Followup: Fortune Forum Summit 2007
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Well, I'm afraid the invitation for NHNE to attend this year's Fortune Forum
Summit did not arrive in time for me fire up NHNE's private Learjet and fly
to London. Perhaps our invitation to join the rich and famous was
overlooked. Short of reporting, first hand, on what happened at the event, I
was sure someone else would let the world know what the mysterious
"discovery that could give the world access to vast quantities of energy
with minimal damage to the climate" was that was supposed to be introduced
"for the first time" at this year's summit:
ENERGY BREAKTHROUGH TO BE INTRODUCED TO RICH & FAMOUS (11/30/2007):
But I haven't heard a peep about it. If you happen to run across any
information about this, email it in <nhne@...>. In the meantime, I've
included a couple news stories and websites that provide more background
--- David Sunfellow
Fortune Forum Website:
Fortune Forum News Coverage:
GORE PRAISES UK'S LEADER FOR HIS BATTLE AGAINST GLOBAL WARMING
November 30, 2007
LONDON - Al Gore on Friday night praised Prime Minister Gordon Brown for his
role in the battle against global warming.
"I'm grateful for his leadership on the issues," the former U.S. vice
president said during the keynote speech at the Fortune Forum Summit, an
annual event that gathers politicians, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and
celebrity activists to support the work of major charities.
"I wish that was the case in my own country," the Nobel Peace Prize winner
told the audience at London's Royal Court of Justice.
It included public figures such as musicians Bob Geldof and Damien Rice,
actresses Daryl Hannah and Jerry Hall, and English TV presenter David Frost.
The event opened with a video message from Brown, which called Gore an
"inspiration" regarding the debate over climate change.
Brown said, "All of us must accept our share of responsibilities and work
together to change. ... We must act now."
The prime minister recently said he is considering whether Britain can meet
an 80 percent cut in carbon emissions by 2050. The prime minister already
has pledged a 60 percent reduction.
Last month, California's Republican governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, praised
Conservative Party leader David Cameron for winning a global reputation by
promoting climate change issues.
Philanthropist Renu Mehta, the founder of the Fortune Forum Summit, said of
global warming on Friday night: "We simply cannot continue to ignore our
responsibility... and expect nature's bounty to continue to bless us."
She also said in her speech: "It is indeed a pleasure to be with so many
powerful people who do not need to be convinced to care."
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton spoke at the inaugural 1,000-pound
(US$2,055, €1,405) a seat Fortune Forum Summit last year.
THE GUEST LIST:
Al Gore, Nobel prize winner
Lily Cole, model
John Bon Jovi, rock star
Lily Allen, singer
Bob Geldof, singer and campaigner
Benazir Bhutto, politician
Christian Slater, actor
Daryl Hannah, actress
Sir David Frost, broadcaster
Jerry Hall, model
Damien Rice, singer
Bianca Jagger, campaigner
Marie Helvin, model
Yusuf Islam, singer (formerly Cat Stevens)
Lady Annabel Goldsmith, socialite
Zac Goldsmith, politician
HOLLYWOOD’S FULL-ON GREEN GUERRILLA
By John-Paul Flintoff
The Sunday Times
December 2, 2007
To some people, the prospect of meeting Daryl Hannah, the tall and beautiful
actress with bee-stung lips, flaxen hair and faraway look, might seem a
treat. To me, it’s all hard work and high seriousness -- a chance to talk
about climate change with one of the world’s foremost environmental
It’s strictly for this reason that I allow myself, after a decorous
conversation over tea at her London hotel, to be dragged around the city --
entirely on public transport -- frantically lining up on her behalf
last-minute meetings with representatives of the UK’s green grassroots.
Hannah, who rarely gives interviews, was in London last week to address the
Fortune Forum summit -- alongside this year’s Nobel peace prize winner, Al
Gore, Bob Geldof, and (on video link) Tony Blair and Gordon Brown -- with an
audience of powerful and influential figures whose combined wealth is
estimated at something like £100 billion.
Through the newly formed International Clean Energy Circle, the forum,
founded by London socialite Renu Mehta, brings together these funders and
inventors whose ideas might help to tackle climate change.
And that’s just what we need, says Hannah. “We are in crisis. Species are
dying by the bucket-load and people are suffering in vast numbers. But there
is good news. I’ve learnt about so many really exciting and positive things
happening to turn the tide.”
Hannah was an early adopter of biofuels. Her home in Colorado has passive
and active solar systems. She is a keen knitter, keeps bees, and in her
organic garden she grows enough to supply her own needs and to sell at a
On her web TV channel, Daryl Hannah Love Life <http://www.dhlovelife.com/>,
to which you can subscribe through iTunes, she uploads weekly, five-minute
films showcasing these and other climate solutions. But unlike many
environmental campaigns, it is almost unrelentingly cheerful.
At home she drives a farm tractor, a GMC truck and a Chev-rolet El Camino,
running them all on biodiesel. One film on her website shows her licking the
cap on her fuel tank, as a demonstration that the reused chip fat she burns
is no more toxic than salt or maple syrup.
