The Academy Awards are this weekend, and as such environmental group Global Green held its 8th Annual pre-Oscar party! The event drew some of our eco-celeb faves, like James Cameron, Orlando Bloom, Alison Brie, and Twilight: Breaking Dawn star Maggie Grace!
Lucky for you we were there reporting live during the green carpet arrivals (yes, there was actually an eco-friendly green carpet!). And we got to learn more about the non-profit, which aims to move us toward a sustainable future with initiatives like a carbon index system to help cities monitor their emissions (LA scored a poor C-, yeesh), working to implement green schools, and affect climate policy.
Matt Petersen, the President and CEO of Global Green, spoke to us and said of the night, “I’m hoping that it’s a time to use the power of Hollywood to get the message about the environment out: clean air, clean water, clean energy, clean jobs.” He then added, “And also it’s a chance to have a little fun, you know we as environmentalists can be a serious bunch, so once in a while we need to have a little fun too.”
Among some of the Hollywood elite who were there to enjoy the fun included Daphne Zuniga of One Tree Hill, who showed up in a Lexus hybrid (pretty little eco-car!). Of the environment, Zuniga said, “Time is running out,” adding, “Citizens don’t realize that every politician has a phone number with either a voicemail or an assistant there to take your call, and I feel like that kind of activism is needed.”
And when asked if the set of One Tree Hill has any green aspects, she stated, “We have two of the greatest environmentalists, Austin [Nichols] and Sophia [Bush] are both fantastic. In fact, they are great supporters of Global Green. Austin’s a big bike rider, they do so much, and they do a lot of work down in the Gulf.”
While newcomer to the environmental movement Brandon Johnson, of Disney’s hit show Shake It Up, said, “One of the biggest reasons why I’m here is because I want to learn, I wanna know, I want my thumb on the pulse of what’s going on in 2011 so I can be part of the solution and not the problem.”
While Elisabeth Rohm, of Heroes and Law & Order, gave us a little bit of advice and said that the best thing you can do for your health is to “Go raw whenever you can, eat raw, eat live, and enjoy that high because it’s the best way to cleanse and the best way to feel vibrant.”
Anyone else following a raw diet and feel the same way?