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Environmentalists Honored For Extraordinary Efforts

By Gina Hall
[Gina is a USC Film School Graduate. She works with Global Green USA and is a guest blogger for the Green Blog Network.]
Environmental nonprofit Global Green USA celebrated its 15th annual Millennium Awards at a star-studded fundraising gala at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica on Saturday. Celebrity guests and presenters included Kyra Sedgwick, Kevin Bacon, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Guest, Orlando Bloom, Miranda Kerr and Adrian Grenier. 

One of the evening’s high-profile honorees was actor Mark Ruffalo, recently nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for The Kids are Alright. Actress Laura Dern presented Ruffalo with his honor for his work to eliminate the controversial hydraulic fracturing, a.k.a., “hydrofracking,” a chemical process that fractures shale in order to retrieve oil and natural gas. The process, as seen in the Oscar-nominated documentary Gasland, has been shown to contaminate water supplies to the point of becoming flammable. Ruffalo has testified before Congress, arguing for a ban on the practice and has started his own foundation, Water Defense, to educate the public on the dangers of hydrofracking.


Ed Begley, Jr. was also among the honorees, for his work to inspire others to create a more sustainable world. Featured on the reality program, Living with Ed, the actor and Studio City resident has become associated with the ultimate in green living – even going as far as generating power for his home via stationary bicycle.  Other honorees included the Los Angeles Business Council for their work to encourage the use of solar power in the city, and Wendy Schmidt, founder of the Schmidt Family Foundation and the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X Prize. 

“Thanks to our sponsors, including Sprint, 360 Vodka and dozens more, Global Green raised over $470,000 to support our local and national initiatives,” noted Global Green’s Communications Director Ruben Aronin. 

“We are so excited to celebrate the impressive achievements of our 2011 Millennium Awards Honorees,” said Global Green President and CEO Matt Petersen. “It’s particularly auspicious to celebrate these leaders as World Environment Day approaches and we mark the one-year countdown to the Rio Earth Summit in 2012, when our global leaders will gather to make commitments to make our world more sustainable. Global Green will be marshaling its supporters to call for local and community-based approaches to solving climate change, including creating greener cities, schools and affordable housing for families.”

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>Twitter BP Account (Fake…And Tragically Funny)


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  1. Our company psychiatrists say now is the time to move onto the last phase of experiencing a tragedy, acceptance mixed with forgetfulness.
  2. @bpTerry just ran into the grabass room all excited and sincerely asked, “Why don’t we just call Captain Planet!?” – he has great weed, ok?

  3. We plan on spending millions of dollars to fix this mess. We also plan on jacking gas prices so high that you’ll wish you never complained.

  4. Announcement: bp is in desperate need of some positive visual PR. Anything goes. Submit to us w/ #bpbillboard. ABSOLUTELY NO PAY!

  5. WTF! RT @bpTerry just picked up the party banners i ordered yesterday. somehow they say “Operation: To] Kill Accomplished”. im in trouble.

  6. This horrible spill wouldn’t be happening in the gulf of AMERICA! Arizona knows what I’m talking ’bout!! #fistpound #bpcares

  7. Of course, bp cares about the fishing industry as well. Now, all tuna from the gulf coast comes pre-packaged in oil. #you‘rewelcome #yum

  8. @BarackObama is “angry and frustrated.” Well, so are we! This has really cut into our BP Goodtimes Field Trip Fund. #nomoredisneyland

  9. Heard rumors of a memo about bp choosing $$$$ over worker safety. It’s actually @bpTerry ‘s diary. So don’t read it, it’s VERY PRIVATE!

  10. Really turning clean up efforts into overdrive today. We don’t want Obama finding out about our crazy office keg parties tomorrow.

  11. We are dedicated to helping the wildlife in the gulf. Any birds that need cleaning must report to 287 Quartemain St, Baton Rouge, LA 70801.

  12. Just got the concession call from Exxon Valdez. They were great competitors and remarkably evil about everything. #bpwins!

  13. Absolutely true: RT @bpTerry just ruined a meeting with some scientists. i ate their pie chart on a dare. tasted horrible.

  14. The LA Times is reporting that Top Kill is working to plug the leak! Looks like our job here is done. See ya later gulf! #5dayweekend!

  15. Seems some are trying to co-opt us. What a PR nightmare! Wanna know how to tell us apart? We say pickledick and pussyfart. #bpsaysfuckyou

  16. After 38 long days, we’ve finally fixed it… No, not the leak! Terry joined twitter! RT @bpTerry testes, testes 1,2…. 3!?!?!?! lol.

  17. How do you pay for barrels & barrels of oil? With barrels & barrels of “bp cares” shirts for charity (ugh)

  18. A lot of people are asking if we could have prevented this mess. Honestly, we have no clue. Our hindsight is 20/80. #bpcares

  19. Correction! They are the ones robbing us of our hard earned shirt money.

  20. Can’t believe we’re literally losing thousands of dollars to selling free shirts. Terry never reads the fine print.

  21. RT @BP_America – Top kill procceding according to plan. – FAKE ACCOUNT! CAN’T SPELL! If I had less than 7k followers, I wouldn’t bother.

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