GLOBE 2010 Brings The World to the Individual Level

GLOBE 2010 Brings The World to the Individual Level

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 6:00pm


“A green economy needs to just be the economy,” said Dianne Dillon-Ridgley, a board director at InterFace Global and member of the closing Town Hall session at the 20thanniversary Globe 2010 in Vancouver.  - a sentiment which would be shared by many and echoed throughout the conference. 

Held every two years, Globe Foundation gathered over 10,000 participants from more than 80 countries to focus on a variety of themes that included Corporate Sustainability, Climate Change and Energy, Finance and Sustainability, Urban Infrastructure, Clean Technology, and Water: Impacts on Business. 

According to many speakers, this year the conference seemed different – more participants, more women, and a greater number of students and young professionals.  

Nicholas Parker, Executive Chairman, Cleantech Group LLC in San Francisco, CA, The Honorable John Yap, Minister of State for Climate Action, Government of British Columbia, Victoria, BC, David Runnalls, President & CEO, International Institute for Sustainable Development, Ottawa, ON  and Tony Manwaring, Chief Executive, Tomorrow’s Company, London, UK comprised the closing panel on Moving the Green Economy Forward.  With Christopher Henderson, President, Lumos Energy, moderating, the group explored -- what is a green economy? What is each person going to commit to changing or doing different? How do governments, citizen consumers, businesses and NGOs tell the stories that will effect the swiftest, necessary changes?