Eco Maniac: How Green Does Your Oscar Glow?
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You probably wouldn't expect the Academy Awards to be a very eco-friendly event, and you'd be correct. Although, some folks do what they can.
Meryl Streep, in addition to being practically perfect in every way, arrived at the red carpet in the solar-powered 2010 Toyota Prius that will be unveiled later this spring. Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, Rosario Dawson and Adrien Grenier are taking the same ride as coordinated by Toyota and Econation, a company that provides green ground transportation. "The entertainment industry is working to influence the rest of the world to use more sustainable options for transportation," stated Ben Bloch, Managing Partner of Econation, "with the new Prius, Toyota continues to break ground and set the right example for the rest of the industry. You might be surprised how many people prefer a Prius over a stretch or an SUV these days. Everyone from CEO's of the biggest film studios to Academy Award(TM) nominees request the Prius when they're going out on the town because it makes the best statement from an environmental perspective, and is stylish and comfortable as well."
As far as the nominated films go, Wall-E had an eco theme and won several categories, though it wasn't nominated for Best Picture. Two documentaries — Werner Herzog's Encounters at the End of the World and the Katrina snapshot Trouble the Water — could also be considered environmental pieces, but neither of them one. (That statue went to Moon's pet film Man on Wire.)
Here's Zaproot's take on last night's non-eco nominees:
Global Green USA threw a pre-Oscar party at Avalon in Los Angeles a few days ago that included guests like Sheryl Crow, Gavin Rossdale, Kate Walsh, Neil Patrick Harris, Heather Graham and, of course, DiCaprio. Despite owning two hybrids, Walsh arrived in Audi's new diesel-powered Q7 TDIs, while Maria Menounos wore a milk fiber dress and recycled jewelry. Crow and Rossdale both performed at the event that raised money for GG's Green Schools program in New Orleans. The initiative focuses on improving student health and performance, creating green jobs and solving climate problems. Trying to get the audience to be generous in their donations, Crow proclaimed, "I like green — I like trees, I love dollar bills!"