Oscars Go Green

Al Gore’s documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth,” did more than win a couple of Oscars last night; it inspired the ceremony’s producers to go green. As they stood on stage, the former vice president and Leonardo DiCaprio lauded the event’s smaller ecological footprint. 

"For the first time in the history of the Oscars, environmentally intelligent practices have been thoughtfully integrated into the planning of tonight's event to make our world healthier and help combat the threat of global warming," Best Actor nominee DiCaprio told the crowd.

The NRDC gave the ceremony’s producers a hand in offsetting carbon emissions, using recycled paper, reducing waste, and saving energy. Organizers had the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power conduct an energy audit on the Kodak Theater to figure out how to cut energy use. Ballots were cast on recycled paper, and organic and environmentally-friendly food was served at the Governor’s Ball. (Some stars arrived in green style, rolling up to the red carpet in hybrid and electric vehicles.)

"By announcing this initiative from such a legendary and respected stage, the Academy is reaching tens-of-millions of people across the world with a message that cleaner, more sensible energy choices and a simple commitment to environmental stewardship are Oscar-worthy endeavors for everyone," NRDC President Frances Beinecke said in a press release.

The efforts made by the Academy helped spotlight the fact that, according to Gore, the climate change crisis is "not a political issue, it's a moral issue," a message that many celebrities seemed eager to promote. In the coming years, activists hope that the Academy will continue to develop its green initiatives and that the glammed-out stars will do their part to popularize the movement. Maybe next year we’ll see some celebs dressed in gowns made from recycled threads.


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