Last night, celebs rolled up in hybrid cars and wore eco-friendly fashion down the red carpet at the 18th annual Environmental Media Awards. Some of the stars seen at the Ebell Theatre included Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Rosario Dawson, Nicole Richie, Joel Madden, Lance Bass, Maria Bello, Amy Smart and Wilmer Valderrama.

Actress Amy Smart, who was dressed in a lovely eco-friendly black gown, says she’s been inspired to go green in her own life. “Once we all realized that there’s been so much destruction and pollution — especially once Al Gore came out with An Inconvenient Truth, and then realizing that the last 8 years, the Bush administration hasn’t done anything about it — it’s now become everyone’s responsibility. I don’t care how much money you make, I don’t care where you live — it’s really easy to be green. You can find products at grocery stores everywhere, now.”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus talked about her hybrid car, the solar panels she has installed in her home and her happiness over the outcome of the election. “I think we all know now that the environmental movement is here to stay. And that global warming is real. And I’m so thrilled that we have president elect Barack Obama who does believe that global warming is a true issue,” she said.

It’s awesome how so many celebrities are realizing how much power they have to inspire people to do the right thing. As former N-Syncer Lance Bass told USA Today, they feel like they have a responsibility to take action because the world is watching.

Indeed, we are watching – and proud to see how much good is being done!

Photo credit: Jessica Jacobs

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    Note: carpet was green

  • Mark Paul

    It’s great to see celebrities get involved – and provide leadership by their actions. I hope we continue getting good science into the mix (witness that rush toward bio-fuels, without the science to know how bad it is for water use and food prices).

    We need a concerted effort to move off fossil fuels as soon as possible. We can do it through policy, reduced use and innovative technologies & “business models”.

    This first (policy) should be the “instigation” to nudge us in the right direction (but should be coupled with good science, not just politics as usual!). The 2nd (reduced use) is a great way to decrease fossil fuel us immediately, but is not the long-term solution for quality of life. (Other countries have a desire to improve their quality of life – and should be encouraged to do so.

    Only the latter (innovation) can provide sustainable solutions for our children and grandchildren. To help us build a significantly better world for generations to come. But we all need to work together, in an “all of the above” way.

    We need to leverage / encourage current energy companies to help us solve this problem. Help them profit from going green! Not until they truly get on board will this problem be solved. It seems counter-intuitive, but what we’ve been doing for the past 35 years has not worked!

    Please check out for an innovative business model to commercialize green technologies and to access “The 21st Century Energy Initiative” – a comprehensive research report / eBook on what we MUST do to address this grand challenge.

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