“In order to solve the climate crisis, we have to solve the democracy crisis,” said former Vice President Al Gore in a speech at the Technology, Entertainment and Design conference in Monterey, California.
I would tend to believe just about anything Al said and, according to a recent Wired article, Mr. Gore says that “68 percent of Americans now believed that human activity was responsible for global warming, and 69 percent believed the Earth was heating up in a significant way. But this, along with buying hybrids and installing solar panels, wasn’t enough Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Paris Hilton is thinking green. Or shall we say “dreaming”? According to Page Six in the NY Post, Paris recently attempted to up her eco-Q by telling US Weekly she’d “ordered a Hummer Hybrid.” It was a nice thought, but it was simply that… a thought. Page Six wrote that a Hummer spokesperson said no such car existed. And the vehicle manufacturer’s online forum confirmed that their product will not be going green anytime soon. “We need to be true to what we are from a Hummer standpoint,” posted Susan Docherty, general manager of the Hummer Division. “We’re a real masculine, rugged, irreverent brand.” What was Paris thinking? Was she confusing the concept of green with the Hummer H3T? This gas-guzzling machine is, after all, a hybrid of a Hummer and a pickup.
I love Spinal Tap. (The band, not the procedure.) And I was thrilled to see their rocking reunion at last year’s Live Earth concert. Apparently others were, too, because the Ernie Ball Music Man Global Warming guitar played during the show by Christopher Guest (or Nigel Tufnel, for you fans out there) just sold on eBay for a whopping $19,850.00 Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
While Alyssa Milano doesn’t eat animals, she evidently does wear salad. (As opposed to other people who wear animals and eat salad.)
The sexy actress has donated herself to PETA’s Let Vegetarianism Grow On You campaign, which urges people to stop eating meat. Posed on the cover of the organization’s European magazine Animal Times, Alyssa wears an organic ensemble of lettuce, asparagus and cabbage leaves. The floor length frock was created by L.A.-based costume designer Mia Gyzander.
It’s an interesting look, but I’m guessing not as big of a crowd pleaser as PETA’s naked celebrity campaigns. I suspect the animal loving actress turned sportswear designer also eschews animal products in her wardrobe, so maybe we can look forward to seeing her go naked rather than wearing fur. (Hint hint.)
Henrik Schwarz is blowing up. From his played-to-death remix of Coldcut’s “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” to the smokin’ hot “Where We At” (featuring a Vocal of the Year from Derrick Carter), the guy is everywhere.
Just what does the future have in store for today’s youth? Well, if Chevy has their way, the kids of today will end up the green grownups of tomorrow.
Given what the minds of today’s kids are fixated upon, what better way for Chevy to reach out and promote green living than through the young stars of “Hannah Montana”, “High School Musical”, “Desperate Housewives”, “That’s So Raven”, “Bratz”, “Kicking and Screaming”, “Cory In The House” and “Wizards of Waverly Place” (don’t worry, I had to imdb those last few as well)…
Held at Disney Studios and featuring a performance by the Jonas Brothers, “Chevy Rocks The Future” intended to educate kids on ways to prolong the life of the planet. And judging from the above clip, some of these youngsters have a lot to learn. One adorable tyke said doing his part involved conserving water by drinking a minimal amount of it. Another expressed an interest in a car that ran on ranch dressing or vinaigrette, so he could lick it clean.
But hey, you gotta start somewhere, right? And if today’s kids are anything like I was many decades ago, they’ll listen to their favorite stars and do their best to emulate them. Which is good for all of us. Because when I’m old, these kids will be in charge.
Let’s just hope they don’t start licking cars…
For more on Disney and Chevy’s Rock The Future campaign, click here.
Typically, Los Angeles turns out some real putrid tunes — being that the music scene is hoarded and bent every day by the awful record company machine. Only those off the corporate A&R radar escape to earnest-ville.
Kevin Federline never ceases to shock me. First he leaves his pregnant girlfriend Shar Jackson to be with Britney Spears, then he actually marries Britney amid speculation of being a slacking opportunist — and then after they split, the pop princess goes down a shame spiral of panty-free partying, Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
The guys of Maroon 5 are not shy about expressing their eco-friendliness. They’ve toured using biodiesel, used recycled goods on the road and donated money from ticket sales to Global Cool.
And now, drummer Matt Flynn is supposedly using Lucky Earth’s waterless car wash to spiff up his Volvo.
This sounds very eco-friendly, when you consider that “a typical car wash uses between 20 to 45 gallons of water per car,” while washing your car at home “can use between 80 and 140 gallons.” With an estimated 240 million cars currently traveling the U.S.’s roadways, if half of them gave their cars a waterless bath once a month, it would mean a savings of 28 billion gallons of water yearly, about 40,000 Olympic size pools’ worth.
30 years after exploding onto the British music scene with her seminal band, Siouxsie and the Banshees (and equally influential splinter group, the Creatures), the high priestess of post-punk and blistering alternapop — Siouxsie Sioux — finally drops her highly anticipated solo debut, Mantaray.
The illuminating set showcases the enduring legend in top form, delivering an intimate self portrait edged with the Banshees’ razor-sharp lyrics and glacial-pop fury and the Creatures’ multicultural textures and primal rhythms with searing electronic rock, flamboyant glam, freeform jazz and tender ballads. Buttressed by a cacophony of sonically adventurous tracks including the industrial-fuelled opener “Into A Swan,” “Loveless,” the Bond-inspired, big band romp “Here Comes That Day,” the cinematic “If It Doesn’t Kill You” and the rapturous “They Follow You, Mantaray is an intoxicating epiphany that will surely thrill long-time devotees and firmly implant the icon into the consciousness of a new generation of fans.
Despite his propensity to break into song — Viva Laughlin had people laughing for all the wrong reasons — we still love Hugh Jackman. The Tony Award-winning boy from Oz is currently in neighboring New Zealand filming the prequel to the outrageously successful X-Men trilogy, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” — which, we’re happy to report, is being done green.
With principal photography taking place in the pristine wilderness of Queenstown in the South Island, “Wolverine” will provide a template or a “green screen” which future productions must adhere to. “A movie of this nature is a huge undertaking,” said district council waste minimization manager Stefan Bowry, one “that might involve remote catering for hundreds of cast and crew, administration, set building, construction and painting. The potential for recycling is enormous.”
Move over, Dr Phil. The latest authority to chip in on the Spears crisis is PETA. In a letter to Brit’s parents, Jamie and Lynne Spears, the president of PETA, Ingrid Newkirk, offered her two cents on the former pop star’s rumored schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, citing a possible connection between her diet and her Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos