAL LEGISLATIVE EFFORT
CBC Members Call for Removal of Confederate Statues from Capitol
2 days ago
THE LATEST

"Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are reviving calls to remove Confederate statues from the Capitol following the violence at a white nationalist rally in Virginia." Rep. Cedric Richmond, the group's chair, told ABC News that "we will never solve America's race problem if we continue to honor traitors who fought against the United States." And Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson said, “Confederate memorabilia have no place in this country and especially not in the United States Capitol." But a CBC spokesperson said no formal legislative effort is afoot.

Source:
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login