Annie Leonard

Annie Leonard is the executive director of Greenpeace USA. She has more than two decades of experience investigating and explaining the environmental and social impacts of our stuff: where it comes from, how it gets to us and where it goes after we get rid of it. Her film, The Story of Stuff has been viewed more than 40 million times and blossomed into The Story of Stuff Project (which has built a community of over half a million people), eight more films and the 2010 New York Times bestselling book also titled The Story of Stuff which takes a deeper dive into the issues of the film.

Leonard currently serves on the boards of GAIA and Public Citizen and has previously served on the boards of the Grassroots Recycling Network, Environmental Health Fund, Global Greengrants India, Greenpeace India and the International Forum on Globalization. She earned her undergraduate degree at Barnard College, Columbia University and has a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University. 

Leonard began her career at Greenpeace in 1988 and now leads the organization’s U.S. office out of San Francisco. 

| September 24, 2015
Today I feel motivated by the Pope’s declaration that “now is the time for...

| August 17, 2015
Yesterday, President Obama said climate change puts Alaska at the "front lines of one of the...

| January 21, 2015
There’s no question that we’ve come a long way with a President who will not only acknowledge climate change in his State of the Union address, but...
Photo credit: Climate Parents

| April 25, 2014
Taking action is the best antidote to feeling overwhelmed, so I encourage her to flex her Citizen Muscle. Today she might write to the president or organize a bake sale...
Amira Odeh fosters sustainable water consumption at the University of
Puerto Rico’s Rio Piedras campus. Photo courtesy of Brower Youth Awards

| March 19, 2014
People always ask me how I stay optimistic in the face of so much bad news about the environment. Easy: I stop and look around me at all the people...

| November 6, 2013
In the latest installment of The Good Stuff, our monthly podcast, you can listen...

| October 1, 2013
The Story of Solutions explores how we can move our economy in a more sustainable and just direction, starting with orienting ourselves toward a new goal ......

| September 11, 2013
In 2007, two kids in Michigan set out to earn their Girl Scout Bronze Award by raising awareness about the endangered orangutan ......

| September 27, 2012
We've got billionaires writing huge checks to shadowy campaign groups, and a wholesale effort to disenfranchise poor voters and voters of color—but we've also got a lot of great candidates......

| September 10, 2012
The shocking sums that big businesses and wealthy individuals spend to sway elections and manipulate legislation is the chief obstacle between the dirty, unhealthy, unjust mess our country is in...

| July 17, 2012
We made The Story of Change to inspire our viewers, community members and others to step out of the consumer mindset and into our full power as citizens to build...

| July 3, 2012
Today, in honor of that call, we're releasing a new podcast featuring interviews with a group of leading change-makers—from Van Jones to Charlotte Brody to Ralph Nader—talking about what it...

| June 21, 2012
In my upcoming movie, The Story of Change, I talk about how deep, lasting social change always starts with a group of people committed to a Big Idea for how...