Glenn Hurowitz

Glenn Hurowitz

Chief Executive Officer, Mighty Earth

Glenn Hurowitz is the CEO of Mighty Earth, and has led environmental campaigns around the world for many years. He is a globally recognized leader on forests, agriculture, and climate change, and running strategic campaigns.


Glenn previously served as Chair of the Forest Heroes campaign, where he successfully secured strict No Deforestation policies from the world’s largest agribusinesses, including companies that cover 90% of global palm oil trade and, more recently, two of the world’s largest soy traders. As a result of this work, he and his colleagues at Forest Heroes won the Benny Award from the Business Ethics Network for their successes in transforming global agriculture. He co-founded Chain Reaction Research, which provides major financial institutions with in-depth risk analysis of companies’ sustainability risk.


Glenn advises philanthropies, governments and non-profit organizations on their strategies. He has helped the Government of Norway’s Climate and Forest Initiative, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Climate Works Foundation, National Wildlife Federation, Rainforest Foundation Norway, the Arcus Foundation and many others develop new approaches on major environmental issues.


Glenn has also worked extensively in politics. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed book Fear and Courage in the Democratic Party, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Nation, Politico, The American Prospect. He’s appeared on many national media outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, FOX, CBS, and NPR. He is a graduate of the Green Corps fellowship and Yale University and is also the Managing Director at Waxman Strategies.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

REPORT
February 1, 2018

Report: BURNED: Deception, Deforestation and America’s Biodiesel Policy

by Glenn Hurowitz

This report by Mighty Earth and Action Aid USA provides a dramatic on-the-ground glimpse of the unintended negative consequences of food-based biofuels.

Report: BURNED: Deception, Deforestation and America’s Biodiesel Policy
September 13, 2017

Chocolate's Dark Secrets

by Glenn Hurowitz

A new investigation by Mighty Earth, “Chocolate’s Dark Secret,” finds that a large amount of the cocoa used in chocolate produced by Mars, Nestle, Hershey’s, Godiva, and other major chocolate companies was grown illegally in national parks and other protected areas in Ivory Coast and Ghana. The countries are the world’s two largest cocoa producers...

Chocolate's Dark Secrets
REPORT
August 10, 2015

Water Wars

by Glenn Hurowitz

The Mexican border state of Sonora is expanding its hydraulic society in the face of climate change, an escalating water crisis, and indigenous opposition...

Water Wars

LATEST NEWS

February 19, 2021

How to stop runaway deforestation? Look at Indonesia.

Glenn Hurowitz quoted

"“This is the fourth straight year that palm-oil deforestation has been at a fraction of historic levels, and trending down,” said Glenn Hurowitz, CEO of the environmental nonprofit, Mighty Earth.

“We had hoped that the big companies would do their own monitoring and enforcement, but we found that companies like Korindo Group were able to clear 10,000 hectares and get away with it,” Hurowitz said. And so activists began guarding the forests themselves, using satellite imagery provided by Global Forest Watch, the online forest-monitoring program, and others. Mighty Earth, or another watchdog, wil now alert big palm-oil buyers and prompt a crackdown."

June 14, 2019

Cargill to spend $30M for ideas to end Brazil deforestation

Glenn Hurowitz quoted

Cargill has taken steps to end deforestation, but says the issue is complex. Environmental groups say businesses like Cargill are unwilling to take true leadership on the issue and must do more...

June 19, 2019

Mighty Earth becomes a member of ResponsibleSteel

Glenn Hurowitz quoted

Environmental organisation Mighty Earth has officially become a member of ResponsibleSteel, a global, multi-stakeholder, not-for-profit standard and certification initiative for the responsible sourcing and production of steel. Mighty Earth has joined ResponsibleSteel to help address the outsized climate impact of steel and the entire heavy industrial sector. It is the first US-based organisation to join the initiative...

June 8, 2019

Traders show how much soy they source from the Cerrado

Glenn Hurowitz quoted

"The feed industry is fiddling while Brazil burns. May had the highest level of deforestation in Brazil ever recorded, and the soy traders response is just to provide data similar to what's already available in the public domain and pretend it's a response to the deforestation crisis."...