May 31, 2010 / ENERGY GLOBE Award
ENERGY GLOBE in Rwanda
A private initiative has made history: The ENERGY GLOBE will be opening the UN World Environment Day (WED) in Rwanda. With participants from 150 nations, World Environment Day is the largest environmental campaign worldwide. For anyone who cannot attend live, the ENERGY GLOBE Gala will be broadcast live on numerous TV channels worldwide with a total of 500 hours of air time. Rwanda TV will broadcast the Gala live in Africa.
Environmental VIPs from the world over
In addition to leading representatives of the Rwanda government – President Paul Kagame and Environment Minister Stanislas Kamanzi are expected – prominent leaders from the field of environment are supporting the ENERGY GLOBE Gala, including UNEP climate hero Luo Hong, UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, Peter Rae (Vice president of the environmental initiative REN21) and Ian Redmond (Patron of the Great Apes Survival Project). Likewise the celebrity factor will make the Gala interesting, as US actor Don Cheadle (Oscar for his role in “Rwanda Hotel”) intends to join WED. Also, Victor Lazlo onstage will build a unique bridge between European pop and Rwandan folklore.
World’s best environmental projects televised
Host nation Rwanda has played a harbinger role for years on the African continent regarding conservation of nature. The country has banned the use of plastic bags nationwide and created a protective corridor for gorillas. Rwanda will be presented an Honorary Award for its achievements. However, the primary focus of attention will be on the ENERGY GLOBE nominees and their environmental projects. Nearly 1000 projects from some 100 nations were submitted last year. The best 15 are competing in Rwanda: from portable solar power in rural Bangladesh to floating wind turbines in Norway. Which of the nominees will carry the ENERGY GLOBE World Award home will be decided at the Gala on June 3 in Kigali, Rwanda.
The Gala is hosted by the ENERGY GLOBE Foundation with organization by GEG Agency of Austria. The ENERGY GLOBE Award has already enjoyed venues in Japan, Canada and twice at the EU-Parliament in Brussels with personalities such as Kofi Annan and Michael Gorbachev as award presenters. The invitation to World Environment Day proves that the ENERGY GLOBE Award is perceived as THE global environmental prize, even on the level of the UN.
Submit now for next years ENERGY GLOBE Award
For a chance to bring your project into the limelight at the ENERGY GLOBE Awards, there is some time left: Until June 15 you can submit online at www.energyglobe.info. The best projects have a chance for an ENERGY GLOBE Award!
Note: Reports and press photos of the Gala and the winners
will be available from June 4 at www.energyglobe.info.