Harrison Ford to Receive Prestigious Environmental Award at Conservation International’s 30th Anniversary Dinner
October 31, 2017
Conservation International’s Annual Gala Will Also Honor SC Johnson and Rock in Rio, Feature Climate Leader Christiana Figueres and Top-Ranked Brazilian Chef Alex Atala
ARLINGTON, Va. (Oct. 31, 2017) – Conservation International will award Harrison Ford with its prestigious Founders’ Award at its 30th anniversary dinner that will take place in Los Angeles, California on Nov. 2. Ford is a longtime environmental advocate and has served on Conservation International’s board of directors for more than 25 years.
“Harrison’s commitment to protecting and restoring nature is beyond question,” said Dr. M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International. “He is simply all in. Not only has he rolled up his sleeves and deeply engaged in the on-the-ground work of Conservation International, he has also dedicated his own land to conservation, contributed to massive out-reach and education campaigns, and made his formidable presence known on Capitol Hill around the direct connection between wildlife trafficking and criminal or terror networks. His passionate engagement, and his willingness to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with us, is a great motivator for all of us, including the next generation of young leaders, working to protect nature for people.”
Conservation International will also honor two recipients with its Global Conservation Hero Award — SC Johnson & Son, Inc. (SC Johnson) and Rock in Rio — to recognize the transformative impacts that their environmental commitment and actions have had on the planet and its people.
H. Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of SC Johnson, and Luis Justo, CEO of Rock in Rio, will accept the award on behalf of their organizations.
SC Johnson and Conservation International have partnered for nearly 16 years, leading to the protection of more than 100,000 acres of land, much of it in the Amazon. Through a partnership with Conservation International earlier this year to support the virtual reality film Under the Canopy, SC Johnson enlisted the public to help protect 10,000 acres of the Amazon rainforest through an acre-for-acre match campaign. The campaign garnered donations from all 50 U.S. states and 31 countries through Conservation International’s website. Most recently, the company has joined Conservation International in the launch of its new carbon calculator, an innovative tool for people everywhere to understand and offset their daily impact on the climate.
“SC Johnson’s long history of protecting the world’s forests is emblematic of their commitment to the well-being of families everywhere,” said Sanjayan. “Their work ensures clean air, fresh water and help build a more stable climate for us all.”
Rock in Rio, through its “Amazonia Live” initiative, recently announced a massive forest restoration project in partnership with Conservation International and others. The project — the largest tropical reforestation effort in the world — will restore 73 million trees in the Brazilian Amazon by 2023, spanning 30,000 hectares (70,000 acres), the equivalent of 30,000 soccer fields. Funds raised by SC Johnson will help launch the project.
“Rock in Rio has always sought to change the world for the better — and on a massive scale,” said Sanjayan. “Their new commitment to this partnership is in fitting with that defining spirit.”
The special evening will also include featured speaker and internationally recognized climate leader Christiana Figueres, a former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and a Conservation International Lui-Walton Innovators Distinguished Fellow.
Top-ranked Brazilian Chef Alex Atala, one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people, will also create a one-of-a-kind dish for the evening.
The evening’s theme of No Forest, No Future will highlight the great benefits of protecting one of the planet’s most valuable ecosystems: tropical forests, especially the Amazon.
About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow Conservation International’s work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.