History of the Pre-Oscar Party
On February 26th, we're having a party. But not just any party. This is Global Green's annual Pre-Oscar event which has drawn luminaries in Hollywood for over a decade who come together every year to draw attention to the most pressing environmental problem facing humankind—climate change.
The party, the brainchild of Global Green USA Board Member Sebastian Copeland and former President Matt Petersen, has attracted the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Orlando Bloom, Salma Hayek, Tobey Maguire, Penelope Cruz, Russell Simmons, Sheryl Crow, Maroon 5—and many, many others from the entertainment and music industries—who pledge their allegiance to supporting Global Green's work to find smart solutions to climate change.
It all started in 2002, leading up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development. "The Pre-Oscar event grew from an urgent call for the Hollywood community—perhaps the loudest media mouthpiece on Earth—to engage in climate change awareness and commit to supporting efforts to mitigate it," says Copeland. "12 years on, this message has only grown sharper and more relevant."
Following the summit, Global Green launched the "Red Carpet, Green Cars" campaign to highlight the benefits of driving alternative fuel vehicles. Academy Award nominees like DiCaprio and others drove to the Oscars in these cars helping to create a global market for them. In 2004, the movements came together to form Global Green's annual Pre-Oscar Party in Hollywood. Now, the event highlights the work of Global Green on green schools, green affordable housing, solar energy and other programs to raise awareness and to raise funds to further our work.
Most of all, it's a fun way to celebrate the environment and enjoy music from acts like country icon (and bio-diesel enthusiast) Willie Nelson who headlined last year's event. Join us this year and help us celebrate!