Avatar Director James Cameron Talks Greening Hollywood On Global Green USA's 2010 Pre-Oscar Bash Green Carpet

Celebrities came out in force to discuss Greener Cities For A Cooler Planet at this year's Global Green Pre-Oscar Bash. Greening Hollywood was there to capture the moments and document Avatar Director James Cameron'swords about the importance of making films with an environmental theme and also Leonardo DiCaprio's, Jessica Alba's and others' support of Global Green USA, Greening Hollywood and Greening The Globe. Stay tuned for the Academy Awards on Sunday March 7th, 2010. Suzy Amis Cameron will wear her Eco-chic gown on the Oscar Red Carpet.



Olympic Echoes

Echoes of the 2010 Winter Olympics are all around. A mere 48 hours after Canada won the definitive hockey game in overtime, and the streets are filled with poignant echoes of these past two weeks of historical moments, indelible memories.

Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

And how incredible those moments were, these memories are.

As people scrambled onto their trains, planes and buses this past day and a half, Vancouver has been left empty. Canada Hockey Place echoes with the glory of games won, victories lost; the Olympic Athletic Village is now bereft of its glorious inhabitants;  BC Place echoes with the emptiness of the silence left after the golden podium moments, the Neil Young "Long May You Run," sung lyrics.

Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue

The echoes, the emptiness are a dramatic reminder that people, energy, living organisms and the essence of being alive are what animate our Earth.

And isn't that what is at the heart of this whole discussion of the "greenest Olympic games in history." An urban landscape, without people, people who are alive, energetic and dynamic, is simply a lonely concrete urban landscape.

Men's Short Track Relay

To come together and celebrate the glory of a select few athletes who have trained hard to be at the pinnacle of human athletic excellence is the Olympics. It's as much the Olympics as the competitions themselves.

To leave a lasting legacy, a healthy planet, for these young athletes and their progeny, and all of the rest of us who currently call planet Earth home, is what is at the heart of this whole carbon neutral conversation, this ongoing dialogue about Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

Shaun White

St. Gelais

Whether the Vancouver 2010 Olympic games were the greenest in history is not what is the most important criteria by which to judge. What the most important criteria by which to judge is that there was significant attention placed on the importance of Greening the Olympics.  And the threads of green were evidenced throughout the games, like an intricate brocade of spun gold, in this case, spun green.

Julia Mancuso and Lindsey Vonn

Three billion people worldwide watched the Winter Olympics. Hundreds of thousands walked the streets of Vancouver where no matter where you looked you saw recyclable trash cans, alternative energy showcases, streamlined public transportation, carbon offset programs...and pedestrians. Visitors to the Olympics no doubt learned a lot about Vancouver, and also couldn't avoid learning about environmental practices while they were there.

Jasey Jay Anderson

The power of sporting events to galvanize people, to galvanize nations was once again on display.

On the fuel-cell powered shuttle bus ride back from the NRC fuel cell research center, I was engaged in a friendly discussion with a fellow journalist from Reuters. "Are the games really the greenest?" she asked me.  My response to her, and now, is that it depends on where you focus and it depends on your mindset.  Sure, a Zamboni or two may have malfunctioned on the ice a couple of times, but where else has it been achieved to focus 3 billion people's attention on the issue of environmentally friendlier ways of throwing sporting events where the whole world comes to celebrate?

Women's Curling Team, Canada

Simon Ammann, Swiss, Photo by Dmitry Lovetsky, AssociatedPress

We will leave you with one last thought.  Bio Plastic Ski Boots.

Atomic Ski Boots Made From Bio Plastics

Hnh?  Yes, although plastics are simply, for the most part, solidified oil, DuPont has come up with a Bio Plastic called Hytrel® RS. It  contains 35% to 65% renewably sourced material. The plastic is made with carbon captured from coal-factory smokestacks, some plastics can be made from 55% captured carbon; the goal is 100%.

Atomic Ski Boots manufactures the ski boots. The newest boots in the line are the Renu 110 and Renu 90. They are billed as the first carbon negative planet positive product in the ski boot world. They use a style of plastic called Pebax Renew Bio Plastic. Atomic says all components of the boots are reusable and recyclable.

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Rock The Boat Documentary Film

I have never left you and I will always be here for you. Have you forgotten me? When you are ready to  return I will be here for you. It's time we start a life together again...

            The Los Angeles River

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Kayaking in the Glendale Narrows

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A long stretch past Downtown

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Heading to Sepulveda Dam

LA River near Downtown LA

Dancers Protest


Okay, so we don't usually post notices here. But this time we're making an exception. Why?
1. Because we love L.A.
2. Because we love Water.
3. Because we know the film director : )

Moreover, when LA's river was shackled by cement, the city's lifeblood was iced over by concrete. Revive the water flow and life will once again flow more freely and flourish. We're all for that.

So during this 82nd Annual Oscar Week, take a little time and take in a Doc about the city that cradles the film industry.

Produced by Heather Louise Parker and Directed by Thea Mercouffer
Cinematography by Ian Campbell, Edited by David Dobson, and Music by Mike Raznick
For more information, or to view the trailer, visit

Magic Pebble Media and WSR Creative
"ROCK THE BOAT - Reclaiming the LA River"
Join us for a pre-screening of
"Rock The Boat"
"On The Edge"
  • Admission is free
    When: Wednesday, March 3rd 2010, 9PM
  • Where: The Electric Lodge in Venice; 1416 Electric Avenue, Venice, CA 90291
  • Free parking on site
Admission is free, but bring a checkbook, just in case you are moved to support us. Watch the films, meet the dancers, and stay after for an informal discussion with the filmmakers.
ROCK THE BOAT - a fresh new doc
   One man's dream to kayak in Los Angeles,
          a cemented-in river, and
                a watershed moment for the nation.

“Rock the Boat” follows a controversial and surreal boating expedition down the cemented-in Los Angeles River and looks at how the ‘city of dreams’ turned into nightmare sprawl due to our history of using, managing and re-working nature in a single-minded quest for 'more'. (Think Huckleberry Finn meets "Chinatown"). "Rock the Boat" is about how we found paradise, lost it, and might re-claim it. By turning the LA River into a vibrant focal point of LA, as many are now envisioning, this ever-expanding city might be again alive with hope and dreams, while becoming almost completely locally reliant for its water supply. 

"On The Edge" (6 minutes short)
In the summer of 2008 a group of intrepid Angelenos embarked on an unlikely and very illegal adventure: to boat the entire 51-mile length of the forbiddenLA River. Just after they were stopped by police in helicopters, they were met by three groups of dancers.
WSR and Magic Pebble Media Welcome you to become a part of Film Making History.

Three ways to get involved:
  1.  Simply forward this email to a friend.  You may know a boating enthusiast or someone passionate about the environment and who would like to participate in our prescreening as well as volunteer to help promote our film.
  2. Volunteer. We have several volunteer positions to help us raise awareness about our film as well as raise funds for its completion.
  3. Donate. Your donations are tax deductable and your name may appear on the credits of our final cut of Rock The Boat! 

Please spread the word about this documentary -
to LA friends, environmentalists, or
people who love documentaries. 
Help us create a greener future for the LA River
- for all of us.


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