Announcing the Climate Leadership Gala: May 3, 2011

On May 3, 2011, Earth Day Network in partnership with the Carbon War Room and ACORE (American Council on Renewable Energy), will present the Climate Leadership Gala at the EPA Atrium of the Ronald Regan Building in Washington DC. The Gala will be the pinnacle of Creating Climate Wealth, a two-day Summit taking place on May 3 and May 4. 

The Creating Climate Wealth Summit will convene respected leaders and innovators from the government, non-profit, and corporate communities to provide insights and expertise on the policies, market frameworks, and programs that will clear the barriers to bringing carbon-cutting strategies to scale while promoting economic development and job creation. 
 
Climate change presents the greatest challenge in human history – a challenge that transcends national boundaries, ideology, race, and ethnicity. By nearly any measure – atmospheric carbon, global temperatures, and the rate of species extinction – we are living in unprecedented times, in which the prospects for the future are in grave doubt. But according to McKinsey and others, over 50% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions can be addressed with technology that currently exists. The World Economic Forum and Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimate that we only need to shift approximately $550 billion dollars to the clean economy to address climate change - this is less than a 1% shift of total current private capital allocations and is not an unrealistic goal.  Now is the time to harness the force of environmental entrepreneurs and thought leaders to confront humanity’s greatest challenge. That is the purpose and importance of the Creating Climate Wealth Summit.
 
The Climate Leadership Gala dinner at the EPA Atrium will include speakers, entertainment and special guests, presented by Earth Day Network in Partnership with Carbon War Room and ACORE. The 2010 Gala was one of Washington DC’s top-billed events of the year. The exclusive 2011 Gala will bring together leaders of industry, government and the NGO community to celebrate achievements, discuss how to remove impediments and forge a path to a post-carbon future. 
 
The Gala will feature speeches by luminaries and world leaders. On behalf of Carbon War Room, Richard Branson and Earth Day Network, two individuals will be honored: Women and the Green Economy (WAGE) Leader and Green Innovator of the Year.
 
About Earth Day Network:
Earth Day Network was founded on the premise that all people, regardless of race, gender, income, or geography, have a moral right to a healthy, sustainable environment. Our mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide, and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle for promoting a healthy, sustainable environment. We pursue our mission through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer activism campaigns.

Earth Day Network’s campaigns and programs are predicated on the belief that an educated, energized population will take action to secure a healthy future for itself and its children. The organization has a global reach with a network of more than 22,000 partners and organizations in 190 countries. Earth Day Network is a 501(c)3 organization located in Washington, D.C.  

About The Carbon War Room:
The Carbon War Room harnesses the power of entrepreneurs to implement market-driven solutions to climate change. The world needs entrepreneurial leadership to create a post-carbon economy.

The War Room’s unique approach focuses on bringing together successful entrepreneurs, business leaders, policy experts, researchers, and thought leaders to focus on market-driven solutions.

Their approach is to identify the barriers that are preventing market-based scale up of climate change solutions and thereby perpetuating the status quo. In addition to technology and policy gaps, these barriers include principal-agent problems, information gaps, and lack of common standards or metrics. The War Room operates across 25 battles in 7 theaters and has three core functions: The Carbon War Room is a US registered 501(3)c organization.

About ACORE:
 
The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) works to bring all forms of renewable energy into the mainstream of America’s economy and lifestyle. ACORE's members come from every aspect and sector of the renewable energy industries and their trade associations, including wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and biofuels, hydropower tidal/current energy and waste energy. The scope of ACORE’s membership also spans – among others – financial institutions, government leaders, educators, end-users, professional service providers and allied non-profit groups.
 
ACORE accomplishes much of its work by convening the leaders in each of these sectors, publishing collaborative research and facilitating communications among members, their stakeholders and the media. With a focus on trade, finance and policy, ACORE promotes all renewable energy options for the production of electricity, hydrogen, fuels and end-use energy. ACORE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C.