Last night Conservation International hosted their annual Chicago Dinner at the Four Seasons, raising over one million dollars for CIâ€™s work to protect and restore the diverse ecosystems that sustains life on Earth. The 20th anniversary event kicked off with CI board member and Chicago influential, Paula Crown announcing that the event was carbon neutral.
Al Gore, who is the environment’s latest jet setter was probably double booked. That, or he was trying to shrink his ever growing carbon footprint. He sent over a pre-taped message instead, emphasizing CIâ€™s work and the importance of conservation and leadership in order to curb climate change.
Guests, which included board members Meredith Brokaw (wife of Tom) and Harrison Ford with Calista Flockhart, dined on organic, locally grown cuisine. Some big names in the business world were also in attendance, including keynote speaker CEO of Aspen Institute, Walter Isaacson, Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott, and JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon. Conservation International is actually working with Wal-Mart to achieve its eco-goals.
Conservation International‘s work around the world has led to the protection of more than 500 million acres of land. They do a lot of work. Check out their site and delve into some of their specific projects like this feature on sharks, threatened by demand for shark fin soup!