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Al Gore in Athens: 'Leadership in a Changing World'

Submitted by: Ecoweek

Categories: Events, Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted: Sep 04, 2008 – 01:54 PM EST


Leadership in a Changing World

Speaker: Al Gore

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Athenaeum InterContinental Athens

ECOWEEK is proud to announce the keynote lecture by former U.S. Vice President and Peace Nobel Laureate Al Gore entitled Leadership in a Changing World in Athens on Tuesday, October 14, 2008.

ECOWEEK invites Al Gore to Greece again this year, to address leadership and environmental issues of global warming and climate change among political, and business leaders in Greece. Al Gore presented his slide show on global warming at the Athens Concert Hall in June 2007 invited by ECOWEEK and Megaron Plus.

Al Gore is invited to speak at two events:

(a) A reception for a distinguished audience of 500 political and business leaders at the Athenaeum InterContinental Athens, and

(b) A Q&A session with secondary-school students, following the simultaneous screening of award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth at the adjacent National Insurance Conference Centre. The speaker will be introduced by Greek Minister of Education Mr. Evripides Stylianides and ECOWEEK President Dr. Elias Messinas. It is a rare opportunity offered to selected High School students to hold a discussion with a global leader and environmental activist, who is the co-winner, with the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for "informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change." Students will then carry the message to their schools in every part of Greece.

Al Gore's keynote lecture opens ECOWEEK's 2008-2009 programmes of screenings of documentary An Inconvenient Truth to more than 30,000 High Schools students in Greece, Cyprus and Israel; the international young architects Forum in 7 countries, and the announcement of ECOWEEK international conference "Ecology + Leadership + Architecture" to take place in Athens in April 2009. ECOWEEK has presented documentary An Inconvenient Truth to an audience of more than 10,000 in Greece and Cyprus, and more than 10,000 secondary-school students since 2007.

Leadership in a Changing World

Arguing that the physical changes in our planet will eventually influence our global economy, Vice President Gore encourages political and business audiences to consider broader issues -- environmental, social and political -- when planning economic strategy. An active leader in technology, Vice President Gore discusses technological advancement and the potential of user involvement. He identifies key opportunities and challenges in digital society. Acclaimed for his environmental achievements, outlined in his bestselling Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit, and his bestselling book that inspired an Oscar-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, ultimately brings home Vice President Gore's persuasive argument that we can no longer afford to view global warming as a political issue but rather, as the moral challenge facing our global civilisation.

Programme A -- Athenaeum InterContinental: Ballroom, Athens (afternoon)

  • Lunch Reception, Athenaeum InterContinental Athens (Ballroom)
  • Opening Remarks & 1-hour Keynote Lecture by Al Gore entitled Leadership in a Changing World

    Programme B -- National Insurance Convention Center Conference Hall, Athens (afternoon)

    VP Gore meets Greek students at a unique Q&A session following the screening of the Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth with Al Gore. This meeting is initiated and organised by ECOWEEK in co-operation with the Hellenic Ministry of Education.

  • Opening remarks by Greece's Education Minister Evripidis Stylianidis and Ecoweek President Dr. Elias Messinas
  • Screening of An Inconvenient Truth -- 97 min. Greek subtitles
  • Q&A session of Secondary School students with VP Gore Students will then be asked to take the message back to their schools, where, in cooperation with ECOWEEK, the Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth will be screened at their school and a discussion will follow on the environmental issues raised in the documentary.

    This is a unique opportunity offered to Greek Gymnasium students from Attica and surrounding regions to meet and communicate with a global leader and environmental activist, who is the co-winner, with the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for "informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change."

    Screening of environmental documentaries in schools

    Since 2007 ECOWEEK has undertaken to show the Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth by Davis Guggenheim starring Al Gore, throughout Greece in screenings free of charge in schools, the army and events open and free to the general public. Since 2007 ECOWEEK has shown this and other environmental documentaries to an audience of more than 15,000, including more than 6,000 High School students. Screenings have taken place throughout Greece and in schools in Larnaka, Cyprus.

    ECOWEEK's 2008-2009 programme, entitled "Team 15+300" includes more screenings in schools by a team of ECOWEEK associates, trained in leadership and the environment, to more than 300 schools and more than 30,000 students. The programme has the support of VESTAS SA and ECOWEEK sponsor OSRAM SA. This programme is also scheduled to be implemented in schools in the fire-stricken areas of Ileias prefecture with the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

    Media sponsors (as at September 2, 2008): CSRwire (www.csrwire.com), QualityNet (www.qualitynet.gr), EuroCharity (www.eurocharity.org/en), and Econews (www.econews.gr).

    The Honorable Al Gore

  • 45th Vice President of the United States of America
  • 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Winner
  • Author, An Inconvenient Truth
  • Chairman, Current TV
  • Chairman, Generation Investment Management
  • Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers

    Former Vice President Al Gore is Chairman of Current TV, an Emmy award-winning, independently owned cable and satellite television nonfiction network for young people based on viewer-created content and citizen journalism. He also serves as Chairman of Generation Investment Management, a firm that is focused on a new approach to sustainable investing and a Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufiled Byers. Al Gore is a member of the board of directors of Apple and a senior adviser to Google. He is a Visiting Professor at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and chairs the Alliance for Climate Protection, a non-profit organisation designed to help solve the climate crisis.

    Al Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, 1978, 1980 and 1982 and the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. He was inaugurated as the forty-fifth Vice President of the United States on January 20, 1993, and served eight years. During the Administration, Al Gore was a central member of President Clinton's economic team. He served as President of the Senate, a Cabinet member, a member of the National Security Council, and as the leader of a wide range of Administration initiatives.

    He is the author of the bestsellers Earth in the Balance and An Inconvenient Truth and is the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary. His current book, The Assault on Reason, is an indictment of the Bush-led radical Right's disdain for the principles of reasoned decision-making, and a reckoning with the degradation of the public sphere that facilitates their rule of unreason.

    Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, live in Nashville, Tennessee. They have four children and three grandchildren.


    ECOWEEK is an international non-profit non-governmental organization. ECOWEEK mission is to raise public awareness and involvement in environmental protection, recycling, energy conservation, renewable energy, and ‘green’ building. ECOWEEK started its activity on the island of Aegina in 2005. In 2007 ECOWEEK spread out throughout Greece and in 2008 ECOWEEK expanded its activity to Cyprus and Israel, is planning partnerships in Botswana and Guatemala, and programs in Brussels, London and New York. ECOWEEK founder and President is Yale graduate, Ford Fellow, architect and environmental consultant Dr. Elias Messinas.

    Sponsorship: Opportunities still available. Please contact Ecoweek at ecoweek@ecoweek.gr

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