Future 500 | Finding common ground between uncommon allies

22385_866433146736391_8691295266320330835_nFuture 500 teamed up with Earth Day Texas in Dallas in April to bring together a uniquely diverse set of nearly 80 corporate, non-profit advocacy, and conservative stakeholders to explore common ground solutions on oceans, forests, and climate protection. Attendees came as far away as Germany for the day-long discussion, moderated by Future 500’s CEO Bill Shireman. There was strong representation ranging from Fortune 500 information technology companies and oil & gas, to environmental non-profit leaders and foundation funders, and representatives of conservative and libertarian initiatives.

Participants across the spectrum were highly aligned on the need for the United States to adopt a revenue-neutral carbon tax. Participants also shared insight on how the language used by the environmental community can unintentionally alienate conservatives — a key target audience — as the group explored ways to move beyond the politicized language that currently divides stakeholders on climate.  New measures on marine debris and encouraging developments in forest conservation in Asia were also highlighted.

The discussion was sponsored by Trammell S. Crow, a noted environmental donor active in Republican politics, and the founder of Earth Day Texas.  Earth Day Texas (formerly, Earth Day Dallas) is an annual, outdoor festival seeking to elevate environmental awareness and influence the way Texans think, live and work. The family-friendly and free-admission event allows leaders in the corporate, academic and non-profit worlds to unite and show Texans how green lifestyle choices can lower their cost of living, improve their health, and help protect the environment. 

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