by Michael dEstries
Categories: Causes
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Last Thursday, media mogul, eco-warrior (and future cannibal) Ted Turner held a fundraising event for his Captain Planet Foundation at Producing Director Anthony Pratt’s penthouse atop New York City’s Sherry-Netherland hotel. In attendance were a crowd of deep pockets, Chevy Chase, and his environmentally-focused wife Janie.

According to emagazine, most vegetarians (vegans would have left after five minutes) would have been disappointed in the cuisine being served: tiny grilled cheese sandwiches, chicken satay and mini versions of Mr. Turner’s famed bison burgers. See, Ted is the largest landowner in North America — which also contain the largest herds of bison — something he would like to see a lot more of in the American diet. We’re not sure if Captain Planet know about these plans yet…

But back to the event. From the article,

“Chase and his enthusiastic eco-advocate wife Janie were the celebrity du jours of the evening. They gamely posed for pictures, and Janie discussed the importance of greening the nation’s schools from top to bottom, and educating kids about the process while they’re at it. She mentioned the traveling art show called Cool Globes, which brings attention to global warming solutions by various artist renderings on actual globes. The globes are beautifully detailed and colored, some with striking designs, some with technical wizardry, and the project involves a whole curriculum for classrooms.”

For his part, Chase assume the role of auctioneer and received bids from the audience on signed guitars, photos, and other memorabilia. A dinner with Turner even went for $9K. Hope the winner likes meat.

Check out the rest of the evening over on emagazine.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • http://www.travelingmel.com mel

    I’m not promoting meat, in fact I’m a vegetarian of 17 years, but as someone who lives not too far from one of Ted’s big landholdings in Montana, I can tell you that what he is doing isn’t so bad.

    Bison are so much better for the land (they and the landscape evolved together) than cows. By restoring native bison to his ranches, along with restoring native plants and watersheds, Ted is doing something good–and big–for the planet. Captain Planet can probably appreciate that.

  • http://www.myspace.com/xjaxinx Jaxin

    I hope Captain Planet is vegan, it would just make sense. :D