Environmental activist, climate change denier, and climate skeptic Steve Wozniak has had a tumultuous life, which started when he was a kid and ended in the 1990s when he became one of the biggest corporate leaders in the world.
Today, he’s an outspoken environmentalist who has been dubbed the “Green Apple” of Apple.
Woz is one of several environmental and climate change activists who have taken on the corporate world, such as Bill Gates, Tim Cook, and John Haughey, as well as a number of politicians.
But when Woz and his colleagues at the Woz Institute for the Environment (WE) were invited to the Apple keynote, they knew they would face a barrage of questions.
“I knew I’d be asked a lot, but the questions were just crazy,” Woz told Business Insider.
“The questions were like, ‘Why do you do this?’
I was like, well, what are you doing here?
That was a little scary.
And the more I went in the room, the more they got to me.
They said, ‘You’re an environmentalist.
You want to be a leader of the free world.’
And that’s how they became my friends.”
One of the questions that Woz’s team got from Apple was this: How do you become an activist?
“I think there’s a difference between activism and environmental activism,” he said.
“It’s just one of those things that is hard to define.”
When Woz was a child, he was very interested in technology and the environment.
In fact, he spent a lot of time playing with computers.
He became interested in science when he started to work in the 1970s at a chemical plant in Wyoming.
“That was an exciting time,” Wochi said.
Wos first major foray into activism came when he joined the National Endowment for the Arts.
That was after he got out of the environmental movement.
But Woz, who is a longtime activist, did not want to join the arts industry.
He was worried about working with artists, artists who he felt were working for corporate interests, he said, and that he wasn’t really a good fit for the industry.
After a while, Woz realized that he wanted to be in the environmental community, he added.
“And so I became an environmental lawyer and I worked in the environment law,” he told Business Insider.
He then went on to work for the US Environmental Protection Agency, a position that enabled him to speak out on a range of environmental issues.
“When I got there, I knew I wanted to get involved in the public square, but it wasn’t easy,” Wos said.
But it was when he got to work on environmental issues at Apple that he realized the opportunities he was being given.
Apple CEO Tim Cook and President Jeff Williams attend the WWDC 2017 keynote in Cupertino, California, U.S. June 3, 2019.
REUTERS/Stephen Lam Woz has a long history of working on environmental and other social justice issues.
He started working at Greenpeace in 1990 and has worked on environmental matters at environmental organizations for the past 14 years.
He’s also an environmental justice activist.
He says the way Apple deals with these issues has evolved.
“As I look back, it’s actually more like a gradual evolution of the position,” he explained.
“They’re trying to create this new, different kind of position.
It’s not that I didn’t know what I was doing.
I did, but I didn, I didn.
And I think what Apple has created is a whole new way to do it.”
Woz also says he’s not surprised by how quickly things have changed.
“In the early days of environmental activism, we were fighting against big companies, and the big companies were like all we wanted was to be able to breathe,” he added, “And they were like well, you know, if you’re not doing something to help us, then you don’t care about the environment.”
For example, in 1997, Greenpeace was fighting a coal mine in North Carolina when they learned that it was going to be decommissioned and the coal would be shipped to China.
Woos experience at the time helped shape the way environmental activism works today.
“What Apple has done is a very good example of how it could help create a whole different climate change movement,” Woos said.
He added that the company is working to create an environment that supports sustainable farming and is investing in research and education to fight climate change.
Woes perspective was echoed by Apple’s VP of corporate development, Jeff Williams.
“Apple has a commitment to doing everything we can to improve the world’s climate,” he wrote in an email.
“We want to make sure that all of our employees are engaged in this work and we want to continue to make them aware of the importance of the climate and the impact of our actions on it. Apple’s