Naturally, she doesn’t favour biofuels produced at the expense of rainforest
or valuable crop land, and recently took delivery of 2,000 gallons of rancid
oil from a beauty supplier. “So I have two years of fuel. It’s hemp oil.”
She spoke about hemp at the forum. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson
both grew the wonder crop, and the American constitution was written on
paper made of hemp. Indeed, an expert told her: “Everything that isn’t made
of glass or metal can be made out of hemp . . . everything.” But growing it,
in the UK and America, is illegal.
“Hemp is a weed, it grows like a weed. It can be made as soft as cotton and
it doesn’t need all that water, or pesticides.” Every cotton T-shirt, she
says, uses nine years of one person’s drinking water -- one year to grow the
cotton and the rest in processing. “We have to be conscious about what we
buy. We have to move towards things that will work just as well, but will be
better for you and your loved ones.”
Hannah subscribes to the green movement with almost religious fervour. When
I meet people like this, I always wonder what motivates them. Religion?
Chicago-born Hannah was raised a Catholic, but “flunked the catechism”. “I
took the tenets to heart. I asked why we couldn’t take the gold from the
ceiling and give it to the poor. If you ask questions that means you don’t
have faith. And they didn’t like me colouring in the pictures in my Bible.”
She saw her parents divorce when she was seven, but developed a close
relationship with her late stepfather, a property tycoon. At school, her
striking appearance won her few friends. She often came home crying. Another
problem was a tendency to daydream. “I maybe had Asperger’s. It wasn’t
widely understood at the time.”
Her shyness is legendary. She hid that for years by taking refuge in the
parts she played, but off-camera she hates publicity. This is a woman who
once required tranquillising to appear at the Oscars. She has acted in more
than 40 films, most recently making a big impression as the eyepatch-wearing
assassin in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill films.
Some years ago, she researched a film role by working undercover in a strip
club for five months. “It was mortifying,” she says, “but better than having
to sit on a talk show in front of an audience and have idle cocktail chat
with the presenter.”
She’s particularly uncomfortable talking about her private life. She had a
10-year relationship with the singer Jackson Browne, and subsequently lived
with the late John F Kennedy Jr for three years. She’s currently single and
has said she would like to be a mother but thinks children benefit from
having two parents. She says she may one day adopt the kind of child who is
usually overlooked, from a difficult background, or older than most would-be
Like other celebrities who espouse causes -- and adopt children -- Hannah is
bound to attract flak. She says she’s not worried. “People can and will say
whatever they want. I think it’s a good idea to practise what you preach.
But I also try not to preach. For years I just did this stuff and didn’t
talk about it. I only started to speak out after 9/11 when I saw that my
country was going to war over oil. There are other ways to get around, to
move your body from one place to another!”
Did she really have to fly to London to address the Fortune Forum? Couldn’t
she, like Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, have submitted a video?
“Travel is one of the most harmful things, in terms of greenhouse gases. But
there is something invaluable about meeting people face to face. People
might ask, why should they go to a dinner to watch somebody on tape?” With
guests paying many thousands to attend Friday’s event, that’s a reasonable
“For me, one thing that needs to happen is self-reliance and local
economies. Always support the local community if you can. If you can’t grow
your own food, support your local farmers’ market. And if somebody is making
clothes in your community, that is better than somebody using slave labour
“Corporate marketing tells us that we have to wash our clothes with this or
it won’t get the dirt out. And we’re told to clean our floors or dishes with
something that is actually toxic to children. People buy what they’re sold.
They don’t realise that they have the power to make another choice.”
The most important thing, says Hannah, is to reform the way we measure
success. “I’m doing the opposite of what most people do. I’m not moving to
bigger houses and cars. I’m thinking of moving to a smaller place. And I
like the idea of a less permanent structure. With the fires in California
recently, I started to think that maybe a permanent structure is not
necessarily the ideal.
“I have done it before. I lived in a tepee for two years while I was
rebuilding my house. It was great. I highly recommend it. I had a desk with
all my books, a queen-sized bed, a kitchen area. And I had a lockbox because
you can’t lock a tepee, so I could put away valuables and my guitar.
(Similar tepees are available for sale on her website.)
We arrive at the 10th-floor, tower-block HQ of London’s chief guerrilla
gardener, Richard Reynolds, leader of a group that plants flowers and shrubs
on derelict land. After a quick chat, he takes Hannah to see a field of
lavender he planted with friends on a traffic island, presents her with a
homemade cushion filled with lavender and tells her he already rather
cheekily signed her up as an unofficial member of his online posse after she
was arrested in Los Angeles, in the summer, for her part in a campaign to
save a community farm in South Central LA.
She’d been hanging in a tree for three weeks and was one of the last people
removed from the site, converted to an allotment after the riots of the
“I’m still very upset that we could not save the farm,” she says, taking her
Guerrilla Gardeners membership card. “It’s exactly the kind of thing we need
right now. People say adopting a low-carbon lifestyle is expensive, but here
were people who did not have a lot of money, growing medicinal and organic
food for local consumption in one of the most polluted and dangerous parts
of the city. It’s exactly what we need to replicate, and it was destroyed.”
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