Based on the results of these projects, I.R.E.O will share the results with other organizations and expand on what they have learned to implement similar programs in their communities.
On May 2, 2008, ambassadors of 192 different countries, celebrities, royalty, leaders in the business world, and special guests will come together at the United Nations to try and implement the fight for global climate change. The main purpose of the meeting will be to overcome both environmental and humanitarian challenges worldwide, which will be materialized in both a conference and a gala benefit dinner.
The Sustainable Forum 2008 conference, taking place in the morning, is organized in conjunction with the United Nations Association of Brazil and will be attended by more than 800 individuals. The gala will be held by the International Renewable Energy Organization (I.R.E.O.), an intergovernmental organization. I.R.E.O is focused on building the bridge between governments, non-government organizations, social communities, and private sectors in order to establish a global alliance in renewable energy.
One of the main initiatives that I.R.E.O is currently working on is the harmful abundance of blue-green algae naturally occurring around the shorelines in bodies of water throughout the Dominican Republic and Brazil. Peter Ubaldi, charmain of the I.R.E.O water campaign, has created Clear Blue, a low-tech solution to the purification of contaminated lagoons. Clear Blue, a copper-based solution, has the ability to eradicate the bacteria that are killing the fish and breeding mosquitoes. “Many waters are contaminated with e-coli, mosquitoes, and malaria,” says Ubaldi, “but people continue to drink the water. Although it is naturally occurring, the problem is increasing in shallow waters because of global warming.” But I.R.E.O’s main goal is to establish pilot projects for various working sectors in developing countries such as these so they are able to independently support their nation and region using new energy and will no longer need the aid of I.R.E.O.
The gala will be attended by the global elite and will create vast networking opportunities between those with financial power and individuals with important causes to be heard. Last year, George Bush Sr. and Bill Clinton were among the guest speakers and this year, Al Gore is slated to give a speech. Other people expected to attend include Tony Blair, Condoleezza Rice, and of course, returning attendees Bush Sr. and Clinton. Leonardo DiCaprio, who is already involved with I.R.E.O. and is one of the greenest celebrities on the planet, will also be present.
“I feel that renewable energy is the one and only solution to fight climate change and global warming,” says Paolo Zampolli, executive director of the I.R.E.O organization. “Substantial efforts are needed to reach sustainable development.” In organizing the conference and gala dinner, Zampolli believes that these individuals and organizations will be able to provide the greatest assistance for nations in need by sharing resources and working hand-in-hand to deliver results as one. Based on the results of these projects, I.R.E.O will share the results with other organizations and expand on what they have learned to implement similar programs in their communities.