Prince Charles, a long-term organic gardener (well, he probably has a lot of hired gardeners) and advocate of the local food movement has commissioned music inspired by his award winning gardens at Highgrove. UPI explains:
Patrick Hawes, one of Britain's leading composers, has completed the four-movement Highgrove Suite, inspired by the gardens at Prince Charles's country home...
Claire Jones, the royal harpist, and the Philharmonia Orchestra will premier the suite this summer at a Highgrove concert to benefit The Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts.
Long before organic went mainstream, Prince Charles was an avid proponent. He recommended improving soils with compost instead of pouring on chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. He also advocated recycling kitchen and garden waste for compost and collecting rainwater to provide moisture for plants. Charles endured years of jokes about his views, which were considered a bit odd - but he didn't back down. And he put his money and personal influence behind them - most notably at his Highgrove estate...
Americans tend to think of organic gardening mostly in terms of vegetable gardens. But Prince Charles shows that following environmentally sound principles in the landscape works just as well with ornamentals, since his estates have the type of landscapes that are typical around European palaces and grand houses: intricately trimmed topiary, towering hedges, and many types of informal gardens - from wildflower meadows, orchards, and lily pools to "productive gardens" of vegetables and herbs.
I imagine the original royal gardens were grown organically before the invention of petrochemicals, and I am sure they were nothing less than spectacular.
Al Gore first brought us An Inconvenient Truth, now he and the Alliance for Climate Protection bring us environmental optimism with We Can Solve It. Personally, I need to feel like there is hope to alter climate change, and the We campaign does this by "igniting public action to help solve the climate crisis." Only together, can we solve this global problem. Oh, Mr. Gore, I wish you were president.
The folks at Comedy Central sent over this link to Lewis Black raging about global warming. Good stuff.
We love Lewis Black's segments on The Daily Show. This particular rant is part of Last Laugh '07, Comedy Central's look back at the political and pop cultural happenings of the last year. The show airs this Sunday. December 2nd at 10pm Eastern/9 p.m. Central.
A belated shout out to former Vice President Al Gore for winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Gore has brought much needed attention to the issue of global warming. We're glad he and, more importantly, the environment are finally getting the attention they deserve.
In this episode, Ed drops by to visit his environmentally conscious neighbor, none other than Bill Nye the Science Guy! (I LOVE that guy!) Evidently, the two get a little competitive over who lives a greener life.
Also in this episode, Ed and his wife Rachelle head to Sundance for the eponymous film festival.
Living with Ed airs on HGTV at 10 p.m. EST tonight, Sunday, February 4th. It'll re-air on Feb 5th and Feb 17th. Check HGTV for TV listing.
Cameron Diaz is touting the new Ecoist handbag collection made of recycled movie billboards. According to Ecorazzi:
“Last week, Cameron Diaz showed up to boyfriend Justin Timberlake’s William Rast fashion show sporting an Ecoist handbag. The bag was specially made for Diaz and consists of recycled movie billboards, plastic clasps and zipper.”
How cool, right? Ecoist prides itself on having a full line of handmade handbags that use 100% recycled materials. Taken from their site,
“Ecoist recycles candy wrappers, food packages, billboards, and other materials that would otherwise end up in landfills. We are finding uses for waste-bound materials and will continue to do so until those non-biodegradable materials are no longer manufactured. Apart from recycling, Ecoist utilizes organic and earth-friendly fabrics in the manufacturing of it products.”
Ecorazzi got the scoop, though it looks like they may have gotten the wrong picture. The bag pictured inset next to their pic of Cameron is a candy wrapper bag. The movie billboard bags look like the bag pictured below right. Taking a cue from Timberlake's hit song "Sexy Back," that's what we call a "Sexy Bag."
It's Columbus Day. What better time is there to sit back and reflect on indigenous people and the havoc we've wrought on them over the years? And who better to raise our awareness than...Gisele?!
Today's Ecorazzi reports that Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen is starring in a new commercial calling attention to the plight of the indigenous people of the Xingu River in Brazil, who are suffering due to deforestation and clean water issues in the Amazon.
Gisele will be starring in a new commercial to educate the public on the issues. These include a controversial hydroelectric dam that is under construction and river pollution from cattle ranchers, loggers and soy farmers.
Read the full story - and check out some fab pictures of Gisele from the photo shoot at Celebitchy.
God, we love Ecorazzi. Is the healthy, wholesomeness of an organic and natural lifestyle ever getting to be too much? Click on over for celebrity dish with an eco-friendly twist. For example, this recent story offers an eco-activist explanation for Lindsay Lohan's recent undie-free antics:
Many times, in order to help the environment, we need to give up certain things in our lives. This could mean using reusable containers instead of disposable Ziploc bags to store food or shutting off lights when we leave the room. It could also mean giving something up completely, such as printing emails, in turn choosing to read and store them electronically.
Well, now America’s socialites have taken a step towards a better earth in their very own way. They have given up panties. This is a huge win for the environment. They have given up the thong, which caused much energy to be used in creating the little strings that rested well above their pants line. Not to mention the pesticides used to grow any cotton that might have been used in the production of said thongs. This is great news.
Read more at Ecorazzi. Or better yet, check out pictures of hot (and wholesome?) models in organic hemp lingerie and make the call for yourself about which is more attractive.