John Mackey has a new book out. He is a visionary, no doubt. He co-founded and co-leads a company we admire. But he is not the sole shareholder in Whole Foods, and when he decides to be provocative, as he often does, the company’s reputation is at stake along with his own. He claims not to be a climate change skeptic, but also says he does not believe we need to take any action because climate change is likely going to benefit humans. Specifically, in an interview in the Guardian he says:
We’ve been in a gradual warming trend since the ending of the “Little Ice Age” in about 1870, and climate change is perfectly natural and not necessarily bad. In general, most of humanity tends to flourish more when global temperatures are in a warming trend and I believe we will be able to successfully adapt to gradually rising temperatures. What I am opposed to is trying to stop virtually all economic progress because of the fear of climate change. I would hate to see billions of people condemned to remain in poverty because of climate-change fears.
Not very clever. He is of course entitled to his own opinions, but he is not, as a witty man once said, entitled to his own facts. Whole Foods’ other shareholders should hold him accountable for such dangerous nonsense. And if they do not, consumers should. Boycott, anyone?