Some of the nation’s best-known and critically acclaimed celebrities, Leonardo DiCaprio, Edward Norton, Jason Bateman, Felicity Huffman and Forest Whitaker, along with rising stars Chace Crawford, Emmy Rossum and Justin Long, are leading a campaign to help citizens sound the call for clean energy in Washington.
Over the past few years, the Academy Awards have become a fuel-efficient vehicle for Hollywood’s green movement. And perhaps no environmental nonprofit has gleaned more momentum from star power than Global Green USA, which helped put the celebrity machine into first gear in 2003, when it shuttled A-list’ers to the Oscars in alternative-fuel cars.
The sight of Leonardo DiCaprio (who drove his own Prius) and others wheeling up in hybrids seems to have galvanized Hollywood greens who’d already felt the call to tout eco-awareness. The following year, Global Green USA unfurled its first “Red Carpet-Green Cars” pre-Oscars Party, attended by a slew of luminaries, including DiCaprio.