Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Oscar Mania - World Saving Tips for Celebrities and their Fans (part 1 of 2)

Anyone watch the Oscars on Sunday? I thought Ellen was hilarious and did an amazing job especially with her vacuuming the red carpet bit. Beautiful gowns, handsome men, extra sumptuous Leo Di Caprio; what a glamorous night!

Another very handsome man who stood out and got his very deserving share of attention for the night was Al Gore. Oscar night marked a big personal victory for him who in the 2000 left politics after narrowly losing to George W. Bush. Since then, he embarked on a new campaign calling awareness to the threat of global warming.

My fellow Americans, people all over the world, we need to solve the climate crisis," Gore, the star and narrator of the documentary ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ (it won best documentary), said after taking the stage. "It's not a political issue, it's a moral issue. We have everything we need to get started, with the possible exception of the will to act. That's a renewable resource. Let's renew it."

'Way to go Al! '.

Keeping in sync with the ‘Go Green’ phenomenon, this year, the Oscar academy and the entire production team selected supplies and services with sensitivity toward reducing the threats we face from global warming, species extinction, deforestation and toxic waste. With guidance and assistance from the Natural Resources Defense Council, they realized that it was easy (and often cost effective) to make simple changes to reduce Oscar's ecological footprint.

I guess you don’t have to be famous to care.

With help from and, here are some World Saving Tips for Celebrities and their Fans.

Saving Energy on the Road

  • Look for more fuel-efficient, less polluting cars. A car that gets 20 miles to the gallon will emit about 50 tons of carbon dioxide over its lifetime. Double the gas mileage and you cut the emissions by half. Investigate the many new ultra-clean alternative fuel vehicles available. Reconsider extra features such as automatic transmission and 4-wheel drive -- they are often unnecessary and eat into gas mileage.

  • Keep your car in good condition. Get your engine tuned up regularly, change the oil, and keep your tires inflated properly -- proper maintenance can increase your car's fuel efficiency by 10 percent and reduce emissions.

  • Cut driving miles. Each gallon of gas your car burns releases about 22 pounds of atmospheric-warming carbon dioxide. Cutting your driving by just five miles each day would contribute to keeping tons of carbon dioxide from entering the air.

  • Carpool. If every car carried just one more passenger on its daily commute, 32 million gallons of gasoline (and the pollution produced by it) would be saved each day.
    Leave the car at home. Get in the habit of riding buses or trains as often as you can (just think of all the new people you'll meet!). For short distances, ride a bike or walk whenever possible.

  • Encourage community leaders to build bike lanes and sidewalks, as well as cycling and pedestrian-only streets