With Halloween lurking, Bette Midler’s annual “Hulaween” event (to fund the New York Restoration Project) presents an online auction for anyone unable to attend the gala. Until Nov. 10, bid on lots of celebs offering meet’n’greets and VIP tix—all to benefit the planting of green space in Manhattan and its boroughs. Prius-driving star of The New Adventures of Old Christine Wanda Sykes is giving away a ticket to her Vegas stand-up show for only $500, and some bigger ticket items include a $7,500 seat at a Cher show, a ticket to the Entourage premiere for $10,000, a seat at a Kathy Griffin show, a chance to meet Whoopie Goldberg backstage on the set of The View, and autographed posters from greenie Leo DiCaprio. Lunch with Hugh Jackman is raking in a whopping $20,000 in cash for the cause—and counting.
Speaking of Aussies, Oz actor/eco-activist, Cate Blanchett, opened the ninth World Congress of Metropolis in Sydney last weekend, to discuss social sustainability, climate change and the global economic crisis. The gathering (80 cities strong) dealt with growing concerns that the worldwide recession could halt environmental progress and slow urban renewal. Will plans for richer cities to fund poor cities survive the current tumult?
On the subject of connecting the dots between global warming and the financial meltdown, Al Gore hosts a “Power Vote” live webcast to get out the youth vote–so far, there’s apparently a low youth turnout in early voting. On Wednesday, Oct. 29, the former Veep speaks on how to “Repower America,” linking the critical upcoming election to eco and economic issues, and addressing the pronounced differences between the candidates. Sign up to join in at 8:30 pm EST/5:30 pm PST at We Can Solve It. With lots of green initiatives on the ballot in many states, read the fine print.
“Vote!” was the message at a Washington D.C. rally this past Sunday where Heroes star Hayden Panettiere joined supporters at the Capitol building, who gathered to form the shape of a pilot whale for an aerial art stunt. The 19-year-old actress took the role of the whale’s eye for the photo op, which took place on the anniversary of her protest against whale slaughter in Japan last year. “I’m going to make my first vote count,” she says. Can’t imagine it will be cast for the McCain/Palin ticket, considering the Gov shot wolves from a helicopter and attempted to remove polar bears from the threatened species list. Just a guess.