Biden picks green champions for highest civilian honor

By Robin Bravender | 05/03/2024 01:28 PM EDT

Al Gore, John Kerry and Michael Bloomberg are among those receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

Former Vice President Al Gore

Former Vice President Al Gore speaks about climate change at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 17. Markus Schreiber/AP

Longtime climate and environmental champions will receive the nation’s highest civilian honor from President Joe Biden at a White House event Friday.

Former Vice President Al Gore, former Secretary of State John Kerry and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg are among the 19 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the White House announced. The list also includes former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who died in 2013.

“The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the prosperity, values, or security of the United States, world peace, or other significant societal, public or private endeavors,” the White House said. “These nineteen Americans built teams, coalitions, movements, organizations, and businesses that shaped America for the better.”


Biden is scheduled to present the awards to recipients at a White House ceremony Friday afternoon.