Press Release

Tom Steyer, Laura Lane, and Peter Shapiro to be Honored at 2022 Annual Climate Leadership Gala Presented by EARTHDAY.ORG

Remarks by John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate and Gina McCarthy, White House National Climate Advisor

Washington, D.C. – EARTHDAY.ORG will host the 2022 Climate Leadership Gala on Earth Day, April 22, at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. The event will bring together 300 industry leaders from the world of tech, finance, arts, conservation, policy, philanthropy, and more to celebrate climate achievements, track progress, and honor transformative leadership in the environmental movement.

“There has never been a greater moment of opportunity to Invest In Our Planet and change the trajectory of the defining crisis of our time. Earth Day 2022 is the moment when we all come together to act on climate change – individuals, businesses and governments. This year’s honorees are leading the way to create widespread awareness and accelerate critical action for climate change solutions,” said Kathleen Rogers, President, EARTHDAY.ORG. 

Peter Shapiro, Founder of Dayglo Presents, will receive the inaugural Climate Artist Leadership Award for his extraordinary efforts to leverage the power of music to raise awareness about the threat of global climate change and promote solutions. He has owned and operated renowned venues such as the Brooklyn Bowl, The Capitol Theatre, and Wetlands Preserve and produced multiple Earth Day events on the National Mall, including the March for Science and the Climate Rally. Additionally, he is currently the Chairman of HeadCount, one of the leading youth voter engagement and participation organizations in America. 

This year, EARTHDAY.ORG will be honoring Laura Lane, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer of UPS, with the 2022 Women in the Green Economy Award for her stalwart effort to ensure UPS helps improve the well-being of 1 billion lives by 2040 and achieves carbon neutrality by 2050. As a purpose-driven company working to meet rigorous ESG commitments, Laura and her team at UPS are helping maintain momentum towards environmental progress while moving our world forward by delivering what matters.

Tom Steyer, Co-Executive Chair, Galvanize Climate Solutions, will receive the 2022 Climate Visionary Award in recognition of his exceptional leadership on climate change. Through decades of work as a businessman, philanthropist, environmental activist, political candidate and more, he has demonstrated bold leadership and an unflagging commitment to solving the challenge of climate change in a manner that honors the contributions and sacrifices of the workers in fossil fuel communities, provides justice to impacted marginalized communities, and builds an innovative and strong green economy with opportunity for all.

The event includes remarks by John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate and Gina McCarthy, White House National Climate Advisor.

The 2022 Climate Leadership Gala is supported by presenting sponsors Polestar and Gérard Bertrand, Inc.

Polestar is a new performance electric car company from Sweden. The company seeks to reduce its climate impact with every new model, including aiming to produce a truly climate-neutral car by 2030. On the road currently are the Polestar 1 GT car and the all-electric Polestar 2 performance fastback. In the coming three years, Polestar plans to launch one new electric vehicle per year, starting with Polestar 3 electric performance SUV in 2022 and the Polestar 4 in 2023. The Polestar 5 electric performance 4-door GT is planned to be launched in 2024, a production evolution of Polestar Precept. “Supporting EARTHDAY.ORG and The Climate Leadership Gala is a natural fit for Polestar,” said Gabe Dunn, Head of Marketing for Polestar US. “Taking care of our one Earth is at the core of what we do, and we at Polestar are continuing to push our industry to move toward a more circular and sustainable world.”

Winemaker Gérard Bertrand owns 16 châteaux and wine-growing estates in the Languedoc and Roussillon regions, where he is deeply attached to the terroirs. Following the philosophy that viticulture in harmony with nature is the best way to make wines that express the nuances of the vineyards, Bertrand made the choice to adopt biodynamic practices in the vineyard early on and is today considered a pioneer in biodynamics. Known for his great talent for blending, as well as for his audacity and creativity, he and his teams strive to showcase the beauty of wines from the South of France throughout the world. “Doing all that we can to protect everyone’s right to a thriving natural world reflects how well we understand our place within nature, not outside it. Biodynamic and organic viticulture is how the wine industry can contribute and lead the change in agriculture.”

Supporting sponsors of the event include United Parcel Service (UPS) and Benevity. An American multinational shipping company, UPS has committed to achieving carbon-neutrality by 2050. Benevity, a certified B Corporation, is a leader in global corporate purpose software, providing a best-in-class integrated suite of community investment and employee, customer and nonprofit engagement solutions.

Additional sponsors include Peter Fiekowsky, Author; Galvanize Climate Solutions; We Don’t Have Time; Humanity 2.0; Comstock; FullCycle; Defiance Media; NRG; and Own Your Own Data Foundation.

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EARTHDAY.ORG’s mission is to diversify, educate, and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day (1970), EARTHDAY.ORG is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 150,000 partners in nearly 192 countries to build environmental democracy. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day actions each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. Learn more at