Making Waves on Both Sides of the Pond


Oceans 13 premiered in Hollywood on June 8, coinciding with World Ocean Day, which has been celebrated since the UN’s 1992 Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit. It’s championed by Oceana, an international organization that seeks to protect the oceans, which now welcomes Law & Order’s Sam Waterston aboard, along with long-time supporters Ted Danson and Pierce Brosnan...

Ed Begley, Jr. celebrated the day by moderating a panel of sea experts in St. Petersburg, Florida, including Philippe Cousteau, grandson of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau and President of Earth Echo and Animal Planet correspondent. There, they discussed threats to oceanic ecosystems.

Want to appear on HGTV’s Living With Ed show? Undergoing green renovations? Got a sense of humor? Live in southern California? If so, describe your house project, location, and attach a photo of you/your family to LivingWithEd@sbcglobal.net. For the screen test, you might want to put “Begley’s Best” cleaner on the counter…

Martin Scorsese’s amusing TV spots for American Express’ “Members Project” include an environmental message from Sheryl Crow, Ellen DeGeneres, Alicia Keys, among others. Submit your cause for a chance at $5 million in funding…

Across the Atlantic, London launched “Sustainable Weeks,” an array of eco-minded fetes and fairs. Its Eco-Rally blasted off with royal greenie Prince Charles test-driving alt-fuel vehicles, such as Saab’s bio-powered convertible…

Sir Richard Branson’s biodiesel train (Europe’s first) took its “virgin” trip with a diesel/biodiesel blend last week. Converting the fleet will cut carbon emissions by 14 percent—with plans for 100 percent. At last September’s Clinton’s Global Initiative conference, Branson pledged $3 billion to combat the climate change “catastrophe,” including a $25 million “Earth Challenge” award. His division for renewable energy, Virgin Fuels, will also test biofuel for Virgin’s airlines. Incoming Prime Minister Gordon Brown hailed the train—not to Wales, but as Britain’s way to lead the world in eco-friendly fuels…

Outgoing PM Tony Blair appeared in a spoof trailer for eco-org Global Cool, debuting at IIFA’s Indian film festival. Featuring actresses Heather Graham, Sienna Miller, and Bollywood’s megastar, Amitabh Bachchan, it expects to reach millions through DVDs and TV across the subcontinent. Sneak a peak…

Global Cool’s initiative for a billion planet-saving citizens publicizes its sustainability solutions with “the unifying power of high-profile friends.” Offsetting "how tiresome a bunch of rock stars and movie actors can appear when trying to tell the public how to run their lives," it ensures that the talent is actively committed to changing their carbon lifestyles.

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