Dubai’s Radisson Blu Goes Green

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On the grand scale of greenliness, the Radisson Blu scores pretty low, but they are making an effort that is worth writing about. On a recent visit to their branch in Dubai’s Media City, Michael Strauss, a contributing editor to the Green Traveler Guide, found their efforts to go green “sincere.” Committed to scouting out […]

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Israeli School of Sustainability Funded By Major Polluting Firms

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Israel Chemicals, which is a cause of major environmental hazards in Israel, is funding a School of Sustainability in Herzliya With shale oil funding green education in Jordan and major polluting Israeli companies paying to set up sustainability schools, green education is looking more like ‘greenwash’ every day. It recently emerged that Israel Chemicals and […]

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Greenwash Alert: Shell To Fund Environmental Education In Jordan

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A Jordanian oil shale company owned by Shell is funding university courses on the environment As a global oil and gas company, Shell has a murky history not just environmentally but politically. Yesterday we commemorated the death of environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa who was murdered for his campaigns against oil companies – and particularly Shell […]

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Dead Sea Works Tries to Convince Public That It Is Not Responsible for Decreasing Water Levels

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The Dead Sea Works would have the public believe that it is saving – not destroying – the Dead Sea. Greenwashing campaigns have become abundant in recent years as the green trend has been growing in popularity.  With greater environmental awareness among the public over the past decade or so, businesses attempt to attract positive […]

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“We Are Not A PR Stunt” – Marine Protection Organisation On Corporate Sponsorship

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We speak to the Emirates Diving Association about why they accepted funding from the gas-guzzling car manufacturer Ford Motors The Emirates Diving Association (EDA) based in Dubai has been working hard over the last couple of years to protect the marine environment, collect data to track changes in coral reefs in the United Arab Emirates […]

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How Do You Stop Greenwashing in the Middle East? Wael Hmaidan Says Train Better Activists,

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We speak to the Lebanese eco-campaigner Wael Hmaidan about corporate funding of green organisations in the Middle East and finding solutions In a previous post, I posed some questions about green groups in the Middle East receiving funding from not-so-green corporations. Is it a good thing if they are working together to protect nature? Or […]

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Should Green Organisations Accept Sponsorship From Big Bad Corporations?

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From climate events to marine conservation projects, it seems that green organisations in the Middle East are happy to take money from not-so-green corporations It goes something like this. A green organisation is set up with the good intentions of sorting out some environmental injustice be it pollution or marine destruction. That green and very […]

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Debunking the ‘Green’ Biofuel Myth

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Is biofuel from the Jatropha tree- which Jordan is experimenting with- really as green and sustainable as we think? In a recent article, I debated whether we should encourage the Middle East to embrace biofuels as a real and sustainable alternative to the region’s current dependence on gas and oil. It followed an announcement from […]

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