Monday, February 26, 2007

A Very Convenient Fact

Last night at the Academy Awards, An Inconvenient Truth won the Oscar for best documentary, which I'm actually pretty happy about. The problem is that Leo Dicaprio and Al Gore seemed very cuddly with themselves because they've apparently "made the Oscars more green". Certainly it's a good effort, and any changes to what's being done is a step in the right direction, but I don't see how they can seriously be proud of themselves for taking something that was the opposite of green and turn it a click closer, making it somewhere around a slightly orange shade of pure crimson red.

How much energy, time, and natural material is wasted by the Academy Awards? All of the suits, dresses, jewelry, advertising media and paper - how much time and energy is used just in creating this stuff? Not to mention the fact that it won't be used after last night (okay, maybe it will but you know some of it isn't!), hopefully this is one of the things that Leo and Al Gore have improved, recycling of the crap that's wasted for the ceremonies. Then there's the concert hall itself, how much energy is needed to light, heat, prepare and tear-down that place for celebrities to spend 4 hours of their time comfortably sitting there and looking good.

The transporation required to have this thing happen is insane, how many planes, cars, limos, and Hummers were used in getting all of the richest of the rich into one place? Did more then 50% of the attendees ride a bus or bicycle to the proceedings? I fill out LEED documents pretty frequently, and if it's less then 25% you don't get much credit at all. Was the concert hall set up and stage layout kept up for other performances? Oh, sorry, a giant gold statue doesn't really fit in with much other then perhaps El Dorado: the musical journey of eroticism with inanimate objects.

Yes, I watched about half of the whole ceremony last night AND I enjoyed it a good amount, but the point I'm making is that they were proud of themselves for "making it more Green". In the scope of things they really haven't done much of anything, if you want the Academy Awards to be of any help you have to cancel them outright and distribute the Oscars online to celebrities, or just let them know in person via Segways or delivered via Commuter Bus. I'm all for what they are trying to accomplish, I absolutely HATE the reasons they're using to try and convince the stupid-world to go along with the ideas, but I'll get into all that in a day or two.


Dave said...

Well, the current green movement is more about gradual steps than sweeping changes like you're suggesting. You're right, there's more they could do, but that's a lot harder to swallow for most people. Despite how much actual conserving was done for this year's Oscars (which I haven't researched) maybe people will say, "If the academy awards can save the environment, I can too!"

Bartoneus said...

Yea, I can definitely see the benefit of that, but there's also the argument that if the Oscars are Green, then hell my weekly baby-swan barbeque where we burn paper, eat coal, and spray paint our house with chloroflourocarbons must be Green too!

Okay, so extreme example, but if they're calling the Oscars Green then it gives off a bad idea of what Green really is. It could serve to deaden the meaning of the movement, and pollute it as often happens when things catch the eye of media and pop-culture.

Darvin said...

Im still waiting for my Coal-Fired Steam-SUV to take on all these damn greenie weenies. I WANT GLOBAL WARMING TO FLOOD THE EARTH! I SHALL HAVE my beach-front tropical property in Antartica.

Unless they pay me... a hefty ransom.

Danny said...

Wait, you're getting steam from burning coal? :D