EARTHDAY.ORG Gala Celebrates Climate Leadership at Gala

Sarah, the Duchess of York at the 2024 Climate Leadership Gala. Image credit: Leigh Vogel for EARTHDAY.ORG.

Earlier this month, EARTHDAY.ORG brought together leaders from the world of industry, finance, arts, tech, conservation, policy, philanthropy, and more to celebrate efforts to combat climate change.

This Climate Leadership Gala at the Mayflower Hotel celebrated a number of tireless advocates, including Laura Frigenti (CEO of the Global Partnership for Education), recipient of the EARTHDAY.ORG, Climate Education Champion Award; Sweta Chakraborty (CEO of We Don’t Have Time, North America), recipient of the Women and the Green Economy (WAGE®) Leadership Award; and The Montana 16 (suing the state of Montana to safeguard their constitutional right to a clean environment), recipients of the Youth Climate Leadership Award.

Climate Leaderships Award winners with Denis Hayes, the organizer of the first Earth Day and Kathleen Rogers, the President of EARTHDAY. ORG at the 2024 Climate Leadership Gala. Image credit: Leigh Vogel for EARTHDAY.ORG.

The organization’s Climate Visionary Award was presented to Jigar Shah (Director of the Loan Programs Office in the U.S. Department of Energy) for his achievements as a clean energy entrepreneur, pioneering and democratizing the solar energy business in the early 2000s. Shah was also recently named one of the world’s most influential people of 2024 by Time Magazine.

Denis Hayes, organizer of the very first Earth Day in 1970, also spoke at the Gala along with special guest, Sarah, Duchess of York, a longstanding global champion for the environment.