Terry Savage, Chairman of Lions Festivals, said that it was “incredibly humbling to be able to give the Cannes LionHeart to a man that had achieved so much, particularly in his devotion to solving the global climate crisis.”
Introduced last year, the Cannes LionHeart is an honorary award, presented to an individual who through innovative use of commercial brand power has made a significant and positive difference to people or the planet.
Former Vice President Al Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management. He is a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and a member of Apple, Inc.’s board of directors. Al Gore spends the majority of his time as chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit devoted to solving the climate crisis. He was inaugurated as the forty-fifth Vice President of the United States on January 20, 1993, where he served eight years. He is the author of a series of bestsellers, the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary, as well as the co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
During Cannes Lions, Al Gore will also participate in the Cannes Debate with Sir Martin Sorrell on Friday 26 June in the Grand Audi. Their wide-ranging discussion will cover Live Earth: Road to Paris, The Climate Reality Project and the role of communications in political and environmental campaigning.