Green Cars, Pink Flamingos and Yellow Journalism


While Volkswagen has been in the press for the emissions-cheating scandal, and while there continues to be linkage between vehicle emissions and climate change, the last thing we need is publicity around ecologically-friendly cars that falsely blames them for other ecological problems.

It’s not that we want to be blind to those problems – of course we want the facts.

But today, people “read” the news by scanning the headlines.  Come 0n, admit it.  You do it.

Recently I saw such a headline.  A cute, eye-catching headline along with pictures of cute flamingos.  It read: “Green Cars Causing Problems for Pink Flamingos“.  Sexy, huh?

But when one reads the article, it is not about cars at all (other than the fact that green cars – and not even all of them) use lithium batteries, and in turn, this has increased the demand for lithium, which has increased the mining of lithium, which has induced some miners to use poor practices, which (still with me?) can cause damage to the habitat of flamingos.

So is the problem the miners or the cars?  Lithium is used in many batteries, even those in old-fashioned fossil-fuel cars, laptops, flashlights, smartphones, you name it.  It’s a pretty disconnected assertion.  In fact, the article itself states that the miners won’t say if their product is sent to any particular auto manufacturer.

Add to this the idea that the car manufacturers are looking at other totally lithium-free technologies and you have a near total disconnect between green cars and falling flamingo populations.

I wrote the letter below to the Cape Cod Times, which, to their credit, published it, however I believe that it was Bloomberg which published the source article which is more responsible for trying to package the message in an irresponsible way, sending the typically distracted reader away thinking that they should go buy a gas-powered car to save the birds (when indeed that car will ALSO have lithium batteries).

Judge for yourself.

Here is a link to the article:

And below is the letter to the editor.


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Make your voice heard – PMBOK(R) Guide 6th Edition

Woman holding megaphone against isolated blue background

You CAN make your voice heard!  Comment on the PMBOK(R) Guide 6th Edition Exposure Draft!

The PMBOK(R) Guide is up for “Exposure Draft” review.  There are many chances in this document where sustainability could be ‘threaded’ properly into our discipline.

I implore you to take this chance to advance our profession.

If you are a PMI member, you have only until 26-July to make comments.  Please join me in this effort, within this window of time.


An example:

I suggested that they make this change:

From this:

Operations management is an area that is outside the scope of formal project management as described in this guide.

To this:

Operations management is an area that is outside the scope of formal project management as described in this guide.  However, to yield a truly successful project, operations must be considered in its planning.

I’m sure you can think of many others like that.

Go here: and GO NOW while you think of it.

Once there, go to the right side under the Get Started section.





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Park it here!



What’s the connection between Tom Hanks, Yellowstone National Park, and exactly 1/2 of the Earth?

Read the full post here:

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We’re gonna build a great, GREAT wall…

trump…just not the one you are thinking of…

Read about it here – you will “sea” that it’s actually pretty related to PM and “Sea-stainability”.



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Uitsmijter’s Revenge










If you want to figure out what that title means… you’ll have to visit the post below…

It has something to do with food… and energy… and project management.



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