Christie's Green Auction Raises $1.3 Million for Environmental Non-profits on Earth Day, Video Interviews from the Green Carpet

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Law and Order's Sam Waterston at Christie's Green Auction. Credit: Emma Grady
Christie's inaugural Green Auction: "A Bid to Save the Earth" raised $1,387,000 last evening, on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day to benefit four major environmental NGOs: Conservation International, Oceana, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and The Central Park Conservancy. Hosted by Susan and David Rockefeller, the live auction drew NGO heads, media, and a slew of socialites and celebrities. TreeHugger camped out on the green carpet and discussed the recent ruling by CITES on the Atlantic bluefin tuna with Oceana, the battle over the Belo Monte Dam in Brazil with Conservation International; ocean acidification with Law and Order's Sam Waterston, and much more. Watch the video interviews after the jump.

Law & Order's Sam Waterston on Ocean Acidification

Sam Waterston, known for his role as Jack McCoy on the NBC television series Law & Order, has been a great supporter of Oceana over the years. We asked him which Oceana campaign he was most passionate about, from protecting marine wildlife to responsible fishing practices. Find out what he says, below.

Oceana Chairman Keith Addis on the CITES Ruling on the Atlantic bluefin tuna

In a conversation with Oceana Chairman Keith Addis, The Daily Green's Brian Howard asks if there is a good chance we'll see a strong international policy on overfishing. See how Keith responds, below.

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Living wall at Christie's. Credit: Emma Grady

Over 600 guests attended the lavish event held at Christie's, 20 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. All fees were waived by the legendary auction house for the affair and live walls were installed as a one-time decoration (no word on whether or not they'll be staying up). The entire production of the evening, as well as all auction items, were offset through Native Energy. Notable guests included Salma Hayek, Sam Waterston, Ted Danson, Candice Bergen, Brian Williams, John McEnroe, Elettra Wiedemann, James Lipton, Joyce Varvatos, Rogan Gregory, Al Roker, Ann Curry, Matt Lauer, Natalie Morales, Kelly Cutrone, Willie Garson, Cornelia Guest, Doutzen Kroes, Derek Blasber, Willie Garson, and Miranda Kerr.

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Model Miranda Kerr. Credit: Emma Grady

Edward Dolman, CEO of Christie's, opened the evening welcoming attendees and saying that the auction house had been recycling for 440 years. Chevy Chase, Master of Ceremonies, took the stage soon after and added light-hearted commentary throughout the auction, led by auction Christie's Honary Chairman Christopher Burge.

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Hosts Susan and David Rockefeller both addressed the audience. Susan spoke to how the auction came together by putting good ideas to practice, and that the evening was a convergence of art and environment: Science grounds us with facts and art lifts us up to fulfill our dreams. David spoke to the importance of preserving the green earth and the blue ocean; Sailors for the Sea, his nonprofit that educates the boating community on protecting our oceans, and seemed confident that we will pass along a healthier environment. Christopher Burge, Honorary Chairman of Christie's, led the auction.

Hosts Susan and David Rockefeller Speak to the "Unprecedented" Event

I spoke with Susan and David briefly before the auction about my home state of Maine, the setting of their auction item, a sail with them off the coast of Mount Desert Island. Susan speaks to her Rocknrolla jewelery line that benefits Oceana and the unprecedented collaboration between four major NGOs in a video interview, below.

Conservation International's Peter Seligmann on Deforestation, Indigenous Communities, and More

We ask Peter Seligmann, co-founder Conservation International, which CI campaign he is most passionate about; we discuss climate change, Avatar, and how to take action on environmental issues.

Sex and the City's Willie Garson on Air Quality, Ashma, Hybrids, and More

Willie speaks to an environmental issue that needs to be brought more to the forefront, The Daily Green's Brian Howard joins in. Video by Emma Grady

Wait, it's not over yet. Visit A Bid to Save the Earth and browse silent auction items through May 6. Or, give a $10.00 donation to benefit the four NGOs, by texting "gogreen" to phone number 20222.

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