Carl Pope is the Executive Direct of the Sierra Club. Pope is co-author with Paul Rauber of Strategic Ignorance: Why the Bush Administration Is Recklessly Destroying a Century of Environmental Progress. He also wrote Sahib, an American Misadventure in India (1971) and Hazardous Waste in America (1981).
He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1967. He spent two years as a volunteer with the Peace Corps in Barhi, Bihar, India.
- In November 1966 as the war in Vietnam was heating up, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara was invited to Harvard University to speak to a small group of students. The local chapter of Students for a Democratic Society demanded McNamara participate in a public debate on the war. The University ignored them. So when the Secretary arrived, they were waiting. Nearly 1,000 demonstrators surrounded the building where McNamara was speaking in an attempt to compel him to discuss the war. When McNamara made a break for his car, Carl Pope was one of several students who lay down in front of it, blocking his escape.
Sierra Club/environmental activism
Carl Pope was appointed Executive Director of the Sierra Club in 1992, an organization he has served for nearly thirty years. During Pope’s tenure as Executive Director, Sierra Club added 150,000 new members, growing to 700,000 of your friends and neighbors.
In addition to his work with the Sierra Club, Pope has served on the Boards of the California League of Conservation Voters, Public Voice, National Clean Air Coalition, California Common Cause, Public Interest Economics, Inc and Zero Population Growth. Carl Pope was also Executive Director of the California League of Conservation Voters and the Political Director of Zero Population Growth.
- In his 16 years as executive director of the Sierra Club, the Club has helped preserve almost 10 million acres of wilderness and 150,000 new members (for a total of 700,000) have signed up to defend still more. Pope was one of the principal authors of California's pioneering Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water & Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, which allowed citizens to sue polluters if they failed to comply with the law. In its efforts to prevent roads from encroaching on the areas of our national forests which remain relatively untouched, the Sierra Club collected the most public comments in history on a single regulatory issue: more than a million.
Working with Van Jones
Confronting the Global Triple Crisis-Climate Change * Peak Oil * Global Resource Resource Depletion and Extinction.
Speakers at the Ingredients of systemic change workshop were;
- Martin Khor (Malaysia), director, Third World Network
- Wes Jackson, president, the Land Institute; author, New Roots for Agriculture
- Frances Moore Lappe, author, Diet for a Small Planet and Hope’s Edge
- Jack Santa Barbara (Canada), Sustainable Scale Project
- Carl Pope, executive director, Sierra Club
- Susan George (France), chair, Transnational Institute; author, Fate Worse Than Debt
- Smitu Kothari (India), director, Intercultural Resources, India; professor, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
- Tom Butler, editor, Wild Earth
- Wolfgang Sachs (Germany), research director, Wuppertal Institute; author, Greening the Northand Fair Future