Jackson Browne Joins Mission Blue, the NRDC Honors Sheryl Crow, and More


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Oceanographer and author Sylvia Earle won the 2009 TED prize with a far-reaching wish: "to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas, hope spots large enough to save and restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet." The result? Mission Blue, an organization that creates and conserves marine areas, which kicked off with the Mission Blue Voyage in the Galapagos Islands. More than 100 guests--including Jackson Browne, Glenn Close, Leonardo DiCaprio, Edward Norton, Chevy Chase, and Jean-Michel Costeau--raised $16.7 million to fund the program.The Huffington Post caught Browne on site to get his take on what the program means to the ocean, the world--and his diet. "I think we have to change who we are," he says. "We have to eat differently, we have to travel differently, we're going to have to change who we are to not kill the world."


Ellen Shapes Up



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Shape magazine detoured from its usual cover (actress in a bikini) this month by putting comedian, American Idol judge, and vegan Ellen DeGeneres front and center. Inside, she talks about the her current sugar-free diet, her devotion to yoga, and the meat-free diet that keeps her energy levels up. "Food used to be really important to me," she says. "I loved steak, I loved hamburgers, I loved all that stuff. I can't believe how irresponsible I was, eating what I ate." And now? "No animals, no dairy, nothing processed; a lot of soup, veggies, rice, beans, legumes." She's also amped up her support for animal adoptions by joining Halo pet food and the US Post Office to promote a new stamp collection that shows off already-adopted cats and dogs.

NRDC Honors Sheryl Crow

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The Natural Resources Defense Council's 12th annual Forces for Nature gala honored musician Sheryl Crow at a sustainable ceremony at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan, where singer Lyle Lovett performed alongside actress Gloria Reuben and Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter emceed. The menu included seasonal, organic foods and local Long Island wine, and the flower arrangements were rescued after last call for future plantings. And along with Crow, the NRDC also honored environmental stewards Shelly and Tony Malkin--a member of the NRDC Board of Trustees and the owner of the company who made the Empire State Building energy efficient, respectively.

Bid on the Future with Christie's Earth Day Auction

Christie's will hold its first green auction on April 22, Earth Day's 40th anniversary, to support the NRDC, Oceana, Conservation International, and the Central Park Conservancy. The invitation boasts confirmed hosts including Sarah Jessica Parker, Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson, Harrison Ford, and Brooke Shields, but you can also save yourself the travel footprint by bidding online starting at 7:30 p.m. for artwork, weekend trips, and invites to the most exclusive parties and destinations. You can also check out the silent auction, which runs through May 6, for one-on-one celebrity experiences--including a day on the set with Hugh Jackman, dinner with Sigourney Weaver, or lunch with David Duchovny.

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