Green was the new black at Wednesday’s 11th annual pre-Oscar party for Global Green USA at the Avalon in Hollywood.
The environmental organization celebrated its 20th anniversary with many stars to support its cause, raise funds and hear about Global Green’s current initiatives.
“I think it’s just important to remind people, especially during Oscar week, that we do have to take care of our planet, it’s not just about who’s going to win and who’s wearing what, so it’s just a nice way to kind of focus the week,” said Michelle Branch.
Joan Rivers was there to say it’s just the little things that can help our planet. “I’m so green, its ridiculous,” she said. “I’m not even joking. I pull out television plugs when they’re not being used. When I’m in hotel rooms, every light goes off when I leave.”
Moby headlined the zero-waste event for his first and only live band performance in 2014.
“I’ve been a committed environmentalist for a very long time, ya know, I was raised by hippies, so being environmentally responsible was a big part of my childhood,” said Moby. “I really appreciate Global Green’s approach to environmental stewardship.”
His performance was the highlight of the night for celebrities like Jane Seymour, Malin Akerman and “Veep’s” Matt Walsh and wife Morgan Walsh, who all danced through the show.
Guests enjoyed an organic plant-based meal — even the wine was sustainably grown.
A live auction helped raised thousands of dollars for Global Green USA. Thanks to Akerman, two men (including Relativity’s Ryan Kavanaugh) bid $12,000 and won a conflict-free diamond ring for her.
Yes, the night was a celebration and a kick off to the Oscars, but Global Green was also there to raise awareness to one of the world’s most serious problems — climate change.
“If we continue business as usual, our coasts are going to disappear,” said interim executive director Mary Luévano.
California and the coastal communities across the country are at risk from sea level rise and extreme weather, and it’s also impacting the nation’s most disadvantaged communities, she said.
Other celebrities that attended were Ed Begley Jr., Maggie Grace, Luke Perry, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Billy Zane, Frances Fisher and the Crystal Method.