A college Sustainability Director, fired for speaking his truth about the poor lifespan of sustainable green products, is speaking out about the “cancel culture” that got him fired.
“I was the Bulwark College Sustainability Director for 15 years,” says professor Gynnal Mantenir. “But my employer put me on notice when I told my Twitter friends that there is no such thing as a completely green material, process, or product.”
That was just the beginning, Mantenir says, who notes on all his social media accounts that he’s a “corporate sustainability professional” and “opinions are my own.”
“I used to get nearly all of my sustainability news from Twitter feeds,” he says. “But that was before my wife told me that our Energy Star dishwasher and Green Seal certified leaf blower both failed on the same day and that USDA Organic doesn’t guarantee anything is organic.”
In a fit of humorous frustration, Mantenir says, he posted a long Twitter rant quoting his wife — who deplores the planned obsolescence of sustainable products — and then went to bed.
Overnight, and unbeknownst to Mantenir, Bulwark College responded to the rant. “This particular post from a staff member on his personal Twitter feed clearly does not represent the values and culture of Bulwark College,” said the college in a statement.
“The college fired me the next day,” he says. “And the online bullying from the green community got so bad I had to delete all my social media accounts.”
For his part, Mantenir says he regrets that Bulwark did not come to his defense — and instead fired him “just because people were offended by a joking rant I wrote on Twitter,” he says.
“I agree with president Obama. Cancel culture is unsustainable,” Mantenir says.