“Ecology, economy and justice: holding the environmental movement to account”

Breakfast talks featuring Paul K. Driessen, author of Eco-Imperialism: Green Power, Black Death

“What these environmental and shareholder activists are promoting is contrary to basic Judeo-Christian standards of ethics, humanity, morality and social responsibility. It’s a human rights violation of massive proportions” – Paul K. Driessen

The Atlantic Institute for Market Studies presented two breakfast talks with one of the world’s foremost authorities on the impact of environmental activism – Paul Driessen.

On October 4, 2004 Mr. Driessen visited Sydney, NS and on October 5, 2004 delivered similar remarks in Halifax.

To read the full text of his presentation and see selected event photos, click here.

Driessen is senior policy advisor for the Congress of Racial Equality, one America’s oldest and most respected civil rights organizations.  A former member of the Sierra Club and Zero Population Growth, he rejected their cause when he recognized that the environmental movement had become intolerant in its views, inflexible in its demands, unwilling to recognize our tremendous strides in protecting the environment, and insensitive to the needs of billions of people who lack the food, electricity, safe water, healthcare and other basic necessities that we take for granted. Driessen has spoken and written frequently on energy and environmental policy, biotechnology, global climate change and corporate social responsibility.

Driessen is the author of Eco-Imperialism: Green Power · Black Death. Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore says of the book, “The environmental movement I helped found has lost its objectivity, morality and humanity. The pain and suffering it is inflicting on families in developing countries must no longer be tolerated. Eco-Imperialism is the first book I’ve seen that tells the truth and lays it on the line.”


No stranger to controversy, Driessen contends that the environmental movement have moved from a grassroots beginning to become an 8-billion dollar a year big business.  He is disturbed by a convergence of ideology, activism, marketing and politics with no requirement for accountability that equals accountability in the corporate world.  Even worse, he says the groups are rarely held accountable for the accuracy of what is said.


Whether the issue is the cleanup of the Sydney Tar Ponds, wind energy or offshore development, “environmentalism” has become more obvious in the development of our public policy. And it is that role that AIMS sought to explore during these presentations.